Integrative therapy combines evidence-based Western and Eastern psychological therapies and holistic somatic therapies, in an integrative manner, using mind, body and breath to promote optimal health and well-being.
An individualised approach is taken and therapeutic methods will depend upon the individual client and their unique goals and preferences. All therapy and yoga is underpinned by a Trauma Informed approach.
Psychological therapies include aspects of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), Gestalt therapy, narrative therapy, positive psychology approaches, mindfulness skills or meditation training, and non verbal therapies such as drawing. Mind/body/breath approaches include movement, iRest (R) meditation, mindfulness, Restorative Yoga and Somatic Stress Release ™.
The Resting Place is a boutique yoga studio nestled in the hills and valleys of Waipu in Northland.
The focus is on providing semi-regular classes and half day and whole day “retreats”. The focus of all classes is on slow, mindful, healing practices including yin yoga, restorative yoga, iRest yoga nidra meditation, and weaving in more spiritual/psychological practices such as loving kindness and self compassion.
There is a maximum of 8 people in any class so bookings are essential. All dates and classes will be advertised on this website and facebook.
Sandra is a Registered Psychologist and 500-hour + trained Yoga teacher. She is undergoing her iRest certification and has completed her Level 2 training.
She lives with one foot in Auckland and one foot in Waipu, enjoying the variety of work and play both areas offer.
She was drawn to yoga by the calmness and clarity it provided her and is curious about the interface of yoga and psychology to support well-being. She is on a lifelong journey to lead a slower, less stressed, more embodied and mindful life fuelled by her practices. She focuses on teaching slow yoga practices which support healing and awareness of self.
She is a guest tutor on the Contemporary Yoga Teacher Training.
Qualifications and Memberships include:
- Member of the New Zealand Psychological Society (Institute of Counselling Psychology)
- MA (Hons) Psychology, University of Auckland (1990)
- Completed 500 hours of Yoga Teacher Training at Contemporary Yoga Training (with a specific focus on Restorative Yoga and Yoga Therapy)
- iRest Level Two Teacher in training and completing certification
- Completed 20 hours TCTSY training
-Completed 150 hours of Embodied Flow (R) training
Sandra has also spent over 12 years working in the suicide sector and remains on the Senior Leadership Team for CASA. She is lead author of the Postvention Management of Suicide Clusters. She is a Member of the Expert Suicide and Media Committee (Chief Coroner's Office and MoH) and a trainer for Le Va Lifekeepers Suicide Prevention training.