Yoga Therapy in the National Health Service: Experiences with Non-Epileptic Attack Disorder

by Susi Wrenshaw

Intended audience: yoga teachers, yoga therapists, interested yoga practitioners

Originally published in Yoga Therapy Today, a publication of the International Association of Yoga Therapists (www.iayt.org). Shared with permission.

During my time as a yoga therapist in the Neuropsychology Department at Salford Royal Hospital, I had almost 1,000 individual appointments with patients who were diagnosed with non-epileptic attack disorder (NEAD). This article shares some of my experiences with NEAD—also known as psychogenic nonepileptic seizures, dissociative seizures, or functional seizures—as well how I became a yoga therapist in this clinical setting. Having recently completed this contract, my time there will stand out for me as a cornerstone in the development of my own therapy practice and because it involved the groundbreaking step of the U.K. National Health Service (NHS) employing a yoga therapist in a psychology department.

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