Alexandra Cat 

TCTSY-F, TCTSY-T, RYT, MA (Sussex), BA Hons (Oxf)

Teaching Faculty, The Trauma Centre, Trauma Sensitive Yoga Certification Program

Licensed 20-hour TCTSY Trainer (TCTSY-T) for the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the Republic of Ireland.

Certified to to facilitate Trauma Centre, Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY-F) as an adjunctive treatment for Developmental/Complex trauma

Alex is in supervision with David Emerson & Jenn Turner, The Trauma Centre, Boston

As a TCTSY-F, Alex's practice must comply with the IA-TCTSY Guidelines on Ethical Practice

Originally trained in the Western approaches to psychology, philosophy & neuroscience (Oxford and Sussex Universities), Alex shifted her emphasis from the intellectual to the physical in her late 20's, exploring a body-based psychology through mountaineering/climbing, dance & the Yoga Sutras.

She later combined this experience with a range of educational programs including, but not limited to Dialectical & Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Psychodynamic Counselling and is a graduate of the Trauma Centre's Certificate programmes in Traumatic Stress Studies & Trauma Sensitive Yoga

Alex's client base includes individuals who identify as living with a range of experiences, including:

  • dissociation

  • body dysmorphia, shame & dysregulated appetite & eating

  • addictions, compulsions & self-injurious behavior

  • depression, insomnia, anxiety

  • complex & developmental trauma

In both her individual and group work Alex's interests are in early sexual assault, neglect, body dysmorphia, fantasy and shame. She has a special interest in working with individuals with non-conforming identities of sex, gender and sexuality, and in developing a trauma informed group practice to work as an adjunct to psychodynamically informed group therapy.

Alex has presented posters and delivered workshops on interoception, trauma & chronic stress to the London Speciality Schools of Psychiatry, of General Practitioners, the International and UK Societies for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis and to the National Health Service Practitioner Health Programme.

Alex is a regular guest lecturer for the UK’s National Health Service, Medical Education programs

She is a founding member of the International Association of Trauma Center, Trauma Sensitive Yoga (IA-TCTSY), co-convenes the TCTSY Ethics Committee and co-ordinates the TCTSY Reflective Practice Groups.

Current Research

In partnership with Dr Patsy Fuller, North Essex Partnership Foundation Trust, Pilot Study - Trauma Centre, Trauma Sensitive Yoga, An Adjunctive Treatment for Complex Trauma


Professional Membership

  • Positive Outcomes for Dissociative Survivors - Dissociative Friendly Therapists

  • European Association of Trauma Centre, Trauma Sensitive Yoga (EA-TCTSY)

  • International Association of Trauma Centre, Trauma Sensitive Yoga (IA-TCTSY)

  • TCTSY Ethics Committee

  • TCTSY Reflective Practice Group