A collective of NYC professionals working alongside each other for the greater good.
TARYN E. HUGHES
CEO / FOUNDER
A pioneer in body-centered therapy, Ms. Hughes has supported individuals in coping with or overcoming physical and emotional trauma for the past 15 years and has worked as a consultant on trauma-informed programming nationally and internationally.
Taryn understands, firsthand, the moral complexity, futility, exhaustion and altered lifestyle of professionals who serve our most vulnerable citizens. As Executive Director of Youth-Abilitation, a nonprofit offering trauma-informed mind-body programming to youth serving life w/o parole prison sentences, she regularly grappled with being "all in" professionally and "all numb" personally. "There was not enough wine in the world to silence their screams and make small talk normal again." she recalls.
Today, in response to her own journey and healing, she shares her skill and hope for healing with professionals who are in physical or emotional pain due to work related trauma exposure.
Taryn Hughes has years of experience in program developer and as a service provider for public and government institutions including the Department of Corrections, Job Corps, YMCA, Humboldt University, Berlin Public and International School systems and the British Embassy, as well as a restorative justice coordinator in the NYC school system. She pursued her LLM studies in International Human Rights Law, Women and Minority Rights, at European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder), Germany and completed her BA in Fine Applied Arts / Dance, Point Park University. Her training as a professional dancer launched her career in mind-body and movement therapy. She's trained in the Hakomi Method and various approaches to Somatic Therapy, Embodiment, Mindfulness and Trauma-Informed Yoga.
DR. LISA COHEN
HEAD OF CRISIS RESPONSE AND RECOVERY
Licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in New York City and co-developer of an evidence-based treatment for survivors of complex trauma. She spent more than a decade of her career as a Research Scientist at the New York State Psychiatric Institute at Columbia University Medical Center testing and disseminating interventions for the treatment of Post-traumatic Stress and Substance Use Disorders. Dr. Cohen is also a crisis and trauma response consultant whom provides "psychological first aid" to people, businesses and communities in the aftermath of disaster. www.DrLisaCohen.com
STAFF (& ASSOCIATES)
We partner with and hire area professionals - psychologists, social workers, somatic therapists, trauma specialists and gifted facilitators from various backgrounds to offer our signature services in local communities.
Starting a sustainable organization takes a village. Thank you to all professionals that have contributed expertise.