Margaret Kirschner, C-IAYT, CADC, CPSS

Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor

Specialties: Trauma sensitive yoga therapy, Somatic meditation, breathwork, pregnancy, mothers, addiction recovery, trauma-informed care, pranayama

Services Offered: Mindful mentoring for life transitions, movement, mindfulness and breathwork for resiliency, individual, group, couples, psychedelic integration (individuals), psychedelic integration (groups), pre- and post-ritual counseling, substance use disorder counseling, holistic approaches, mind-body therapy, somatic therapy, mindfulness training;yoga therapy

Sessions: Telehealth & In-person (Asheville, North Carolina)

Website: https://www.amindfulemergence.com

Biography

I specialize in guiding individuals’ mindful emergence through life transitions, particularly when becoming a mother. I utilize a holistic body and breath-centered approach that incorporates gentle movement therapy, mindfulness, and breathing practices. With 21 years of experience as a Certified Yoga Therapist, I offer an integrated approach to thriving through self-compassion and self-care, whether you plan to become pregnant, are currently pregnant, or have recently given birth. First baby or fifth? It does not matter. I provide online, personalized mentoring support to integrate your spiritual awakening into your parenting experience. If your journey has elements of addiction or trauma, including the body in the integration and resolution is of utmost importance to mitigate its impact on your child.

Trauma-informed care is the foundation to safely support your capacity to listen to and trust your body’s messages, in the form of felt sensations, while also bringing an attitude of curiosity toward reaching higher possibilities. “My greatest joy is witnessing people reclaiming their lives through the simple and profound practices of trauma-informed yoga, breath-work, and mindfulness.”

My approach is accessible, grounded in science, and effective in healing and integrating spiritual awakenings. Trauma-sensitive yoga introduces slow, novel movements to nourish a constructive new relationship with yourself. Regaining a sense of agency in your mind is fostered through a structured, supportive, and self-paced medium. It is a bottom-up approach, prioritizing the body. When the body and breath synchronize, and we invite mindfulness into the therapeutic plan, we can direct the healing into the imbalance’s root cause.

Because we have a body, and we are also energetic, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual beings interacting with others, our most direct path to integrated and sustainable wellness involves all aspects of being. Together, through our mentoring program, we will explore each dimension of being and hone in on working with the primary cause to enhance your life and that of your children.

 

How I work with clients

Our program is based on a simple three-pronged approach, with complementary practices that help you develop resilience, flexibility, self-compassion, and effective mood management. Our approach includes:

Somatic Mindfulness Meditation You will learn how to tune into your embodied, or “felt sense” experience. This includes your posture, your breath, the level of tension in your body, and the subtle ways that your emotional experience makes your whole body feel. This tuning-in process helps you befriend your body and mind, and then make wise choices when under stress.

Therapeutic Movement You will learn Therapeutic Movement, an evidence-based healing program of gentle, body-centered movement, designed to reclaim and revitalize bodies suffering from trauma, addiction, injury, or illness. It is appropriate for all fitness levels.

Integrative Breathwork You will learn breathing techniques that calm the body and clear the mind. This practice is powerfully effective for working with addiction, trauma, depression, and anxiety. This can strengthen your immune system and increase your sense of “aliveness” and overall ease.

We offer customized, holistic online support tailored to your individual needs and goals. We focus on the whole of you—mind, body, and spirit—so that every part of you is on board and synchronized for recovery.

You will learn how to mindfully respond to life stressors, rather than automatically react in old, habitual patterns. You will discover the freedom that comes when your mood and quality of life are not so much determined by what happens to you, as by how you interpret and relate to life circumstances.

We are also trained in working with individuals who have experienced trauma in their lives. We understand how deeply these wounds run, and we honor and respect the care required to help survivors feels safe and heard.

 

Education

BA (Central CT State University)

Licenses

Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC-22528 North Carolina)
Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT 43684451)
Certified Peer Support Specialist (2020-7196-01 North Carolina)

Trainings

Certified Birth Doula (DONA)

Languages

English

Online Sessions

Yes

Location Online, Telehealth, North Carolina, Asheville

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