Sarah Raymond

2022 UMEUS Team-3

Meet Sarah

I am a Yoga Therapist and Teacher who specialises in supporting children and young people with their mental and emotional health.

We know that children and young people are suffering. In 2020 one in six children aged five to 16 were identified as having a mental health problem. But less than one in three young people get access to NHS care and treatment. The Covid-19 pandemic has been particularly difficult for some children and young people.

My work supports both the prevention of and intervention in mental and emotional health issues, so that children do not reach crisis point. It is my belief that through the practices offered in Yoga Therapy, as well as through nurturing a deeply attuned and supportive therapeutic relationship, every child can find deep comfort, joy and wellness in their being.

The beauty and potential of Yoga as Therapy is that I have time and space to adapt Yoga for the specific needs of individuals, meaning each session is tailormade and responsive to the needs of the child.

As a Yoga Therapist, training with Child Psychologist Dr Lucy Arnsby-Wilson and Integrative Specialist Janine Hurley, I have studied the work of key theorists and practitioners in the area of trauma and attachment, such as Bessel Van der Kolk, Bruce Perry, Dan Siegel, Stephen Porges and Peter Levine. So I understand the psychology and neuroscience that explains why ancient Yogic practices hold such potency, and know how to apply them therapeutically.

 

Working in deep attunement, I share practices and positive coping strategies so that children and young people learn to self-regulate and feel more at peace in their minds and bodies. Depending on the child, this might include some simple movement practices, breathing techniques, journaling, mindfulness practices, sensory exploration, meditation or visualisations. Some sessions may be very physical and playful, others may be more still and focussed on relaxation. All sessions flow around the needs of the child, in that moment, on that day. These are practices for self-empowerment that help children find and experience a deep, healing connection to themselves and to others.

One of the reasons Yoga as Therapy is so effective for children and young people is that there is no pressure to explain themselves or their story – unless of course they want to. It is a place where they connect in with themselves, learn to self-soothe, and just be. As the perfect, whole human beings they are.

This work is suitable for children and young people facing challenges such as anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, anger, grief, low mood, eating disorders, stress, trauma and PTSD, ADHD, attachment issues, identity issues, childhood transitions, cancer and chronic pain.

I work one-to-one and also offer small groups sessions, tailored specifically around children or young people facing similar challenges. My training is accredited to The British Psychological Society as well as the Independent Yoga Network. I have regular supervision from a Clinical Psychologist and Yoga Therapist.

Embodied practices, connecting body, mind, brain & self

The Gift of Rest Workshops
Nidra Restore Teacher Training
Yoga Therapy

Events with Sarah - Coming Soon

Therapeutic Massage

UMEtouch Therapeutic Massage with Ella de Roeck

UMEUS' resident massage therapist Ella de Roeck will be working from our Foundation space on Friday afternoons. Massage therapy offers a safe, calm and grounded physical touch that invites possibility for shifts in somatic responses. Email: umetouch@umeusfoundation.org to enquire about availability.   You can read more about Ella here
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UMEtalk – Being with Bereavement

Coming Soon... UMEUS in partnership with Brighton and Hove City Council are offering a therapist facilitated support group offering space to explore grief through compassion and connection. Group facilitator, dates, times and location to be announced soon. For more information please email umegroups@umeusfoundation.org
Therapeutic Yoga with Helen Moss

UMEspace Therapeutic Yoga with Helen Moss

UMEspace Therapeutic Yoga for recovery, rejuvenation and reinvention... Tuesdays at 9:30 in our Foundation Space in Cambridge Grove, Hove.  Helen Moss will support you through movement, breath and somatic awareness as you make friends with your body, mind and heart. This class is for all yoga ability.   Email: umespace@umeusfoundation.org to book your space.
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UMEspace & UMElearn Yoga & Somatics for Healing & Recovery Workshop

Join Charlotte Watts for her workshops for practitioners. Exploring key threads from her online course themes, Charlotte brings teaching therapeutically into a real environment. Including practice, discussion and workgroups, these sessions can be attended at part of, or separately to Charlotte's CPD Courses. Email umespace@umeusfoundation.org for information on dates and times.
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UMEsolomamas – Meeting Motherhood

Coming Soon... UMEUS in partnership with Brighton and Hove City Council are offering a facilitated peer support group, connecting a community of women without partners. Group facilitator, dates, times and location to be announced soon. For more information please email umegroups@umeusfoundation.org
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UMEpapas – Finding Fatherhood

Coming Soon... UMEUS in partnership with Brighton and Hove City Council are offering a facilitated peer support group encouraging men to support other men in the journey of Dad. Group facilitator, dates, times and location to be announced soon. For more information please email umegroups@umeusfoundation.org
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UMEpapas

An honest, supportive community group, using mindfulness and embodied awareness to support fathers. Group starts with a grounding meditation to help you ground and connect to yourself and the group, followed by circle discussion. All held in a non-judgemental, nurturing way to help empower men to navigate their journey in fatherhood All papas are welcome, whatever age your children. It is recommended to book, though drop ins are welcome, please email umepapas@umeusfoundation.org Facilitated by Scott Drummond and Rufus Jordan  
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UMEnourish: Nourishment for Emergence and Winter Wellness

Join UMEUS and Suki Sabine for this nourishment for emergency session. Exploring the importance of nourishment when it comes to winter immunity as well as exercise, gut and brain health, stress, relaxation, sleep and energy. Suki will be exploring foods and recipes to support you over the winter months, held at our new foundation space at Cambridge Grove for soup, sharing recipes and Suki’s tips for Winter Immunity.
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UMEnourish Herbal Medicine Clinic

Julia Behrens holds her Herbal Medicine Clinic on Thursdays at our Foundation Space in Cambridge Grove Hove. Herbal medicine is both an ancient art and a modern science, and is the most widely practised medicine worldwide. According to the WHO, herbal medicine is the primary form of health care for 80% of the planet. In the past, our ancestors discovered the healing power of medicinal plants by trial and error. Nowadays, a more scientific approach is taken in understanding the...
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UMEmamas – Meeting Motherhood

UMEmamas is a facilitated therapeutic support group. For women with children of all ages, in any family configuration. Meeting weekly our mamas has discussed birth stories, ageing (mother and child), loss, transitions to nursery/school, breastfeeding, relationships, sleep, grandparents, illness, partners, environment, nutrition, touch, anxiety, identity, intimacy….the list goes on. UMEmamas is held by Sam McCarthy, Emma White and Ella de Roeck and they try to explore what really matters to women, and what it is to be a mother at...

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