About Stephanie Sisson, MSW, LICSW, SEP

I received my master's degree in social work from UCLA in 1996 and have worked with people of all ages facing a wide range of challenges and conditions. For over ten years, I worked exclusively at The Samarya Center, teaching yoga and using a yoga-based therapy approach called Integrated Movement Therapy®. I was the clinical supervisor, the lead IMT trainer and also a yoga teacher trainer.

I now use primarily Somatic Experiencing® and am a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner. This is an approach developed by Peter Levine, the psychologist and scientist who has written many books, including Waking the Tiger. SE was originally used for healing trauma; it is a gentle yet powerful body-oriented approach for working with disregulation in the nervous system, which can be a source of anxiety, depression, feelings of being stuck and many other issues, in addition to trauma. I am also an assistant on SE trainings.

I have worked with people dealing with a wide range of issues and challenges, from depression to recovery from childhood abuse, from anxiety to chronic pain and health conditions. I am warm and accepting and am able to connect with people of all backgrounds, ethnicities, sexual orientations, genders and religions. I bring patience, humor and curiosity to therapy sessions and enjoy working with folks who have tried traditional talk therapy before but it hasn't totally worked for them. I love my work.

I am a member of the National Association of Social Workers and a licensed independent clinical social worker in the state of Washington.

Here are some articles I have written:

Purnam: The Heart of Yoga Therapy
Yoga Therapy Today Volume 5, Issue 2, June 2009

Ahimsa: The Ethical Foundation of Yoga Therapy
International Journal of Yoga Therapy No. 18 (2008)

Bringing Comfort: Yoga for the Seriously Ill and Dying 
Kripalu Yoga Teachers Association Yoga Bulletin Vol 16. No. 2 (Summer, 2007)

The Benefits of Sun Salutations on Traumatic Brain Injury: A Case Study 
International Journal of Yoga Therapy (Supplement, 2007)