Today we welcome to the show Psychotherapist, Clinical Social Worker & Circus Artist, Lacy Alana.
In this podcast we discuss topics such as:
– Circus arts & improv theatre meet trauma therapy.
– What is neuroception?
– Disordered eating.
– Facing fears as a way to retrain the nervous system.
Lacy is a woman of many skills, so if you’re fascinated by the nervous system or working through your own trauma, please tune in today as you’re sure to learn a few things about your body and the subconscious mind that drives us all.
0:00 – Who is Lacy Alana?
2:00 – How did Lacy come to combine her therapeutic practice with improv and the aerial arts?
5:15 – What is the Yes and Brain model, and how does improv theatre tie into trauma therapy?
10:30 – We discuss neuroception, and how movement can act as a vehicle to liberate the nervous system.
17:00 – Lacy talks about her experiences working with medical professionals and the importance of empathy within the medical experience.
22:45 – How did Lacy successfully fuse the circus arts with traditional psychotherapy?
26:00 – The power of overcoming fear and having success
30:00 – We talk about the importance of breath work not just for circus arts, but for trauma therapy
35:00 – How does Lacy get people started with circus, which most perceive as a very advanced practice?
38:15 – We touch base on disordered eating and how it’s often not about food at all.
44:40 – The danger of metrics. Find what feels good, and lean into it!
47:00 – Lacy’s book recommendation:
– Being a Brain-Wise Therapist, by Bonnie Badenoch
49:20 – Lacy’s daily self-care tool: Unstructured play time
50:50 – One piece of health advice from Lacy: When do you feel most passionate and alive? Live there more often.
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More About Lacy Alana
Lacy is a Psychotherapist, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a consultant, speaker, & trainer, a program founder & director, an improviser, a circus artist and a writer. Professionally…
Lacy provides traditional psychotherapy services, and also eclectically combines her clinical expertise with her passion for improv theatre and the aerial arts. Accordingly, she has created several innovative therapeutic and arts programs for at-risk youth, autistic youth and adults, and youth and adults who present with co-morbid mental health challenges.
Lacy blends tenets of improvisational theatre with therapeutic pedagogy to provide education for other helping professionals, trainings in corporate settings, and experiential therapy groups that address a wide range of challenges, including eating disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and trauma symptomology.
Lacy is also a circus artist and teacher with a specialty in static trapeze. She teaches both youth and adults, including specialized adaptive programming.
Outside of her clinical work, Lacy professionally performs both circus and improv, and writes academic, fiction, and creative non-fiction.
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