Val Niklas

Portrait of Val Niklas

Affiliate Graduate Research Assistant

Val Niklas (she/her) earned a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Lesley University (Holistic Studies track). She is a 500-hour certified yoga teacher with an interest in yoga therapeutics and trauma-informed yoga therapy. She completed clinical work at a community-based residential program for traumatized youth where she incorporated mindfulness and body-based interventions. As a former intern for JRI’s Center for Trauma and Embodiment, she hopes to continue integrating psychosomatic interventions into her clinical work. Val is interested in research to better understand the benefits or contraindications of mindfulness-based modalities, psychosomatic therapies, and trauma-informed yoga interventions.

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