1. Somatic Therapy and Healing Dave Roberts 52:53

In this episode of the Teaching Journeys Podcast, hosted by Dave Roberts. Michelle Ann Collins, founder of Inhabit Joy, returns for an encore appearance. Michelle shares her personal journey of overcoming trauma through the use of somatic therapy techniques, grounded in mindfulness and sensory awareness. She shares practical approaches to staying grounded, such as connecting with nature, practicing mindful breathing, and tactile grounding exercises. Michelle also emphasizes the importance of grieving as a path to Resilience and recovery. She offers valuable insights on how to respond thoughtfully to triggers, reducing the intensity of traumatic activations over time

Michelle’s Bio

Michelle Ann Collins partners with individuals who have suffered Grief, injury, or other types of loss as they recover, reclaim their wholeness, and build Resilience for life’s inevitable challenges. After a series of losses, including the death of her mother, her husband’s suicide, and estrangements from primary family members, Michelle combined the tools she had collected as a yoga therapist and wellness coach and studies in positive psychology, neuroscience, meditation and mindfulness, and spirituality to turn post-traumatic stress disorder into post-traumatic growth and Resilience. With the addition of certifications in Grief education and Grief yoga, and several bestselling books in which she shares her story, Michelle helps others transform from barely surviving to joyful thriving. Michelle teaches and coaches in private, corporate and small group settings, and enjoys sharing her skills and experience through speaking and facilitating workshops and retreats.

Deeply connected with the healing powers of nature, Michelle spends her leisure time hiking among the trees or paddling on the rivers near her home in Portland, Oregon. You can find out more about Michelle by going to inhabitjoy.com and on Facebook, Linkedin and Instagram.

To find out more about Dave , please go to psychologyprofessorandminister.com and davidrobertsmsw.com

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Dave Roberts LMSW, Author, Podcaster

David J. Roberts, LMSW, became a parent who experienced the death of a child, when his daughter Jeannine died of cancer on 3/1/03 at the age of 18. He is a retired addiction professional and an adjunct professor in the psychology child life department at Utica University in Utica, New York. Dave also teaches psychology classes at Pratt MWP School of Art and Design. He is the host of The Teaching Journeys Podcast, which can be found on Apple, Spotify and other podcast platforms.

Dave has presented workshops at national conferences of The Compassionate Friends as well as for the Bereaved Parents of the USA. He was also a keynote speaker at the 2011 and 2015 national gatherings of the Bereaved Parents of the USA. Dave also co-presented a workshop titled “Helping Faculty After Traumatic Loss” for the Parkland, Florida community in May of 2018, in the aftermath of the mass shootings at Stoneman Douglas High School.

Roberts has been a past HuffPost contributor and has contributed articles to Medium, Open to Hope Foundation, Mindfulness and Grief, Thrive Global, and the Recovering the Self Journal. He has also appeared on numerous podcasts, as well as Open to Hope Television. In 2021,he co-authored and published a book with Reverend Patty Furino titled, When The Psychology Professor Met The Minister.