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Exploring Life & Business with Lindsay Rothschild of Roots to Rise

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lindsay Rothschild.

Lindsay, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I always say that you do not choose to be a social worker, but rather, the path chooses you. I grew up in Maryland in a loving, but chaotic home and experienced a myriad of toxic stressors and adversity at a young age.  Despite the chaos, I had a propensity for seeing the beauty in others and was easily able to cultivate empathy and compassion – a gift passed down from my mother.

Although I had an innate ability to see the value in all beings, I often struggled to find love and acceptance for myself. As a young adult, I engaged in harmful behaviors in an attempt to numb the pain of believing I was unlovable.  At 18 years old, I set off on an adventure to Arizona in hopes of leaving the past behind. It was a difficult transition and I lacked the tools needed to heal on my own.  After countless failed attempts to mitigate my childhood pain through addictive and destructive behaviors, I hit a near fatal rock bottom in 2010.  This humbling experience afforded me the gift of desperation and opened my heart to a new path. I found solace and acceptance in a recovery community and began my journey of healing after a 15-year battle with addiction and self-harm. 

I went on to complete my Master’s Degree in Social Work at Arizona State University with the desire to help others heal from childhood trauma and adversity. Early in my career, I worked as a therapist in a psychiatric hospital which set the foundation for much of my work today.  I received my clinical social work license and spent over a decade gaining practical experience in the field of behavioral health. My role as the Intake Director for Arizona’s largest free-standing psychiatric hospital system afforded me substantial experience serving those with mental health and substance abuse challenges.  

Through my extensive work in an acute care setting, I came to understand the complex impact of trauma on the mind, body and soul. My passion for treating the whole person and my own painful past led me into a deep-dive exploration of holistic practices including movement, breath, meditation, mindfulness and nutrition. I studied Holistic Nutrition at the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts in 2018 and went on to study Trauma Informed Yoga at the Trauma-Conscious Yoga Institute in Austin. In 2020, I completed my 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training with the hope of teaching trauma-informed yoga to other clinicians, healers, and mental health professionals. 

There have been countless gifts in my career thus far. I have been fortunate enough to facilitate trainings for educators, healers and mental health professionals in an effort to promote awareness around Trauma Informed Care and the effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).  I founded Roots to Rise, PLLC in 2019 to expand my efforts in the trauma informed mission, providing somatic psychotherapy, coaching, supervision and trauma-informed yoga services to those in need. I have also partnered with The Arizona Trauma Institute in Mesa, Arizona to offer trauma-informed trainings on topics such as addiction, yoga and shame. 

I am incredibly grateful for the beautiful teachers, mentors and healers who have given me the tools to do this work.  I feel blessed to have friends and family that continued to believe in me even in my darkest hour.  I now understand that serving others requires a lifelong commitment to my own growth and expansion.  

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
There have definitely been some challenges along the way that helped me grow as a clinician. When I began my career, much of what I had learned about therapy in school was centered around top-down (cognitive-based) interventions for healing.  I was often ineffective working with clients who had toxic stress, adversity or trauma using only a top-down or “talk therapy” approach.  This quickly led to burnout and compassion fatigue.  I realized that I needed additional training to work as a trauma specialist.

I sought out trainings and modalities that focused more on bottom-up (body-based) approaches to healing and learned how to help others create a mind-body connection through awareness and self-regulation. I learned to honor relationships over efficiency and recognize each individual as unique with their own inner healing intelligence. During this time, I also came to know that being effective as a healer meant prioritizing the health of my own mind, body and spirit before serving others.  Today, I get to witness courage and resilience on a daily basis.  It is an absolute honor and privilege.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
Roots to Rise PPLC in Arizona offers trauma-informed yoga therapy and somatic psychotherapy to adults and adolescents looking to navigate mental health and substance use challenges in a safe environment. Roots to Rise utilizes a combination of body-based interventions with traditional psychotherapy tools to address both the psychological and physiological needs of each individual, creating a more effective, holistic approach to healing. Roots to Rise seeks to provide survivors with a supportive space to reclaim their bodies, empower their own healing and embark on a journey of trauma resolution.

In addition to trauma-informed yoga and somatic psychotherapy, Roots to Rise also offers supervision, trauma informed coaching and exclusive trainings at The Arizona Trauma Institute.  Psychotherapy services are for those navigating depression, anxiety, addiction, trauma, anger, grief, life transitions, relationship discord, low self-esteem/appraisal, loss of joy or connection to self, and/or PTSD.  Services are currently available via telehealth and in person.

What sort of changes are you expecting over the next 5-10 years?
In the next 5-10 years, I see an exciting opportunity for the psychedelic-assisted therapy movement to positively impact the mental health field. A vast community of healers around the world are working tirelessly to develop evidence-based practices and protocols for the best use of these tools in a safe, therapeutic setting.  Thanks to the dedication of these individuals, I expect that we will see psychedelic-assisted therapy become more accessible to those in need.  I believe psychedelic-assisted therapy and integration will be extremely beneficial in helping individuals recover from PTSD, depression, addiction and other challenges. I am looking forward to seeing these efforts continue to unfold and grateful to the indigenous healers that have paved the way. 

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