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The Heart of Therapy



This group will focus on exploring the basics of experiential therapy while attending to your personal growth as a therapist.  Developed for new(ish) therapists, this group would be a fit if you would like additional education on working with clients in a deep experiential way, and are looking for support that will increase your self-awareness, authenticity and confidence in the therapy room.  Part training group and part process group, this is an opportunity to learn practical didactic material on incorporating experiential trauma-healing modalities while allowing time for connection, support and consultation. This group aims to be a supportive learning environment which will aid in your development as a therapist. 


We will be going in-depth with practical and theoretical

information on topics such as:

  • The Healing Power of Presence and Somatic Work in Psychotherapy

  • Using Parts Work to Address Power Dynamics, Systems of Oppression and Intergenerational Trauma

  • Utilizing Polyvagal Theory in the Therapy Room

  • Nonviolent Communication and Self-Compassion

  • Boundary Work and Preventing Burnout

  • Incorporating Interpersonal Neurobiology and Dan Siegel's 9 Levels of Integration into Treatment Planning

  • Diana Fosha's Change Triangle and AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy) Principles


We are limiting class size to 12 participants to ensure a personalized experience; please click here to apply.



MEETING TIMES: 8 classes, meeting every other Friday beginning Aug. 27, 2021 through Dec 17, 2021 from 12pm to 2pm CST. (No group on Nov. 5, as your group leaders will be out at a training!)


COST: $85 per session, or $640 if paid in full by class start date. A limited number of partial scholarships are available; please click here to apply. Applications due by August 1, 2021.


  • Curriculum grounded in the latest research on trauma healing

  • Engaging demonstrations of applied modalities

  • Your own program partner for support and inspiration

  • Dedicated time for case consultation and clinical support

  • Access to online classroom resources 

Meet the Group Leaders

April McAnally

April McAnally, LPC

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April McAnally (she/her) is a psychotherapist and trauma specialist. As a certified compassion fatigue professional, April has a particular interest in working with fellow therapists and other helping professionals to treat and prevent burnout. Some of the modalities April has trained in and uses include Somatic Experiencing(Advanced level), EMDR, Relational Life Therapy and Internal Family Systems. She sees individuals and couples at her private practice in Austin, TX. For more information, visit

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Kim Schaefer, LPC, SEP

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Kim Schaefer (she/her), is an integrative psychotherapist, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, and yoga teacher with a private practice in Austin, Texas. Her work focuses on the intersection of embodiment, emotional health, and contemplative practices and how these support the healing of trauma in a relational way. You can learn more about Kim on her website,

Kim and April went to graduate school at the same time but didn’t really meet until a fateful lunch date during the first weekend of our EMDR basic training. We’re pretty sure that our first coffee date after that sealed the deal for us to be therapy wives. In the years we’ve known each other, we’ve shared spaces in consultation groups and professional trainings, and have been each other’s go-to for processing our feelings around tough cases. We have regular "walk and talks" together, where we often find ourselves brainstorming ideas of how to make life easier for new therapists now that we’ve stumbled through our own sometimes painful early years in the profession. We’ve collectively completed more than a thousand hours of post graduate education in experiential therapies such as Somatic Experiencing, Internal Family Systems, EMDR, Bonnie Badenoch’s Inner Communities, Emotional Transformation Therapy and Relational Life Therapy, and are passionate about supporting other new therapists find confidence and support in their work. 

Online Class

Apply Now

Ready to get started? Submit your application by clicking the button below. Applications are due by August 1. We have a limited number of scholarship opportunities available for BIPOC therapists; please indicate on the application if you would like to be considered for a partial scholarship. Have questions about the group? Shoot us an email.

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