Ana Balzar believes that we all innately already have the tools that we need to overcome obstacles in life, but often we can get stuck, need guidance and support to uncover our inner healer toolbox. Ana uses a combination of evidence based psychotherapy and yoga therapy to tailor treatment to who you are, and what you hope to accomplish in individual therapy.
Ana specializes working with individuals who have experienced trauma, and those that struggle with anxiety and panic. She also works with folks who are seeking to integrate and explore yoga and spirituality within their therapy from a non-religious perspective. She affirms, has experience with and enjoys working with the LGBTQI+ population. She deeply enjoys working with fellow therapists who are seeking therapy themselves and looks forward to continuing that work. She integrates meditation, breathwork, EMDR, and ACT into her individual work with clients.
Ana is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who received her master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Denver in 2011, and her bachelor’s degree from Smith College in 2007, graduating with two majors, one in Comparative Literature, and the other in the Study of Women and Gender. Her passion for social justice and healing led her to pursue a career as a therapist, first inspired by her work at a rape crisis center, responding to callers on the 24-hour rape crisis hotline. After receiving her master’s degree in Social Work, she began working with the homeless population and with the criminal justice population as a case manager. After three years of this work, she accepted a position in the Outpatient Mental Health Clinic at the Denver VA, focusing her work on treating trauma and PTSD in the Veteran population. She transitioned to working in the PTSD clinic at the Denver VA, using evidence based and time limited PTSD specific treatments that proved to be effective in reducing PTSD symptoms and contributing to a higher quality to life. Ana has completed professional trainings in several therapeutic modalities, including: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and she is a 200 hour Integrative Yoga Therapy graduate and yoga teacher. She deeply believes in nurturing the connection between the mind and the body as a gateway to healing, and sees the body as the human vessel upon which all our life experiences are written on.
In her personal time, she loves to run, hike, read and travel internationally. Some of her favorite authors include: Audre Lorde, rupi kaur, Cheryl Strayed, and Glennon Doyle Melton. She loves to eat dark chocolate, she loves the moon, the ocean, her dog Luna and her cat Clementine.
To explore the possibility of working with Ana, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call her at 303-726-5057. You can visit www.rootedbodymind.com for more information.