COUNSELING (PSYCHOTHERAPY): Lily Dawson, MS, S-MFT is a wildly compassionate therapist who received her training from Friends University and employs lots of empathy and validation with all her clients. She offers a tailored therapeutic experience to each client’s needs. Meeting the client where they are comfortable is her number one goal. Lily is trained in numerous modalities to treat a broad spectrum of presenting concerns including anxiety, depression, complex trauma, disordered eating, addiction, perfecting tendencies, relationship issues, trauma, mood disorders, personality disorders, loss and life changes. She uses an attachment-based lens to offer a compassionate, empathetic and validating perspective to her clients. She aims to challenge clients to grow in ways that they didn’t even know possible. Lily works to help people feel like they have a space to be heard, be messy, experience felt-safety and connection. She balances this compassion with challenge. As a therapist, Lily is aggressive, focusing on boundaries, growth and progress with all her clients.

MEDITATION: Lily was drawn to yoga for exercise but then stayed with the practice for the spiritual and meditative effects. Lily obtained her YTT-200HR Certification in 2017 with Liz Klug in Columbia, Missouri where she was introduced to mantra practice through Kirtan. Lily focuses on seasonal chants and meditations that are relevant to the given time of year, astrological moment or topical going-on. She believes that meditation and mantra work are important additions to the physical asana practice and it brings connection to the whole self and humanity.  She knows life operates most optimally when the light and the dark are in balance to one another.

Off the cushion Lily works as a jewelry maker and is a member of the all-female artist collective, the Cherry Pit Collective.