Elizabeth Sherman, MOT, OTR/L, TCTSY-F, RYT-200 Elizabeth is a licensed occupational therapist (MOT, OTR/L), Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga Facilitator (TCTSY-F), certified yoga instructor (RYT-200) and owner of Heart of Gold, Pittsburgh Therapy Project LLC. She is a tr...
Elizabeth Sherman, MOT, OTR/L, TCTSY-F, RYT-200
Elizabeth is a licensed occupational therapist (MOT, OTR/L), Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga Facilitator (TCTSY-F), certified yoga instructor (RYT-200) and owner of Heart of Gold, Pittsburgh Therapy Project LLC. She is a trauma-sensitive occupational therapist who specializes in the D.I.R./Floortime model & sensory integration approaches to support families of children with emotional-regulation disorders, autism, sensory-processing disorders, dyspraxia, and other learning & behavioral disorders. In addition, she facilitates Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) with individuals of all ages as an adjunctive, evidence-based practice to support the healing process of complex post-traumatic stress symptoms.
Elizabeth received a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science at West Chester University and graduated with Honors in 2014. She received her master’s in occupational therapy (MOT) degree from Chatham University in 2016. She has experience practicing in early intervention, school-based settings, and specialty pediatric outpatient clinics. She completed her 200-hr yoga teacher training certification with Alison Donley, E-RYT-500, at West Chester University. She went on to study trauma sensitive yoga with Arts Holding Hands & Hearts, Transformation Yoga Project, and eventually the Justice Resource Institute’s Center for Trauma & Embodiment, becoming one of the only occupational therapists in the United States to earn certification in Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) facilitation. In addition, Elizabeth is a writer and creator of the blog A Travel OT & Her Dog detailing her experience traveling the country as an occupational therapist working temporary assignments.
Elizabeth’s career path to-date has been intentionally-focused on awareness of individual and systemic trauma, open and authentic therapeutic relationships, and anti-oppressive practice development. She envisions radical potential and possibility for all. Heart of Gold, Pittsburgh Therapy Project LLC is the culmination of a journey of discovery and purpose, which she is incredibly humbled and grateful to offer as one of Pittsburgh’s first trauma-sensitive occupational therapy clinics.
Elizabeth regularly pursues reflective clinical supervision in TCTSY, D.I.R./Floortime, and sensory integration techniques in addition to ongoing study of community-based practices, trauma-sensitivity and recovery. She speaks regularly as a guest lecturer and advocate at the graduate level on trauma-informed occupational therapy practice. She received the Chatham University Alumni Award in December 2016 in recognition of her commitment to supporting Chatham’s occupational therapy program and the greater occupational therapy community. When she is not practicing, Elizabeth spends her time with her dog Hunny exploring their favorite Pittsburgh parks & neighborhoods or cozied-up together under a blanket with a cup of tea.