Trauma-sensitive yoga as an adjunct mental health treatment in group therapy for survivors of domestic violence: A feasibility study

Cari Jo Clark, Angela Lewis-Dmello, Deena Anders, Amy Parsons, Viann Nguyen-Feng, Lisa Henn, David Emerson

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This study is a feasibility test of whether incorporating trauma-sensitive yoga into group therapy for female victims of partner violence improves symptoms of anxiety, depression, and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) beyond that achieved with group therapy alone. Seventeen (9 control, 8 intervention) adult female clients seeking group psychotherapy were enrolled.A 12-week trauma-sensitive yoga protocol was administered once weekly for 30-40 min at the end of each group therapy session. The control group received typical group psychotherapy. Feasibility was assessed through recruitment and retention rates as well as participants' self-reported perceptions of the safety and utility of the study. The study enrolled 85% (17/20) of those screened eligible. Loss to follow-up was 30% (5/17). No one reported emotional or physical harm. All of the respondents reported that the study was personally meaningful and that the results would be useful to others.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)152-158
Number of pages7
JournalComplementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 2014

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Funding Information:
Research reported in this publication was supported by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences of the National Institutes of Health Award Number UL1TR000114. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health. Additional support was provided by the Program in Health Disparities Research and the Applied Clinical Research Program.


  • Community-based participatory research
  • Domestic violence
  • Group psychotherapy
  • Mind-body therapies
  • Yoga


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