Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) is an empirically validated, adjunctive clinical treatment for complex trauma and PTSD.
TCTSY was developed at the Trauma Center in Brookline, Massachusetts, under the direction of World Renowned Trauma Expert Bessel van der Kolk and David Emerson Yoga Director. TCTSY has foundations in Trauma Theory, Attachment Theory, and Neuroscience as well as deep roots in Yoga.
Began in 2003
2009 Received first grant given by National Institute of Health to study yoga for trauma
2014 published results in peer-reviewed, psychiatric journal
2017 Listed by SAMHSA as an evidence-based practice (http://nrepp.samhsa.gov/ProgramProfile.aspx?id=144#hide4)
Key research findings:
10-weeks of TCTSY reduced PTSD symptoms 33% in women, 18-59 years old, with childhood physical and sexual abuse.
Two months post treatment, 52% of the women no longer qualified for PTSD diagnosis. (http://www.traumacenter.org/products/pdf_files/Yoga_Adjunctive_Treatment_PTSD_V0001.pdf)
20-weeks of TCTSY reduced PTSD symptoms 45% in women, 18-59 years old, with childhood physical and sexual abuse.
20-weeks of TCTSY significantly reduced dissociative symptomatology. (http://www.traumacenter.org/products/pdf_files/Effectiveness_Extended_Yoga_Treatment_Women_Chronic_PTSD_P0005.pdf)
Resources to consider reading on your personal journey of healing.
Bessel Van Der Kolk, MD
Elizabeth Hooper, MD