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GET TO KNOW JUANITA
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” -Marianne Williamson
Hello! I’m Juanita Davis, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and yoga- psychotherapist. Yoga-psychotherapy integrates body movement and therapy to alleviate not only the emotional symptoms of depression and anxiety, but physical pains and weaknesses that often go along with them as well. I am passionate about helping women manage life transitions and heal from the depression, fear, and anxiety that accompany these changes. I especially enjoy working on women’s issues, including emotional eating, postpartum depression, and balancing family and work.
The Issues are in the Tissues
Not everyone who works with me will find themselves twisted in odd positions on a yoga mat, but therapy with me will almost always include breathing exercises and body awareness in addition to learning healthy thought patterns. This is because I believe the mind and body are intricately connected. What happens in your thoughts and emotions is also experienced physically and vice versa. As my yoga teacher once said, “the issues are in the tissues.” Often emotional distress manifests as physical problems such as heart palpitations, shortness of breath, headaches, stomach upset, fatigue, and body aches. In order to experience true relief from anxiety and depression a change needs to occur in both your physical and cognitive habits. Yoga, which involves a system of exercise that engages both the mind (cognitive and meditative concentration) and body (postures and breathing techniques) helps overcome both depression and the physical toll it takes on our bodies. In addition, the human body was made to move. Our increasingly sedentary lifestyle is not only a risk to our physical health but also to our emotional well- being.
My Therapeutic Approach
I believe that everyone is capable of great courage, and we all have a remarkable ability to change. As your therapist, my role is to guide you along your journey and provide you with the necessary skills to overcome challenges. I create a safe, non-judgmental space where together we can tackle the issues that hold you back from living the life you want to live. I use a variety of therapy methods including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Mindfulness, and Solution Focused Therapy.
I have over 14 years of experience in the mental health field, which include inpatient, outpatient and community settings. I have also been teaching yoga for over four years, and I’m registered with Yoga Alliance. I am also certified as a prenatal yoga teacher and health coach.
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, University of New York at Buffalo
Master of Social Work, University of New York at Buffalo
Master of Business Administration, University of North Alabama
Just for fun
Someone recently asked me what I do in my free time. I laughed and said, “What free time?” As a mother of three active boys my life is very busy, but this is all the more reason I cherish every moment and make self-care and quiet time a top priority. I love yoga, and when I’m not teaching a class or workshop, I’m taking a class. I’m also a Sudoku fanatic and book lover.