Paula is a social worker and yoga teacher, with over two decades of experience empowering individuals and communities toward wellness. Paula founded Intersections Wellness in 2012, to improve awareness and accessibility of body/mind healing practices. Paula balances her time between her private psychotherapy practice, offering professional consultation and continuing education trainings, public speaking, and teaching yoga.
Paula is an advanced topics trainer with the Institute for Creative Mindfulness, an EMDRIA-approved/Institute for Creative Mindfulness Consultant in Training, a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider, a Dancing Mindfulness facilitator, an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher, and a member of EMDRIA and NASW. Paula is certified by Trauma Institute & Child Trauma Institute in Intensive Trauma Focused Therapy.
In response to a great demand for trauma treatment, Paula is now only accepting new clients for adjunct or intensive trauma-focused treatment. Learn more here.
LCSW - Licensed Clinical Social Worker
ERYT - Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher
YACEP - Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider
EMDR Certified - Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing Therapy, Certified Therapist
EMDRIA - Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing [Therapy] International Association
NASW - National Association of Social Workers
Masters in Social Work, with Concentration in Children and Family Work, Fordham University
BA in English, with Concentration in Creative Writing, New York University
EMDR Certified Therapist (trained by Institute for Creative Mindfulness)
Certificate - Trauma Focused Therapy Intensives, Trauma Institute and Child Trauma Institute
Dancing Mindfulness Facilitator
Paula is continually learning: She has taken a number of trainings with experts in trauma treatment, and maintains consistent participation in a clinical book discussion group, and a trauma therapist peer consultation group, among other regular practices supporting professional development.
Registered Yoga Teacher 200 Hour
Certification - Sangha Center for Yoga and Wellness, Beaver, PA
Yin Yoga Instruction Certificate- Frameworks Yoga
Accessible Yoga Instruction Certificate - Accessible Yoga Association
Paula has attended numerous continuing education trainings focused on yoga service, trauma-informed and trauma focused yoga. She has been fortunate to learn from nationally renowned teachers associated with the Yoga Service Council, as well as several gifted Pittsburgh-area instructors, including Andrea Kirkham, Richard Gartner, Ali Popivchak, Sterling Painton, and Linda Meacci.
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