My Approach

Healing Trauma through the Body: Introductory Workshop

Are you curious about healing trauma through the body?  

In this 60 minute video, Kelsey Gustafson, RYT-200, TCTSY-F,  introduces the theory and practice behind TCTSY, an innovative body-centered approach to healing trauma.

The video includes...

- Discussion on trauma-sensitive movement practices
- Research on trauma & the body
- Sample movement class
-  Q & A.

Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) is an evidence based, adjunctive clinical treatment for complex trauma or chronic, treatment-resistant PTSD.

Developed by clinical researchers, TCTSY has foundations in Trauma Theory, Attachment Theory and Neuroscience as well as Hatha Yoga practice with an emphasis on body-based yoga forms and breathing practices. 

Kelsey Gustafson, RYT, TCTSY-F is is adjunctive faculty at the Center for Trauma and Embodiment and is certified through the TCTSY program to use the protocol developed, studied, and empirically validated by the Center for Trauma and Embodiment at JRI. She is one of two certified facilitators of TCTSY in California.

The way I present yoga as a healing tool for physical and emotional well-being, not as a competition.

You do not need to be able to touch your toes or to own a coordinated Lululemon outfit to fit in at one of my yoga classes or workshops.

I believe yoga is for everyone.

I found yoga & meditation during a time of deep despair. As a result of traumatic experiences, I was feeling worthless, ashamed of being alive and overcome with self-loathing. The pain had become unbearable.

I didn't want to go on like this.

The practice of yoga helped me to grow an innate sense of self worth. As I fell in love with yoga, I fell in love with myself. It didn't happen overnight, but yoga helped me to see my own value and beauty.

Yoga helped me find my desire for life.

I have spent the last decade of my life honing the practices of mindful movement and awareness. With over 1,000 hours of training in Hatha yoga, Forrest Yoga, Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga, Prenatal Yoga and Expressive Arts Therapy, I have a strong foundation in both classical yoga teachings and innovative therapeutic yoga forms. 

My daily practice now gives me the courage to live a life of integrity and passion.

I am honored to serve my community through offering healing workshops in yoga and expressive arts. I believe these potent methods can change your life just like they changed mine.

I can't wait to share this potent wisdom with you. 


I have completed over 1,000 hrs of training & certification in Yoga, Mindfulness, Trauma & Expressive Arts.

I studied...

  • Trauma Sensitive Yoga with David Emerson & Dr. Bessel Van Der Kolk at the Trauma Center in Brookline Massachusetts.

  • Intuitive Painting & Expressive Arts Facilitation with Chris Zydel of Creative Juices Arts.

  • The Yoga & Psyche Method with Mariana Caplan PHD

  • Forrest Yoga with Forrest Yoga Creatrix, Ana Forrest, and Forrest Yoga Mentors, Kiki Lovelace, Colleen Millen, Kelley Rush & Willow Ryan.

  • Hatha Yoga, Mindfulness & Buddhist Philosophy with Mary Paffard.

  • Restorative Yoga, Prenatal Yoga & Doula Support with Britt Fohrman. 



  • Wild Heart Expressive Arts Teacher Training (200 HR) With Chris Zydel @ Creative Juices Arts

  • Advanced Trauma Sensitive Yoga  (300 HR) With David emerson @The Trauma Center

  • Psychology Immersion for Yoga Teachers with Mariana Caplan@ Namaste

  • Teaching Trauma Sensitive Yoga  (45 HR) with David Emerson & Jenn Turner @ kripalu

  • Forrest Yoga Mentorship Program with Kelley Rush & Willow Ryan @ innerstellar

  • Forrest Yoga Foundation Training  (200 HR) with Ana Forrest@yoga tree

  • Yoga, Buddhism, Ecology with Mary Paffard @ piedmont yoga

  • Trauma & Mindfulness with Sharda Rogell & Sakti Rose @ spirit rock

  • Continuing Education for Teachers  (45 HR) with Ana Forrest @ namaste

  • The art and craft of Sequencing with Jason Crandell @ the yoga loft

  • Yoga for Pregnancy, Birth & Beyond (110 hr) with Britt Fohrman @ the mindful body

  • Foundation Hatha Teacher Training (200 hr) with Shy Sayar @ the upeksha institute