Regina Trailweaver is a clinical social worker and certified yoga teacher. After completing her undergraduate degree at University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Regina worked in community, educational and vocational settings with children aged 0 – 18. In these roles, she provided services to children who were too traumatized to socialize and learn. These experiences inspired her to pursue social work as her vocation. She graduated from the University of Vermont with a Master’s Degree in Social Work in 1995 and became a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in 1998. Her first job was with Vermont Children’s Aid Society where she worked primarily with children in foster and adoptive families. During her time at VCAS, Regina had the privilege of studying attachment focused therapies with Daniel Hughes, a leader in the field of counseling children who have suffered from abuse, neglect, and disrupted attachment.
Next, Regina worked as a clinical social worker in a school based setting through Washington County Mental Health. Again, she encountered young people unavailable to learn and unable to trust due to the trauma of abuse, neglect, and disrupted attachments during the first five years of life. She continued in her training with Daniel Hughes and others, focusing and specializing most of her continuing education units on the effects of trauma and on treatments that have been shown to heal trauma.
At the same time, Regina was discovering the profoundly calming and grounding effects of yoga practice on her own trauma symptoms. As Daniel Hughes, Bessel Van der Kolk and other leaders in the field of treating trauma, began to introduce yoga and meditation techniques into treatment therapies, Regina also began to teach yoga and meditation to clients of all ages. Eventually, Regina became a certified yoga teacher through Kripalu and now introduces basic yoga precepts, principles, and practices to her clients.