My Story

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Therapeutic Behavioral Mediator

Thea Bourke Martin, JD E-YRT

I was a stressed out attorney, completely disconnected from my body, stuck in my head. I had followed culture's rules for success, and I still wasn't fulfilled. It was as if every time I turned around, I faced another hardship. As if the Universe was against me. I had lost my way.

 

Finding my authentic self.

 

Luckily, I found yoga and mindfulness. As mindfulness began to change my life, I looked for opportunities to practice it on and off the yoga mat. I saw that Divorce Mediation and Alternative Conflict Resolution were expressions of yoga and mindfulness in the legal world. I got myself out of the courtroom and started to use my law degree and mindfulness to help families in crisis as a Mediator.

To help the family we have to support the individual. When we support the individual we help the family.

 

Soon, I saw that helping families necessarily meant helping individuals. I began to see limiting behavioral patterns in individuals that were getting in the way of their happiness. Happiness at home, at work, in relationships. They were smart, healthy individuals, with big hearts - but they just couldn't get out of their own way. Using mindfulness, conflict resolution skills, and my life coach training, I developed a model that helps clients dissolve the beliefs and patterns that are holding them back. 

Now I help others find internal and interpersonal alignment. 

If you are interested in learning more contact me. 

If you are in couples therapy and need extra individual support have your therapist contact me.  

Certifications and Trainings

Trainings

I am a trained life Coach, Mediator and Yoga Alliance certified Yoga Teacher. Trained in the lineage of Parayoga, I have had the honor to study advanced yoga teaching with Judith Hansen Lasater, Transformational Workshops at Kripalu, and become certified in Restorative Yoga with Cindi Lee. Working with these world-renowned yogis has helped me refine my teaching skills and tap into the wisdom of yoga and transformational leadership. I am happy to share the wisdom of my teachers with you!

Professional Affiliations

Connecticut Council for Non-Adversarial Divorce, Trustee
Divorce Solutions of Connecticut
Collaborative Divorce Professionals of Fairfield County
International Association of Collaborative Professionals
Academy of Professional Family Mediators
National Association for Community Mediation
Connecticut Bar Association, Family Law Committee
New Haven County Bar Association, Family Law Committee

Pro Bono Service

Statewide Legal Services
Volunteer Family Law Attorney
Community Mediation, Inc
Trainer and Mediator
Women & Family Life Center
Board of Trustees
Connecticut Women's Education & Legal Fund
Cooperating Attorney

Highlighted Speaking Engagements & Workshops 

Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, Love Your Body, Feed Your Soul
International Association of Collaborative Professionals, International Conference
American Academy of Divorce Mediators, National Conference