Why Therapy + Yoga + Meditation?
Live a Life of Balance + Meaning
Your Mental Health Matters
It's completely normal for your mental health to fluctuate. Everyone can benefit from learning coping strategies to enhance their mental health and overall wellbeing. Some tools will resonate with you more than others. When you find what works best for you and choose to stick with it, you'll increase confidence to know that you're in control of managing challenges as they arise.
(Yoga - Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)
The Y-CBT integrative group treatment model addresses symptoms of anxiety and depression by combining traditional psychotherapy with yogic practices and philosophies, didactic material, and group process.
Y-CBT was created by Julie Greiner-Ferris, LICSW & Manjit Kaur Khalsa, EdD.
Why Join a Support Group?
You are not alone in your struggles.
In the group setting, Amanda facilitates opportunities for individuals to enhance connections and to explore and express feelings in a safe and nonjudgmental space.
Gain insight into your coping patterns and learn practical tools to combat stressors or anxiety. Group members will also discover how to collectively receive and give support.
Therapist, Yoga & Meditation Teacher
Amanda is passionate about providing individuals with tools that enable them to activate and maintain self care. Her therapeutic approach is holistic, warm, and individually tailored. Amanda is easy to talk to and will help you with strengthening both your intrapersonal and interpersonal skills to ultimately live a fuller and more meaningful life. Amanda will support you with finding clarity with your goals and ways to practically attain them.
Amanda supports children, teens, families and adults struggling with a variety of challenges including: anxiety, depression, trauma, ADHD, and interpersonal difficulties at Bhava Therapy Group. She also leads groups for youth and adults, including Y-CBT (Yoga-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy).
Amanda has experience providing evidence-based individual, group, and family therapy in the elementary and middle school settings. She has supported children and families through offering therapeutic services at UCLA's Partial Hospitalization Program and Bellevue Hospital's Adolescent Psychiatric Inpatient Unit.
Since 2010, Amanda has led various therapeutic yoga programs including:
Y-CBT classes for adults with anxiety & depression
Group classes at Bellevue Hospital's Adolescent Psychiatric Inpatient Unit
Group classes for youth who are Homeless and At-Risk at Covenant House, NYC
Group classes for adults living with cancer at the John Theurer Cancer Center
Group classes for students in the Paterson Public Schools
Individual bedside meditation, breathing, or yoga sessions to children living with cancer at Hackensack University Medical Center
Private sessions, group classes, and summer camp programs for children with autism
Chair yoga classes for adults with mental illnesses at Care Plus, NJ
Amanda Sacks, RYT 500, completed her 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training at Naturally Yoga & her 300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training at YogaWorks. Amanda received her Bachelor's in Social Work from New York University & her Master's in Social Work from the University of Southern California.
"I learned how to breathe whenever I'm in a tough situation, I learned to write down my feelings to help express myself, and that people can relate to what I'm going through as well."
"What I gained from group is confidence to be able to communicate to people I've just met... I will continue to not be afraid to talk to people about how I'm feeling."
"I learned that I'm not alone in my struggles, and I have also realized how far I've come. I will continue to listen to others and myself."
Teen Support Group Members
“I have been taking a “gentle yoga” online course with Amanda during the COVID pandemic. Amanda excels not just as a yoga teacher but as an online yoga teacher. She provides very clear, precise instruction in her incredibly gentle voice, always reminding us about our breath, and her instructions are peppered with reassurances:“it is okay to just do what you can do.” It is not that easy to find a yoga instructor who is so accepting that some of us have challenges and need some modifications in our yoga practice. I have gained so much flexibility from working (online) with Amanda. And her closing mantra brings me so much peace. I love Amanda’s classes!"
Rhea-Beth, Director, Office of Grant Development, Georgia Cancer Center