Embodied Resilience


"This profound and unique experience gave me the courage to identify and face inner conflicts that I was not even aware that I had! I am looking forward to trying it again very soon."

                                          --Gloria von Oiste, MA, LCSW, Licensed Clinical Social Worker,Registered Art Therapist


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We help teens and adults discover balance, resilience and emotional awareness so they can stop self sabotage and have healthy relationships with themselves and others. Embodied Resilience Technique is an insight oriented and body focused approach to healing and emotional health. It combines the wisdom of yoga with psychotherapy. The experience enables you to safely feel, understand, and shift your emotional states.  

ERT uses guided imagery and yoga, allowing you to be curious, compassionate and creative with the part of you that is currently experiencing difficulty. From an automatic irritation with a co-worker to a flashback that destabilizes you, ERT is a pause to openly get to know this galvanized part of yourself.  

We call emotions "feelings" because emotion IS a physical, sensory experience.  What is that feeling that just took over? Why did my body just get tight? Where did I learn to react like that?  Why am I seemingly so defensive?  How can I shift back to a more centered calmer response? How does my body feel when I experience complete safety?

Getting to know all your parts and feelings, including the ones that constantly undermine you, creates emotional agility and freedom.    

ERT works well as an adjunct to traditional psychotherapy. It facilitates your ability to release blocks and defenses so you can feel greater comfort in your body, your mind and your life.

"I participated in an Embodied Resilience group and connected with parts of myself that had been resistant to change. The process was stirring, gentle, and a meaningful means for increasing self awareness and releasing burdens from the past. I liked being part of the group because it was a way to center within oneself in a shared space with others."

                                                                                                       -Julie Willstatter, Licensed Clinical Social Worker


Get to Know Us

Aviva Gitlin, Psy.D
Clinical Psychologist
Aviva Gitlin is a Clinical Psychologist practicing in White Plains, NY.  Her childhood friends remember telling her their dreams because, even as a child, Aviva passionately wanted to understand how our minds work, why we feel the way we do, and what we can do to feel healthier, better and more confidant. Originally from South Africa, Aviva has traveled the world collecting degrees to assist her in these efforts.  She has a BA from WITS in South Africa, an MA from Bar-Ilan in Israel and a Doctorate from Yeshiva University in NY.  In 2006 Aviva graduated as a psychoanalyst from Westchester Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy in 2006.  She also has advanced training in marriage counseling and sex therapy. 

Currently, Aviva is on the Faculty of WCSPP where she teaches a class on Dreams. In her private practice she remains committed to the belief that healing happens through deep self understanding, self-acceptance and kindness to one's self and others.




Yael Sunshine, C-IAYT
Certified Yoga Therapist

Yael Sunshine is a yoga therapist and teacher specializing in work with trauma and stress. With a rich background in fine arts, dance movement therapy, core energetics and special education, Yael draws on her extensive experience to create practices that are tailored to the unique needs of her clients, helping them find comfort in their bodies and a greater sense of openness, empathy and aliveness.

Yael piloted the Yoga for Breast Cancer program at Nyack Hospital, addressing the physical , emotional and spiritual aspects of coping with the diagnosis. 

She is a contributing author in the Amazon #1 bestseller Your Shift Matters, From Breakdown to Breakthrough. This anthology explores the journey from traumatic events to success and accomplishment.

 Back to School Workshop
 August 12th,  10:30 am - 1 pm
August 5th
Times: 10 am-12 pm:
Cost: $100
 34 South Broadway, Suite 110 White Plains, NY 10601


Dr. Aviva Gitlin: 917-658-6099
Yael Sunshine: 845-323-0139

We'd love to hear from you about any questions you have!

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