Tracey is a licensed clinical psychologist who has been drawn to both traditional asana-based yoga practices along with the quiet contemplative practices of meditation, Yin and restorative yoga for the past decade. She has been strongly influenced by the wisdom traditions of Buddhism, Tantra Hatha yoga, and western psychology and infuses her teaching, workshops, and teacher trainings with these contemplative traditions.
She has studied extensively with Sarah Powers and is an endorsed Insight Yoga teacher, one of only 9 teachers in the US and Europe to receive this designation. She has assisted Sarah at her trainings and workshops and serves as a mentor to Insight Yoga students across the world. She has also studied with Yoganand Michael Carroll completing a second 500-hour YTT from the Pranakriya school.
In addition, she has studied with other Yin teachers including Paul Grilley and Josh Summers. She has co-directed a 200-hour Yoga Alliance-registered yoga teacher training program at Samadhi Yoga studio in Connecticut and continues to serve as a core teacher for this 200-hour training program. In 2015, she will be offering a new 75-hour Yin/Meditation teacher training program for yoga teachers and yoga therapists in the foundations and practices of Yin yoga. Tracey has a strong commitment to her meditation practice.
She is a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction teacher completing a practicum training program at UMASS Medical School directed by Jon Kabit-Zinn and Saki Santorelli. She has studied extensively with different Buddhist teachers including Tara Brach, John and Jennifer Welwood, Norman Fisher, Thanissara, Stephen and Martine Bachelor, Pema Chodren, Rebecca Bradshaw, and Sharon Salzberg.
As a psychologist, Tracey has expertise in neuropsychology and integrative medicine. She has spent most of her professional career working in both inpatient and outpatient settings working with clients that have a wide-range of mental health and brain-based disorders. In addition to my background in neuropsychology, she has a strong commitment to integrative medicine, specifically the utilization of yoga and mindfulness to treat complex mental health and behavioral problems. She formed an integrative medicine committee at the hospital where she works and developed a yoga therapy program utilizing restorative yoga therapy for patients with extreme self-harm and aggressive behaviors.
She has lead mindfulness-based stress reduction programs for patients that are suffering from extreme anxiety, depression, and thought disorders. She is strongly committed to training staff as well for both self-care purposes as well as to assist them in providing evidenced-based integrative techniques to reduce client’s distress. Over the past 5 years, she has trained over 150 staff at my hospital in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction.
She is also serving as an advisor and chair for mental health services on for the “Looking for the Good Project”, a gratitude project directed to shift attitudes with gratitude to empower resilience for children, college students, and adults.