Rising Up

Counseling & Therapeutic Yoga for
Mental Health Treatment and Prevention

Mental Health Treatment

Cindy Happe, MSW, LICSW, has worked in various mental health and social service settings for the past 23 years. Her experience in residential treatment, day treatment, inpatient and partial hospitalization programs, and most recently providing outpatient therapy to children/adolescents and their families in the St. Cloud and surrounding communities, has created a vast skill base to effectively treat mental health concerns as well as a passion for prevention. She believes in providing education and understanding regarding your child’s diagnosis and in addition to therapy, will provide your family support in making lifestyle changes to improve overall wellness, increasing your family’s resilience to illness and stress. She believes in working collaboratively with other professionals that are involved in your child’s care, and providing the same attention to your concerns as she would expect from a treating professional.

As a certified Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Instructor and a Certified Youth Yoga Calm Instructor, Cindy has worked to incorporate these practices into therapy to assist in the body’s recovery from traumatic events, and re-discover it’s innate strength, balance, and resilience. These practices are a powerful adjunct to traditional therapy. She provides a safe and welcoming environment for you and/or your family to move through change, loss, illness, and/or trauma.

Primary diagnosis treated include: Depression. Anxiety, ADD/ADHD, Parent/Child Conflict, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, developmental trauma, and general adjustment to stressful life events and life changes.

Therapeutic Yoga Services

Traditional therapy often focuses on the cognitive process or “top-down” approach to healing. Yoga-based interventions utilize a “bottom up” approach; incorporating postures and breathing techniques to re-build a sense of connection with self to develop a new relationship with the body. Trauma affects the body’s physiology, and memories can be stored at a biological level that is difficult to reach through traditional therapy. Recent research is validating what recovering survivors already know, that trauma treatment must incorporate the body.

Mental Health Prevention

Yoga Calm for Children

YogaCalm is a research-supported wellness learning and preparedness curriculum designed to meet the needs of children and teens (K-12) by integrating fitness, social/emotional skills development and cognitive learning.

Guided by five wellness principles- stillness, listening, grounding, strength & community- the curriculum consists of 60 specifically designed activities that bring together mindfulness/stress reduction techniques, yoga-based movement, social/emotional learning(SEL) activities, and relaxation and story-telling techniques into a unified, supportive context. Implementation of this program has shown to improve test scores, comprehension, and social and emotional stability of children. These skills are supportive of lifelong success.

Yoga for Stress Reduction

By reducing perceived stress and anxiety, yoga appears to modulate stress response systems. This, in turn, decreases physiological arousal; for example, reducing the heart rate, lowering blood pressure, and easing respiration. There is also evidence that yoga practices help increase heart rate variability, an indicator of the body’s ability to respond to stress more flexibly. Individual and group instruction is available for adults, children and families.

Payment for Services

Therapeutic services are covered by most insurance companies and yoga (moving meditation) is incorporated in conjunction with individual, group, and family therapy when clinically appropriate.

Yoga Calm classes for youth, and Yoga for families are available at affordable rates at Rising Up, LLC, and the Millstream Wellness Studio in St. Joseph, MN.

Cindy A. T. Happe, MSW LICSW
Certified Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Instructor
Certified Youth Yoga Calm Instructor