Elisse Peltz has been working in the healing profession for fifteen years since receiving her MSW from Smith College in 2001. She worked in diverse clinical settings until starting a private practice in 2005. Elisse provides psychotherapeutic counselling for individuals, couples, adolescents, new moms, young men and families. Elisse works with clients struggling with anger, anxiety, low self esteem, depression, feeling overwhelmed, freedom from co-dependency and shame, interpersonal skills, love, sex and intimacy, loneliness, relationships, mindfulness training, life transitions, sleep issues and stress management. Elisse utilizes an eight-week stress and anxiety reduction program she created that combines Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness, breath work, yoga postures and meditation.
Elisse was introduced to yoga in high school when she stumbled upon a yoga instruction manual in her parents’ library. She started taking group classes to deal with the stress of school while attending McGill University. She has been a dedicated practitioner ever since. In 2004, she became a certified instructor at Yoga People in New York. To deepen her knowledge of the discipline Elisse completed a Restorative Teacher Training Program at Yogaspace in Toronto in 2006 and recently completed her 500-hour yoga teacher training as well as a 40-hour restorative training at Octopus Garden Yoga Center.
Elisse has taught at Twist yoga, Octopus Garden and Yogaspace studios. She also teaches in schools, boardrooms, weight loss clinics and in people’s basements to encourage accessibility for all types of people who are interested in learning about what yoga has to offer. Elisse has had many amazing teachers who have guided her along the way.
Because of her belief that yoga has the ability to strengthen, rejuvenate and heal the human spirit, Elisse began combining her passion for yoga with traditional psychotherapeutic techniques. Elisse followed this path to become a certified Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy Practitioner in 2008. Through a series of classical yoga techniques combined with elements of contemporary body-mind psychology, yoga therapy offers a way to explore the relationship between the body, mind and spirit.