A US Army veteran, Adriana specializes in veterans issues, PTSD, trauma and abuse recovery, substance abuse and adjustment issues.
Her love of travel and her interest in helping others led her to enlist in the Army after college. In the military, she functioned as a Psychological Operations soldier, working with diverse populations around the world. She deployed multiple times to Iraq and Afghanistan, where she worked with multiple high-stress situations, seeking resolutions through collaboration, intelligent dialogue, and responsiveness. She implemented psychological interventions and crisis management techniques throughout her time in the service. Adriana has been honored to work as a leader and a mentor in the military and the Army Reserves and has a deep desire to continue her work with veterans and other populations affected by trauma, PTSD, depression, substance abuse and addiction and anxiety disorders.
Personally, she experienced the healing powers of the mind-body connection after her deployments. During her military career, Adriana was able to lead a Sunday morning yoga class on base, where she worked on balance (literally and figuratively). A graduate of The LISPY School’s 200 hour psychotherapeutic yoga program, Adriana employs evidence-based practices, such as yoga therapy, mindfulness and EMDR in her work with her clients.
Adriana grew up a little north of Texas – about 939 miles north – in the mythically cold state of Minnesota. After an entire childhood of brutal winters, she inexplicably continued to brave the weather in college, attending the University of Minnesota in Duluth and majoring in psychology. She then spent a year studying in England, which thawed her out a bit and kindled an insatiable desire to travel.
“I believe in the individual and that people have incredible strength and resilience to survive in the harshest of conditions. I deployed multiple times overseas with the military so I understand finding the normal in unusual situations. The body and mind have information for us and I like to help with the access of that information through talking and physical awareness.”