Pathways to Healing Through Body Centered Practices

Pathways to Healing

In this course, you will be learning about the impact of trauma on the body, mind, and spirit, stemming from Elisha's research, passion, and experiences in building up the program. This program continues to evolve and is shaped by the communities that surround our trauma survivors. 

Pathways to Healing Through Body Centered Practices is an ongoing, self-paced trauma-conscious training that can be completed within 6 months of your start date. 

Topics covered in this course are:

  • Self-Care
  • Systems of Oppression
  • Trauma Theory
  • Neuroscience and Trauma
  • Attachment and Shame
  • Creating Trauma Conscious Spaces
  • Trauma Conscious Yoga
  • Art Therapy (bonus module)

Participants who sign up for this trauma-conscious training before June 9 will be invited to join Elisha for a special LIVE feature from June 10 - June 12. Elisha will be teaching sections of this trauma-conscious training live, as well as discussing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Elisha Fernandes Simpson

EMDR Therapist, Social Worker, Trauma-Informed Trainer

Working at the intersection of trauma conscious practices and transformative justice

Where it started

Having the opportunity to transform her own trauma through the practice of yoga, Elisha Fernandes Simpson truly believes in the healing power of trauma-conscious practices. Elisha is a Cape Verdean woman, licensed social worker, accomplished yoga instructor, and mindfulness trainer working at the intersection of trauma-conscious yoga and social justice. 

As a social worker, Elisha has worked in hospital settings, youth detention facilities, homeless shelters, and with teen girls who have been sexually trafficked. She has trained clinicians, social workers, and professionals in trauma-conscious programs and instructor supervisors in offering trauma conscious skills within their organizations. She has led training with the Mount Vernon Police Department, social workers of Westchester County Department of Social Services, and has led trauma-conscious training throughout New York state and Massachusetts. For over a decade, she has provided children, adolescents, and adults who have suffered from traumatic experiences with interventions to help overcome their inability to cope in their everyday lives.

As Founder and Executive Director of the former nonprofit organization, the Crossover Yoga Project's gender-specific, trauma-responsive curriculum entitled I Believe in Me, empowered over 5000 trauma survivors through trauma-conscious yoga, mindfulness, and creative art expressions to build resilience. 

Her personal yoga practice of over 20 years brings her the resilience she needs as a trauma survivor, and the inspiration and commitment to expanding a sense of stability and radical love. This manifests via pop-up yoga classes, and training focused on collaborative care, learning mindfulness, and helping to understand what being trauma conscious is all about. She is currently teaching and trauma-conscious yoga in the women’s, men’s, and acute medical units of Westchester County Department of Correction. 

Elisha is an EMDR Therapist, Mindful Based Stress Reduction instructor, trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) She is a member of the Westchester County Department of Mental Health Trauma Subcommittee in providing education in trauma-informed capacity for executives to lead thoughtfully within their organization. She is an instructor for the Path of Freedom, a member of New York State Trauma-Informed Network, Westchester Women’s Agenda, and on the Health and Wellness committee of the NAACP. 



Pathways to Healing Through Body Centred Practices