Ann Saffi Biasetti
I have been a practicing Psychotherapist for 27 years. I hold a PhD in Transpersonal Psychology and am licensed as a Clinical Social Worker. My doctoral research, a constructivist grounded theory, explored the role of self-compassion in eating disorder recovery. My first book, Befriending Your Body: A Self-Compassionate Approach to Freeing Yourself from Disordered Eating, will be released through Shambhala publications August 7, 2018.
In the past, I have trained in Gestalt group psychotherapy as well as Relational theories. Twelve years ago I obtained my 200 hour yoga teacher certification and went on to complete over a thousand hours of additional training in yoga (E-RYT-500), yoga therapeutics, and yoga therapy. I am a certified yoga teacher, certified yoga therapist (C-IAYT) and embodiment teacher. I hold a certificate in mindfulness training through IMP (Institute of Meditation and Psychotherapy) and am a certified MSC (Mindful Self-Compassion) teacher. The emphasis of my yoga therapy training has been on mind/body integration, which has greatly influenced my clinical work.
I specialize in embodied psychotherapy. (please read more about this under psychotherapy services). Throughout my clinical career I have been drawn to practicing within a holistic framework, integrating thoughts, emotions and physical sensations in the moment. The world of neuroscience, especially embodied cognition and consciousness studies, has greatly influenced my psychotherapy work and the formulation of my interventions. I have developed a technique, MBE © (Mindfulness-Based Embodiment), used within talk therapy sessions, that allows you to become aware of patterns, both in the mind and body that may no longer serve you in your life. Together we work on re-framing and re-programming these patterns.
AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
- Primary eating disorders: Anorexia, Bulimia and Binge eating. Body image disturbance/dissatisfaction (see eating disorder treatment page for further information)
- Pain Management: learn effective interventions and management of chronic pain
- Panic Disorder
- Life Transitions/relationship/marital issues
- Women’s issues
- Spiritual mentoring