Michelle Thielen, Pastoral Counselor in Washington

Michelle Thielen, Certified Yoga Therapist

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I am a Christian Yoga Therapist, R-CYATH, who is dedicated to the healing of traffick survivors and those who suffer from illness, trauma, grief, and depression. My second book Exit Wilderness, A Roadmap Out of Depression and Hopelessness can help you get unstuck from depression and other ailments.

Founder of YogaFaith and Christian Yoga Association

Called the Yoga Pastor, Michelle Thielen, yoga therapist, is a speaker, author of Stretching Your Faith, Exit Wilderness A Roadmap Out of Depression and Hopelessness, and a traveling yogi who has been teaching somatic movement through dance and yoga for over 20 years.

As a Trauma Sensitive Yoga Therapist and meditation expert, Michelle has been instrumental in aiding with the restoration of those who suffer from trauma, intense anxiety, or depression into healing and freedom. She travels around the world aiding in the rescue efforts of human traffic victims as well as raising awareness about the epidemic. She holds certifications with the American Council of Exercise, is a Certified Yoga Therapist, and founded the Christian Yoga Association in 2018, to build a bridge between faith-based yoga practitioners and educators. She has 3 200-hour Certifications, 3 500-hour Certifications, Group Fitness, Personal Trainer, (GF ACE), and a Minister through Christian Global Outreach Ministries. Michelle has been the lead trainer of over 200 Teacher Training.

Specialties & Clinical Interests

  • ADHD
  • Alzheimer's & Dementia
  • Anxiety
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Depression
  • Divorce & Separation
  • Domestic Abuse/Violence
  • Eating Disorders
  • Family Conflict
  • Fertility, Pregnancy & Postpartum
  • Grief & Loss
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Life Coaching
  • Neuropsychological Issues
  • Nutrition
  • Obesity & Weight Management
  • Pre-Marital & Marital Issues
  • Race-Based Traumatic Stress (RBTS)
  • Self-Esteem
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Spirituality
  • Sports Performance
  • Stress/Stress Management
  • Substance Use Disorders
  • Suicidality
  • Suicide Loss
  • Trauma & Ptsd
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Violence
  • Women's Issues

Therapy Types

  • Art Therapy
  • Client-Centered Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Complementary Or Alternative Medicine
  • Dance Or Movement Therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Music Therapy
  • Play Therapy & Sandtray
  • Somatic Therapy
  • Trauma-Informed Therapy
  • Yoga Therapy

Community Specialties

  • 12-Step Programs
  • Biracial
  • Black
  • Blind And/Or Visually Impaired
  • Cancer Survivors
  • Health At Every Size (HAES)
  • Military Families
  • People With Disabilities
  • Trauma Survivors
  • Veterans

Faith Based Specialties

  • Christianity

Fees & Insurance

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Cash, Check, Health Savings Account (HSA), Paypal, Venmo, Credit Card, American Express, Discover, Mastercard, Visa

Licenses & Certifications

Years in Practice
License #
Pastoral Counselor
Professional Certification(s)
Certified Yoga Therapist
Professional Association(s)
Membership Type
Christian Yoga Association
Registered CYA Therapist
International Association of Yoga Therapist
Yoga Therapist
Graduate School(s)
Year Graduated
Bassist College of Architecture
BS in Architecture and Design