Yoga Therapy for Children and Young People’s Mental Health (ages 4-18)
‘Empowering children and young people with skills to feel safe and at home in their mind and body’
Yoga therapy is a holistic approach grounded in Eastern yoga practices and Western neuroscience. Incorporating the use of breath work (pranayama), postures (asana), sound, mindfulness meditation and deep relaxation (yoga nidra). Yoga Therapy empowers children and young people with skills to feel more at ease and peaceful in their mind and body, to alleviate suffering and to feel more connected to themselves and others. Yoga therapy helps children and young people to not only talk but to notice emotions and physical sensations in the body and to release tension. Building upon self-confidence, resilience and promoting emotional and physical well-being. Yoga therapy can be delivered as a stand-alone therapy approach, in conjunction with other treatment approaches, and/or integrated with other talking therapies.
Paula offers one-to-one and group-based yoga therapy services to support children and young people with difficulties related to mental health, psychological injury and neurodevelopmental differences:
Paula understands that children and young people are part of a broader social context including: home, school and community. Therefore, involving parents and other family members is often a key component in reaching desired outcomes. Paula offers family yoga sessions for children and parents to learn ways to look after emotional and physical wellbeing and to support in developing a home practice. Paula also provides support, advice and consultation to parents and professionals from health and education
At the heart of Paula’s approach to yoga therapy are the key foundations of: Connection, Stability (secure base), Compassion, Curiosity, Integration, Resilience.
Dr Paula Pearson is a Clinical Psychologist specialising in child and adolescent mental health, paediatric clinical psychology and integrative trauma sensitive mind-body therapies. Paula completed her Clinical Psychology Doctorate training from Plymouth University and has over 10 years experience working within the NHS, both in mental health and clinical health services. Paula was first introduced to yoga back in 2006 when she attended her first class. She has continued to practice yoga and she is currently completing a 200hr Child and Adolescent Yoga Therapy training at Creative Calm studio in Manchester. Paula’s integrated approach has been developed with a deep understanding, appreciation and dedication to the benefits of holistic mind-body approaches in alleviating psychological distress. All sessions are trauma sensitive, attachment informed and tailored to individual need.
Doctorate of Clinical Psychology, HCPC registered
MSc Research Methods in Psychology
Currently completing a 200hr Child and Adolescent Yoga Therapy, Accredited by the British Psychological Association for Continued Professional Development and the Independent Yoga Network.
Foundation Course in Family Therapy, Plymouth University.
Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) – Level 2
Paula is registered as Psychologist with Health & Care Professionals Council (HCPC)
She is insured as a Clinical Psychologist and Yoga Therapist.