Stephanie Fox, MA, LMHC, RYT
I am a licensed mental health counselor and registered yoga instructor. I received my Bachelors in Psychology in 2006 from Seattle Pacific University. In 2009 I completed a 200-hour yoga instructor training course through Samadhi Yoga in Seattle. The following year I completed a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology. In addition to working as a mental health counselor, I teach yoga classes around Seattle and teach workshops on mindfulness, meditation, and body awareness.
I completed the yoga teacher training during grad school out of a desire to integrate the two practices of mind and body for a holistic sense of healing and well-being. I started practicing yoga a few years previously, thinking of it only as another form of exercise, but noticed over time a surprisingly profound impact on all parts of my life. My yoga practice and work in counseling began to feel naturally intertwined and seemed to each make the experience of the other deeper and more meaningful. After completing my graduate training I created integrative yoga and therapy groups, and continued to research and develop an approach to healing and wellness that considered all parts of a person’s experience- physically, emotionally and relationally.
In addition to creating yoga and therapy groups I have had the opportunity to work in community mental health, addiction recovery programs, school counseling, and in a hospital setting. I work primarily with adults, college-age students, couples, and families. I have experience working with individuals suffering from severe psychotic disorders, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, eating disorders, cognitive disorders, emotional abuse, and post-traumatic stress.
I draw from many sources of wisdom and offer a thoughtful and eclectic approach to therapy based in interpersonal and existential psychotherapy, Hatha yoga, restorative yoga, and mindfulness practices. I endeavor to provide space for students and clients to begin to become attentive to themselves as whole beings; to listen to how their bodies express emotion and memory, and to allow themselves to work with physical and emotional memories for a greater sense of integration, love, and acceptance for themselves. This creates a sense of vitality, and improves relationships as we learn to relate compassionately with ourselves and within our relationships.
I work collaboratively and focus on the impact of the past on the present, as expressed through emotional states, physical tension and stress, and distortions in thought. Paying attention to the breath in the moment helps us be mindful, to pay attention to our life as it is happening. Paying attention to ourselves can be difficult work. Sometimes there is much from our past we have been living in reaction to and don’t want to think about because we are afraid of the pain it will bring, which might be overwhelming. It takes some courage to look at yourself honestly and without judgement. Often things will feel worse before they feel better when you start therapy, because part of the work involves sorting through and starting to clear away the things we’ve built up around us. We have created walls to protect us from feeling the ways we’ve been hurt and have hurt others.
Mindfulness creates the space to reflect on the impact of our past, to see the pull to act out of habit and pain, and to see the opportunity to choose differently. As your partner on this difficult path, I hope to be a support in this process and create the space for you to make some real and lasting change in your life.
For more in-depth information about my practice, please visit my website: www.edgewoodhealthnetwork.com/seattle