Vanessa Schmautz, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker. She received her master’s degree from the University of Denver and a bachelor’s in social work from the University of Portland. Vanessa trained with Hospice Care of the Northwest and at Denver Health’s Oncology clinic. She’s worked as a hospice social worker in the Denver metro area and, as a psychotherapist in private practice, has incorporated yoga to support grieving individuals. Vanessa has found entering spaces of loss with individuals to be sacred work.
Vanessa practices a person-centered approach that holds to the belief that a therapeutic relationship can provide a better understanding of self and support positive self-change. Vanessa believes the therapeutic relationship is one that can heal. As a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT500), Vanessa incorporates elements of yoga into therapy when appropriate. Yoga, whether through movement, breath, or mindfulness, has the power to help regulate the nervous system to support one’s grieving process. Somatic experiencing and yoga therapy, both rooted in the understanding that the body too holds our emotions and memories, may be employed.
Grief can be lonely and isolating. Your work with Vanessa will help to dismantle the loneliness and support you in slowing down and being present during this time of loss. Vanessa values the importance of creating a safe space where your grief can both be seen and explored.
Vanessa enjoys nature, travel, teaching and practicing yoga, lifting weights, and live music. Vanessa loves spending time with family and friends over a delicious meal.