|Welcome to the website for
Dr. Ellen Shapiro, Licensed
Certified Sex Therapist,
certified Yoga Teacher and
Yoga Therapist, and co-owner
of Namaste Yoga in
If you are interested in seeing Dr. Shapiro for therapy, you may be struggling
with depression, anxiety, unresolved grief, persistent anger or resentment,
sexual or gender concerns, or feelings that something is just not right in your
life. Do you feel that something inside prevents you from fully being the
person you'd like to be? Are your relationship dynamics troubling, with
persistent, frustrating patterns that don't lead to resolution? Perhaps you find
yourself repeating unhealthy thoughts, feelings and behaviors that you would
like relief from.
Dr. Shapiro uses a variety of therapeutic modalities and approaches to assist
people in healing and recovery from these problems and others. In practice
these approaches may blend together more or less, depending on the
situation. She is trained and experienced in traditional psychotherapy, body-
centered psychotherapy, sex therapy, and yoga therapy. You may also find it
helpful to participate in one of her regular group yoga classes at Namaste Yoga.
Traditional talk psychotherapy provides a safe space in a non-judgmental
atmosphere to talk through thoughts and feelings about issues in your life,
and to work toward new approaches. Talk therapy helps you become more
aware of unproductive emotional and behavioral patterns and empowers
you to find more effective and fulfilling alternatives.
Another approach to healing is body-centered psychotherapy, which is
based on the recognition that all emotions originate in the body.
Body-centered therapy uses exploration of body sensations and of the
"felt sense" of moment-to-moment experience as portals to deeper
emotional healing. Mindfulness techniques for practicing present moment
awareness are often included. Body-centered therapeutic practices work
on emotional, somatic, and energetic as well as on psychological and
cognitive levels. Deeper healing can often be found through integrating
body-centered techniques with traditional talk psychotherapy.
Sex therapy is talk therapy for individuals or couples where the topic is a
sexual concern or problem. Sex therapy can help you with issues such as:
• Decreased sexual desire; increased sexual desire
• Discrepancies in desire level between partners
• Painful intercourse and genital pain
• Difficulty with arousal/erections
• Difficulty with orgasm/ejaculations
• GLBTQ/sexual orientation concerns
• Gender identity and gender dysphoria/transgender/HRT evaluations
Dr. Shapiro will help you evaluate the problem, identify options for change,
and suggest practical homework to help you work toward the changes you
desire. Sexual problems in particular often respond best to an approach
that integrates body, mind, emotions, and spirit. Our sexual self in particular
is a reflection of all of these aspects. Often people wait such a long time
before seeking help for sexual problems that they develop various
secondary problems, such as low self-esteem, insecurity, and isolation,
as well as anger, resentment, sadness, and frustration in relationships.
Sexual problems are quite common, even among young people, so you are
not alone! Facing your problems can be scary, but will help you feel more
content and empowered in the long run.
Yoga therapy is an emerging field that uses yoga techniques and practices
to help people heal, grow and develop--physically and emotionally.
"Yoga therapy is the process of empowering individuals to progress toward
improved health and well-being through the application of the philosophy and
practice of Yoga." (IAYT) Dr. Shapiro is a certified yoga therapist.
Get the help you are looking for!
Dr. Shapiro offers private, confidential therapy for individuals, couples, and
families. She also offers workshops and retreats in yoga, meditation,
shamanic journeying, integrating sex and spirit, and women's sexuality.
To schedule an appointment, call (850) 222-0003 or email.
Dr. Shapiro can help you deal
more effectively with life's
challenges, including depression,
anxiety, difficult emotions and all
kinds of limiting beliefs.