Category: Mind-Body Medicine


Sudarshan Kriya and yoga: Saybrook student chooses new way to overcome addiction

Anjali Talcherkar had been arguing for years with her psychiatrist about using antidepressants. Although addiction runs in her family and she was diagnosed with clinical depression, she felt antidepressants were hurting instead of helping her. After landing on the doorstep of Los Angeles’ Friendly House Women’s Recovery Home in 2011, and learning more about the… Read more »

Why one psychologist took clinical hypnosis to ‘heart’

Dr. Flavio Epstein, a heart failure/transplant psychologist, wasn’t quite sure what results would come from being a first-time attendee at the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH) Annual Scientific Meeting & Workshop. He was pleasantly surprised to get clinical hypnosis experience, a warm welcome from other medical professionals, and new ideas to help heart transplant… Read more »

The Happiness Habit: Cultivating a positive mindset through mindfulness, optimism, and gratitude

by Shannon McLain, M.S. Shannon McLain, a Saybrook University student, explores the concepts of mindfulness, optimism, and gratitude, and how each of these can offer a path to maintaining positivity even in the most challenging situations. Viktor Frankl once said, “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing; the last of the human… Read more »

Feldenkrais research journal returns

Saybrook University Mind-Body Medicine student and Feldenkrais Method practitioner revives a critical venue for scholarly discourse.

  Saybrook University Mind-Body Medicine student and Feldenkrais Method practitioner revives a critical venue for scholarly discourse. By Cliff Smyth, M.S., Ph.D. Student What is the Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education? Israeli physicist Moshe Feldenkrais once wrote: “Movement is life. Life is a process. Improve the quality of the process and you improve the quality… Read more »

Saybrook doctoral student wins research grant on trauma and chronic illness

Carolyn Trasko is a doctoral student in the College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences, and was recently awarded a FERB research grant for dissertation research. Understanding the connections between cumulative stress and disease is an essential component of integrative medicine.  Carolyn Trasko, doctoral student in Saybrook University’s College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences,… Read more »

Saybrook instructor speaks on integrative approaches to palliative care

Leila Kozak, PhD,is the Director of Integrative Medicine in Palliative Care for Paliativos Sin Fronteras (Palliative Care Providers Without Borders).  She is a Saybrook University graduate and an instructor in the Saybrook University College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences.  Dr. Kozak is currently a “Clinical Champion” at the Office of Patient-Centered Care and Culture Transformation at… Read more »

Saybrook nutrition student on Integrative and Functional Nutrition in clinical practice

Brianne Morwood - student of Saybrook’s Integrative and Functional Nutrition Program

  Brianne Morwood, RD, CD, LDN, is  a dietitian and a student in the first cohort of Saybrook’s new Master’s of Science Program in Integrative and Functional Nutrition. Another student in this cohort, Karmen Gregg, is interviewing the cohort members and creating blog postings about each.  Here are Brianne’s responses to a series of interview… Read more »

Saybrook doctoral student creates blog series on mindfulness and self-care

Shannon McLain, MS, is a doctoral student in the College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences

Shannon McLain, MS, is a doctoral student in the College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences. She recently led a workshop for members of the community at The Healing Space, in Houston Texas, focusing on self-care and self-compassion.  Here she blogs about her the importance of self-compassion, and some initial self-care practices to build self-compassion…. Read more »

Saybrook doctoral student on prescribing self-care to clients and providers

Robin Dickey - Saybrook University Doctoral Student

Robin Dickey, a doctoral student in the College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences, provided a presentation for social workers, therapists, and nurses on the importance of self-care on April 6, 2016.  This event, which qualified attendees for CEU credit, was called The Knowledge Cafe and was held at the Gladney Center for Adoption in Fort Worth,… Read more »