Janet K. Nash, MSW, LISW-S, RYT
I am a mental health therapist and 300-hour registered yoga instructor. My passion is working with people who struggle with eating disorders, body image dissatisfaction, depression, anxiety, and poor self-image. Although I am psychodynamically trained, my interests lie in the psychology of yoga and Buddhist thought, as well as the many parallels between these and some forms of Western psychology.
I find the spiritual aspects of yoga to be enormously grounding and unifying in my life, which motivates me to want to share these benefits with others, as research is proving it to be a very beneficial complementary and alternative therapy. As a psychotherapist, I believe that incorporating yoga into my practice with my clients can be very beneficial to them in helping them toward true embodiment of their physical bodies, as well as improving the emotional and spiritual aspects of their being.
I also use a number of mindfulness-based therapies including Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), all evidence-based to be effective in the treatment of depression, eating disorders, and anxiety.
MBCT is designed by researchers to help people who had suffered repeated bouts of serious depression. It has been clinically proven to halve the risk of depression in those who have suffered the most debilitating forms of the illness. MBCT is at least as effective as antidepressants and has none of the down sides of medications. Because of it’s effectiveness, MBCT is now one of the preferred treatments recommended by the United Kingdom’s National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence.
My approach to therapy is to honor the dignity of my clients and to see their bio-psycho-social-spiritual struggle as a unifying human experience. I strongly believe that when we see what is sacred in another, their hearts and lives can potentially be transformed. Today, my approach to psychotherapeutic healing can be described as an open inquiry into what is painful, pleasant, joyful, or shameful, without judging anything as right or wrong. I see the purpose of psychotherapy as an agreement between the therapist and an observing part of the client’s ego to honestly and uncritically examine the client’s inner experience in order to deepen their understanding of who they are, what they are doing, and why. The purpose is to better understand their emotional patterns and to explore and implement more effective and adaptive ways of being.
My greatest strength is in seeing beneath the armoring that many of my clients take cover under and appreciating with compassion our shared human experience. It is my belief that the most important intervention I can make with my clients is my mindful, non-judgmental witnessing and honoring of their experience. It is from my taking this position that they can begin to feel validated and trust our joint exploration of their experience. My stance gives them courage to experiment with change without experiencing my guidance as a narcissistic injury.
I attended Iona College and received a B.S. in Business Administration. I received my professional training at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Social Service in New York and have a post-graduate certificate in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy from Fordham University. Subsequently, I received further training at the Westchester Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy in White Plains, New York. In addition, I’ve spent many years working both inpatient and outpatient in hospital settings such as Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (Divisions of Psychiatry and Adolescent Medicine), New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center (Adolescent inpatient unit), Four Winds Hospital, Katonah, New York, The Wellspring Foundation Bethlehem, Connecticut, and private practice.
My office is located at Grace Tree Yoga & Growth as part of the Wellness Services provided at Grace Tree: 8933 Cincinnati Dayton Road, Olde West Chester, OH 45069. To schedule, call (513) 498-7850. I am an LISW-S in the State of Ohio. My orientation is eclectic drawing from my training in psychodynamic psychotherapy, hypnosis, cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy and dialectical behavior therapy.
Aside from my interest in yoga, I am deeply devoted to my family and enjoy spending time with family and friends. I am a voracious reader, but focus a large part of my attention on Eastern philosophy, religion, psychology, and all kinds of fiction. I enjoy photography, music, cooking, and learning equanimity from my cat, Coco.