Tracy Ochester, PsyD, RYT 200 is a licensed psychologist in Missouri and Kansas, Certified Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) Teacher, and Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT). She is the Heart-Mind Coordinator for the Midwest Alliance for Mindfulness. Mindfulness practices, including yoga & meditation, are an important part of Dr. Ochester’s work and personal life. In addition to her devoted personal practice, she has pursued extensive training in teaching mindfulness practices to others, such as:
- Certified MBCT Teacher Status from the UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness, Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute including intensive foundational and advanced teacher training in MBCT through the UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness, a program of the UC San Diego Center for Integrative Medicine and Department of Psychiatry and MBCT mentoring by senior faculty from the Centre for Mindfulness Studies.
- 200 hours of general Hatha yoga teacher training (RYT-200) via Emily Darling and Christy Burnette at Darling Yoga
- 40 hour Ashtanga Teacher Training certificate through Kathleen Kastner at Maya Yoga
- 18 hour Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Internship under Lisa Ash at Maya Yoga
- 14 hour Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher Training with Street Yoga
- 24 hour Ashtanga Yoga for Addictions Training with the Trini Foundation
- Completed courses in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Mindful Self-Compassion. She co-teaches MSC in conjunction with Self Compassion KC.
Dr. Ochester received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Wright State University School of Professional Psychology’s APA approved Psy.D. program and her masters of science degree in clinical psychology from Eastern Kentucky University. She manages an independent psychology practice (Ochester Psychological Services, LLC), occasionally teaches at the university level and supervises aspiring psychologists, and manages a mental health and wellness resource list for the Kansas City Metro. She also provides consultation services, workshops and classes to the community. Read Dr. Ochester’s Mind-Body Vita for more information about her mindfulness training, experience and interests.
Compassion is the common thread that binds Dr. Ochester’s personal practice and professional work, understanding that we are best able to alleviate the suffering of others when we attend to our own.
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Mindfulness is about being fully awake in our lives. It is about perceiving the exquisite vividness of each moment. We also gain immediate access to our own powerful inner resources for insight, transformation, and healing. – Jon Kabat-Zinn