Dr. Anya Hricko, MA, PhD holds a masters and a doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology with a specialty in Somatic Psychology. Anya is passionate about assisting others in discovering their authentic self and harvesting meaning from all of life’s experiences bringing more ease, creativity and purpose to ones journey. Her doctoral research focused on the power of embodiment as a pathway to aliveness, creativity, passion and one’s innate healing capacity.
Anya brings many tools to her practice allowing more options, creativity and effectiveness. Her professional practice is a synthesis of over 40 years of training and experience in body/mind healing arts with extensive experience and training in somatic approaches.
Anya’s practice is very much informed by her love of processing with clients and discovering what moves and motivates them. She has studied Process-Oriented Psychology (Process Work) as developed by Dr. Arny and Amie Mindell for over 20 years and finds that approach instrumental in harvesting the wisdom in body symptoms and other challenges that we face.
Additionally, she became a Certified Master Neuro-Linguistic Programmer and Certified Life Coach to support her clients in a solution focused approaches to creating the life they want. Her Coaching practice is informed by her extensive study of leading edge neuroscience research and NLP technologies that address how we think about and organize our world in order to intercept patterns that no longer serve us. Understanding the importance of bringing in a somatic element to ground and support transformation and change, Anya developed Body Wisdom Life Coaching™.
Recognizing the affect that diet and nutrition has on balancing moods and brain function, Anya completed a post graduate certification program in Nutritional Psychology. She coaches others in optimizing their diet to address anxiety, depression, sleep issues, body image and food related challenges, as well as helping others to achieve peak performance through good nutrition and lifestyle changes.
Anya is skilled at helping others reconnect with their body healing traumatic experiences and supporting integration of body, heart, mind and spirit. She is a Certified Somatic Experiencing Practitioner having completed a 3-year training in Somatic Experiencing, a leading edge trauma resolution therapy developed by Dr. Peter Levine.
Additionally, Anya has extensive training in somatic movement approaches and sound healing. Her love of movement began as a child where she happily danced all day as her mother played piano for the local dance teacher. As a young adult Anya explored every new form of movement education that came on to the scene. She studied the work of many early movement pioneers; including Mabel Todd, Lulu Swigart, Feldenkrais, Alexander, Bartenieff and Laban.
She pursued her passion for movement becoming a Certified Somatic Movement Therapist and 1993 graduate of the Somatic Movement Therapy training directed by Martha Eddy, Ed D. Her movement therapy approach is strongly influenced by her experience and training in Body-Mind Centering, Authentic Movement and Continuum Movement.
Anya also completed the year long program in Contemplative Movement with Daphne Lowell and Alton Wasson in 1994 and has led authentic movement and body wisdom groups for several years. She is also a Certified Yoga Instructor and 500-hour Yoga Alliance master teacher who specializes in Gentle and Fluid Yoga integrating Continuum movement, Body Mind Centering and movement re- education into her classes.
Early on Anya discovered that movement and sound were intimately connected and has studied sound healing and sacred sound with many of the pioneers in the field including Jill Purse, Jonathan Goldman, Don Campbell, Jai Utal, Russill Paul, and Sarah Benson as well as completing an Intensive Training in Sound Healing with Dr. Molly Scott, Director of the Creative Resonance Institute in 2001.
Her background also includes extensive training and experience in Integrative Bodywork having worked as Licensed Massage Therapist for 25 years and a Certified Reflexologist and trainer for the past 40 years. She has taught Reflexology, Swedish massage, Body Mechanics and Somatic Awareness in Massage Schools since 1981.
The essence and power of her work is informed by her expertise in multiple modalities providing a richness and diversity that many feel meet their specific needs and provide lasting results. Her passion is exploring the interface between the wisdom that our bodies offer us and how to integrate that knowledge with our psychological and spiritual process. Anya believes in each person’s ability to tap into his or her own unique creative source and inner wisdom. She approaches this inner journey with respect, humor, wisdom and playfulness.
Somatic Life Coaching (Body Wisdom Life Coaching)
Neuro-psychological approaches to transformation (bridging somatic psychology with positive psychology and the latest brain research)
Nutritional and lifestyle strategies for optimal body/mind wellness
Trauma resolution and education
Supporting women to embrace their wholeness
PhD in Clinical and Somatic Psychology
MA in Clinical and Somatic Psychology
Certified Life Coach – Developer of Body Wisdom Life Coaching™
Certified Master Neuro-Linguistic Programmer
Certified Somatic Movement Therapist™
Certified Somatic Experiencing Practitioner™
Certified Yoga Instructor
Certification in Nutritional Psychology
Training in Amino Acid Therapy with Julia Ross, author of Mood Cure
Training in Brain Optimization through Nutrition
Whole Brain Integration in the Clinical Application of Somatic Experiencing
Published in the United States Association of Body Psychotherapy Journal, Volume 10(1), Spring 2011.
Soma Wisdom: Honoring your experience … Trusting your Body.
Published Spring 2003. Many Hands Magazine.