Livia Adia Budrys is a psychotherapist, social worker, yoga therapist, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner and spiritual activist. She is the pioneer of the Yoga-Informed Psychotherapy trainings and is an advocate of the shift in this paradigm towards greater understanding and integration of these two fields. She has implemented one of the first yoga therapy programs for mental health treatment in a nationally renowned residential treatment center. There she developed a trainee program to develop the next generation of psychotherapists to weave yoga into their treatment of complex mental health conditions and trauma. She is passionate about best practices and the integration of neurobiology, somatics, yoga and psychotherapy practices in the healing of addiction, eating and mood disorders and the often underlying acute and chronic traumatization.
Livia’s psychotherapeutic experience includes training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Change Therapy (ACT), Somatic Experiencing (SE), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy- Prolonged Exposure (DBT-PE), Exposure and Responsive Prevention Therapy (ERP), anti-oppressive psychodynamic psychotherapy. Livia’s engagement with yoga began with a two-year residency at the Himalayan International Institute of Yoga Science and Philosophy where in 1999 she was initiated into the tradition of the Himalayan Masters. She has completed over a decade of advanced and therapeutic Yoga certifications along and becoming a Reiki Master in 1998. She is deeply influenced by the mindfulness trainings that she has received from Vietnamese Zen Monk, Thich Nhat Hanh and her longtime mentorship with Pandit Jerome Smith.
Today she works to educate healthcare organizations and presents and lectures nationally on the benefits of yoga for mental health and has implemented therapeutic programs, trainings and protocols that utilizes the Yoga-Informed model. She has enjoyed several clinical leadership roles in inpatient settings, most recently as Director of Trauma-Informed Care at a national treatment center - always with her hope to serve clients while supporting the system’s greater capacity for sustainable wellbeing.
More on Livia at www.liviabudrys.com
Francine Kelley is a body-centered psychotherapist, yoga instructor and yoga therapist in training, based in Chicago, IL. Her calm, collaborative style combines with yoga, mindfulness, meditation and somatic and energetic approaches to provide clients with a broad range of options for healing traumatic wounds. Francine is fascinated by scientific, energetic and spiritual perspectives on healing, and how we can help our bodies and minds to be more resilient, resulting in a more fulfilling experience of life. Francine is in private practice on the Northwest side of Chicago, and facilitates the Basic Principles of Somatic Experiencing introductory workshops for the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute.
Francine’s yoga training includes her 200hr training at the Temple of Kriya Yoga, Trauma Sensitive Yoga training with David Emerson through the Trauma Center at JRI in Boston, LifeForce Yoga for Anxiety and Depression with Amy Weintraub, Yoga for Pelvic Health with Leslie Howard, and EmbodiYoga with Lisa Clark. She is working on her Yoga Therapy certification through Inner Peace Yoga Therapy.
Francine has been a workshop assistant for Amy Weintraub multiple times, including at the Psychotherapy Networker conference in Washington DC.
In addition to helping her clients work with anxiety, depression and the impact of past trauma, Francine also helps clients deal with the emotional and psychological impact of pelvic health conditions.
Francine teaches workshops on Yoga for Pelvic Health, Trauma Sensitivity for Yoga Instructors, Freeing the Breath through Yoga, and is one of the instructors in Bloom Yoga Studio’s 200hr and Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training programs.
Francine is an avid butterfly gardener and the mother of two endlessly fascinating young people.
More on Francine at: www.francinekelley.com.