One-On-One Sessions Blending the Western Psychological Approach with the Non-Dual Hridaya Yoga Perspective

Hridaya Yoga aspires to create the best conditions for people to reveal their True Nature, the Spiritual Heart. As part of providing support during the spiritual journey, we offer one-on-one psychological therapy sessions. These sessions utilize the most up-to-date, evidence-based practices from Western Psychology approached from the Hridaya perspective.

Hridaya teacher and clinical psychologist Naomi White accesses the wisdom of the non-dual teachings and applies her background in theory, research, and practice to offer these sessions from the Heart. She creates an open, supportive, and loving environment in which to explore difficulties, traumas, stuck places, and blind spots in order to heal and transcend them. This approach supports the spiritual journey, as challenges can often be blessings in disguise—offering opportunities for profound growth and deep intimacy with the Self.

Non-Dual Psychotherapy

Naomi’s psychological work stems from a mindfulness-based cognitive-behavioral-developmental-systems framework that is couched in the non-dual perspective. Therapies drawn on include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT), Narrative Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), and Schema Therapy. Naomi also offers contemplative practices and yoga techniques as part of the therapeutic journey. Sessions are tailored to the individual from a holistic, person-centered, solutions-focused approach. Naomi does not prescribe psychotropic medications, but understands how they work and their role in treatment.

Reasons people seek psychological help on the spiritual path include:

  • Addressing issues that are getting in the way of practice (e.g., trauma flashbacks, overwhelming anxiety, depression)
  • Addressing issues they are using their practice to avoid (this is something many may not even know they’re doing)
  • Addressing issues that are arising in their practice—as awareness expands, difficulties that may have gone unnoticed or been avoided in the past can come up for examination and resolution
  • General mental health issues they would like to approach from this perspective (bipolar disorder, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, trauma, relationship problems, etc.)
  • Curiosity to see what comes up when discussing where they are on the spiritual journey—we don’t know what we don’t know

Areas that can be addressed include:

  • Addiction
  • Anxiety, panic, phobias, and fears (including fear of illness and death)
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Body image
  • Borderline personality disorder
  • Depression
  • Difficulties with emotional intensity
  • Difficult relationships with food and eating
  • Eating disorders
  • Feeling stuck in the past, unable to move forward
  • Feeling stuck in the future, unable to be present
  • Grief and loss
  • Perfectionism
  • Persistent and difficult-to-transcend ego patterns (in both mind and behavior)
  • Personality disorders
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Self-acceptance, self-esteem, self-compassion, and self-confidence
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Social anxiety/phobia
  • Trauma (including adult and childhood sexual abuse)

Note Note that this list is not exhaustive. We will likely be able to address any psychological issues that arise.

Leader: Naomi White
Office Hours: Monday-Saturday 8:30 am-5:00 pm. Note that these hours may vary depending on the school schedule.

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