Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga


Trauma Sensitive YogaAt the core of trauma, regardless of the specific context, exists the shared experience of something being done to, forced upon, or taken from someone without their consent and beyond their control. Safety is compromised or absent, and choice is lost. Panic and fear are overwhelming, and often stuck on over-drive in the nervous system. Paralysis and feelings of disconnection can also create a sense of vacancy in the body, as well as social and emotional isolation.  It can be helpful to talk about traumatic experiences with a trained clinician, but often, cognitive processing can only go so far.  It has been found that the most effective treatments for individuals who have suffered from trauma should include the body in the healing process.

Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) is a new treatment approach that allows trauma survivors to have a present moment experience both physically and emotionally. Tools will be given to help clients re-inhabit their bodies in a safe way. Individuals will set their own pace during sessions, and explore gentle, supportive movements and breathing exercises, using yoga as part of the healing process.  In addition to yoga, TCTSY has foundations in Trauma Theory, Attachment Theory, and Neuroscience. No yoga experience is necessary.

Though this practice was established with trauma survivors in mind, almost anyone can benefit from this gentle, supportive form of yoga. Those suffering from depression, anxiety, or other mental distress can greatly benefit from its effects. Individuals who may not be ready to try yoga on their own or in the group setting can use this practice as an introduction to yoga in a safe and supportive individual setting.

Clients receiving psychotherapy services outside of Integrative Wellness Therapies can use these sessions as adjunct treatment to existing clinical work.

To learn more about TCTSY, please click here.


Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) is an evidenced-based, adjunctive treatment for complex trauma or chronic, treatment-resistant Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  A program of the Center for Trauma and Embodiment (CFTE) at JRI, it is the only empirically validated yoga-based practice of its kind to have met the criteria for inclusion in the National Registry of Evidenced-Based Program and Practices (NREPP) in 2017. 



Emily has completed the The Center for Trauma and Embodiment’s 300-hour Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) Certification and is a certified TCTSY-Facilitator (TCTSY-F).  

Emily is a Supervisor to incoming candidates in the TCTSY Certification Program; a Yoga Teacher for the women’s TCTSY yoga classes  at the Trauma Center in Brookine, MA; and an Agency Trainer, offering a 2-day intensive program for providers and staff interested in integrating TCTSY into clinical settings and larger systems (i.e. hospitals, mental health agencies, justice systems or shelters).   


Individual Sessions

  • When incorporated into psychotherapy, these services can be mostly reimbursed through insurance.
  • See Fees and Insurance pages.

Group Classes

Contact  Angelica Emery-Fertitta, TCTSY-F  for a screening to determine eligibility

  • Women’s Classes
    • Monday evenings 6:30-7:30pm
    • Wednesday evenings 6:30-7:30pm
    • Saturday mornings 10:00-11:00am
  • Men’s Class
    • Thursday evenings 6:00-7:00pm
  • Gender Neutral Class
    • Saturday mornings 11:30am-12:30pm 


Emily is a substitute teacher for both the Women’s and Gender Neutral TCTSY classes at the Trauma Center  (Emily will update the Classes page with upcoming classes she will be subbing)