My name is Betsy Powers, and I am a licensed professional counselor and yoga teacher. I bring extensive experience in both somatic therapy as well as traditional talk-therapy approaches which I use in varying combinations according to each client’s preferences, needs, and comfort level.
My journey began in earnest over a decade ago when I first began to face my own addiction to alcohol and drugs. Addiction, and the consequences of it, would be the doorway through which I would enter a larger, life-changing healing process from many years of self-inflicted hardship. It was not a perfect or pretty process, but it was mine.
The primary supports for this process were threefold: nourishing personal connections, professional therapy, and yoga. As I entered more deeply into this ongoing process, I realized two things: First, that these three kinds of support were a powerful combination. Second, that my life’s work involved integrating them in order to help other people heal.
Through my graduate work at Naropa University, I found advanced training in this powerful combination and earned a degree in Somatic Psychology/Body Psychotherapy. Having experienced the very kind of therapy in my graduate program that I now offer in my own practice, I know its healing power firsthand. I am excited to offer the very practice methodology that proved so powerful in the transformation of my own life to those in Savannah, a community I love dearly and which I feel blessed and honored to serve.
As I often tell my students, the two most important phrases in therapy, as in yoga, are “Notice that” and “What happens next?” Once you start approaching your body with curiosity rather than with fear, everything shifts. – Bessel A. van der Kolk, Harvard Trauma Center
There is an unbroken continuum from the wisdom of the body to the wisdom of the mind, from the wisdom of the individual to the wisdom of the race. – Rene Dubos, Pulitzer Prize-winning author