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Laura Humpf is passionate about supporting folks heal the effects of individual, collective, intergenerational and systemic trauma as well as cultivating and nourishing resilience.
She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in working with folks living with a wide range of challenges including depression, grief, racism, shame, sexism, and the struggle to love the body they live in. As a certified Yoga Therapist she utilizes body-based approaches to healing, which can decrease pain, emotional and physical, and trauma symptoms (i.e. insomnia, panic, dissociation, etc.) while increasing acceptance, courage and the capacity to meet life with compassion and choice.
Laura, a white, cisgender, straight, able-bodied, middle class womxn, works from trauma-informed, consent-based and anti-oppression approaches and is committed to clients experiencing agency, empowerment and freedom. She looks at identities of unearned privilege and oppression as important aspects of the ways humxns experience trauma and resilience.
Laura, born and raised outside of Chicago (on Miama, Peoria and Potawatomi land) and calling the Duwamish land of Seattle home since 2004, turned to yoga in 2002 after struggling with burn out and insomnia and started teaching in 2004. She has been a mental health therapist and yoga therapist since 2007, and opened Rainier Beach Yoga, a studio focusing on resilience and social and racial justice, in 2014. She has studied with The Samarya Center, IRest, Theater of the Oppressed, Reverend angel Kyodo williams, and Cultures Connecting.
This work fills Laura up, and she is grateful to have the opportunity to share it with others. She is a daily meditator, animal lover, voracious reader and hiker. She looks forward to working with you.