I am client focused, strength-based, and utilize cognitive reframing to help develop mental, physical, and emotional strength. The client is the master of his/her path to healing. By providing both guidance and a safe place to self-explore, I am a resource and support to clients as they make their journey to healing.
I am certified and licensed to use breath work, mindfulness, and yoga practices combined with clinical counseling in a powerful approach to add joy to your life and achieve your personal goals.
I am an educator and counselor and have been serving the public-school system for over 25 years. I began studying yoga in 2000, earned my 200 hour certification in 2002 and continued my study of Raja Yoga at the Himalayan Institute completing my 500 hour certification. I then returned to academia to complete my Maryland Professional License. It was important to me to learn yoga credentials along with State Licensure to address the whole person in treatment. This combined treatment option allows me to meet the client where he/she is in respect to physical well-being, one’s emotional health, and mental clarity and stability.
Each person may notice stress in the body through tight shoulders or neck, headaches, clenched jaws, upset stomach, or any other number of physical symptoms. I believe the emotion attached to that stress also manifests, or gets “stuck” in the body. Research shows that yoga, mindfulness practices, along with breath and body awareness can create measurable, positive changes in brain functioning along with physical and mental health. This approach can be very powerful to reduce anxiety, cope with stressful situations, and help clear the mind of distractions for healthy decision making.
In addition to meeting with individual clients, I facilitate the “Don’t Forget to Breathe!” weekend retreat each March and October. This project-based weekend is designed to build up depleted mental and physical energy and empower participants to develop skills and techniques to decrease stress and enhance enjoyment of daily life.
Michelle Grassa Kozak, LCPC