Professional Development

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Yoga for Mental Health founder, Margi Clifford, offers individual and group supervision for Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) candidates in the State of Alaska, Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) trainings and continuing education for Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT) as a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACEP). 

We are passionate about sharing research and best practices with other healthcare providers and practitioners and are also available for professional consultation regarding yoga therapy, women’s mental health, and professional development.

The G Street Studio in Anchorage hosts our groups and trainings unless otherwise specified. Our group space may be available upon request. Please use the contact page to inquire about availability and rates for group trainings and conferences.

Burnout, Compassion Fatigue, Vicarious Trauma 

Do others depend on you? Are you irritable at the end of the day? Have you been disappointed or even ashamed by words, thoughts and feelings that you’ve had come up around your role as a caregiver, teacher or parent? Are you exhausted? Are you worried about money? Are you having trouble finding time to exercise, or the motivation to care? 
If you answered yes to even just a couple of those questions, you’re likely suffering from compassion fatigue. As we continue to evolve as a human species, and learn better how to understand what is happening to us while we’re here… it is becoming increasingly clear just how risky it is to abandon one’s own self-care in an attempt to serve others. So why do we do it, pathologically? 

The ability to put yourself in another person’s shoes and understand how they are feeling, is a great advantage. It’s so advantageous in fact that we have specialized brain cells called mirror neurons that activate whether we see something done by someone else or do it ourselves. We learn by watching others. Therefore, it’s unlikely that “Do what I say, not what I do,” is going to be an effective pedagogical method with humans!  

What can often start with headaches, weight gain (or loss), trouble sleeping, irritability and a decreased sense of satisfaction can quickly lead to relationship, career and health issues that demand attention!

Adverse childhood experiences, poverty, injury, illness and others challenges can put us at risk of becoming lost in our efforts and will require additional supports in order for healing to happen. 

Healing can and will happen whenever we remember our true nature. In the self-reflective process we regain access to the very heart of the matter. Why do you do what you do? What impact are you making? Do you love what you do? What do you love?

Margi leads individuals and groups through insight directed processes in order to help systems work more efficiently. Joy and gratitude, creativity and compassion are renewed as a result of the work. 

Better understanding of where we came from, where we are and where we’re going.. as individuals and as organizations, families and society as a whole… leads to greater sense of belonging, connection and purpose. 

Find renewed confidence in your ability to manage your mood, your mind and the demands of your work and family with structured support. Click here to schedule an appointment for yourself or your organization.