Betsy MurphyMind-Body Medicine Alumni/a
In 2001, Betsy Murphy left her career as a travel agent to go back to school for her nursing degree. As a certified holistic nurse, she sought to bring alternative methods of healing, such as yoga and meditation, into the traditional health care setting. She has more than 1000 hours of yoga therapist training, and has trained at the Center for Mindfulness in stress reduction.
Still, Murphy found herself looking to extend her knowledge base to support the work she was doing. As she investigated options for a Masters in Mind-Body Medicine, she felt drawn to Saybrook, largely because of the school's science-based curriculum.
“I really liked the idea that it's a science MS; I couldn't find another program that provided me with the practical knowledge using Mind-Body Medicine tools.”
She also chose Saybrook because its experiential model provides the real-world experience that her practice requires.
“Mind-Body Medicine is very experiential. You can read all the books you want, but unless you're practicing, offering, teaching, you won't be skilled in Mind-Body Medicine.”
Murphy continued to work 25-30 hours a week on top of her school work, but says that while the curriculum was demanding and rigorous, it was also very rewarding. She graduated in August and plans to incorporate her studies into her private practice, where she teaches specialty yoga classes, working with seniors and cancer patients. She also works with patients with psychological, anxiety, and depression issues, as well as people with autoimmune diseases.