I'm an author, speaker, researcher and yoga teacher who helps people create a life they love. I offer tools, techniques and resources that promote wellness on all levels: mind, body and spirit. I serve as a catalyst for positive change and a guide on your path toward living in authenticity.
In a nutshell, I spent the first 26 years of my life in a perpetual state of anxiety, stress and sadness. I had a rocky childhood. I suffered from anxiety and depression in my early 20s. I took antidepressants for 6 years. I’ve been through my fair share of dysfunctional relationships. And I’ve done time in a soul-sucking cubicle.
I worked myself to the bone and I achieved a lot, but I always had an underlying sense of unease. I struggled to find a sense of calm and peace, but this happiness always seemed to allude me.
After hitting rock bottom several times, I realized that I needed to make a change.
My Struggle With Antidepressants...
With a lot of hard work, courage and determination, I stopped living my life on other people’s terms. I eventually got off antidepressants. I quit my corporate job. I started making my health and well-being my #1 priority.
One step at a time, I’m creating my most authentic life. And I've made it my mission to help others do the same.
I truly believe that happiness is our birthright. We’re all meant to live a life we love, but we forget. We get bogged down by daily tasks and “shoulds.” We do what society tells us to do because we think this will make other people happy.
Many of us feel stressed, burnt out, apathetic and helpless. We feel like we can’t do anything to change our situation. In fact, we’re scared to change. So we keep going to the same energy-draining job every day, we stay in a dysfunctional relationship, we end up totally stressed, sad, and possibly on medication.
We search for the answers outside of ourselves when the truth is always within.
In my role as a change agent for authenticity, I encourage you to live life like you mean it. I help you bust through fears and limiting beliefs. I teach you how to be well on all levels, mental, physical and spiritual - one step at a time.
All of the products and services that I offer, from my writing, lectures and research projects to my yoga classes for anxiety and stress, are geared toward making the world a better place by nourishing and honoring our true self.
How Yoga Has Enriched My Life...
Today, I fill my days doing what I love: writing, speaking, research and yoga. I'm a postdoctoral research fellow at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, where I direct research for the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health's Institute for Extraordinary Living Yoga in the Schools program, which evaluates yoga for child and adolescent mental health. I have ample time to spend with my husband and my neurotic cat. I drink green smoothies for breakfast and I read inspiring books. I traded my cubicle for a home office. I go for walks in nature and I pick blueberries at 2pm on a Wednesday if I feel like it.
Is every day perfect? Far from it. But I’m exponentially happier than I used to be.
I’d love to serve as a guide on the path toward your most authentic life. Join my whole-self health revolution by signing up for my , following me on Facebook, and learning more about the tools and services that I offer.
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I received my Ph.D. in psychology in 2008 from the University of Western Ontario, Canada. My early research focused on anxiety and depression, which was, as you might imagine, somewhat depressing! So, after spending several years studying psychopathology, I changed my focus to positive psychology, which emphasizes the development of human strength and potential. My dissertation research on the psychology of romantic relationships garnered the Martin E. P. Seligman Award for Outstanding Dissertation Research in Positive Psychology.
After receiving my Ph.D., I originally planned on becoming a psychology professor. But the ivory tower lifestyle just didn't feel right for me. I wanted my work to be consumed by and have an impact on the general public. So I turned down a fully-funded postdoctoral research position to take a job in the private sector as a Research Analyst for a leading IT Research Firm.
After almost 2 years in the private sector, I realized that the 9 to 5 cubicle life wasn't for me either. So I made the bold (and scary!) decision to quit my job and launch my own business. I started out by writing my first book, , which chronicles my personal struggles with anxiety, depression and a dependence on antidepressant medication. I also share how I finally managed to get off the medication for good.
More About My Book...
I'm currently a postdoctoral research fellow at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, where I direct research for the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health's Institute for Extraordinary Living Yoga in the Schools program, which evaluates yoga for child and adolescent mental health.
I'm also a certified yoga teacher and I've completed over 200 hours of training in yoga postures, philosophy, breathing techniques, meditation, anatomy, and ayurveda. I've received life coaching training from the Coaches Training Institute (CTI), and I have my first degree Reiki certification.
In addition to my book, I've published professional papers in several leading psychological journals, including Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin and Personal Relationships. I've also won numerous national and international awards for my achievements.
To book me for a speaking engagement or media interview, please visit my Speaking Requests page.
Ph.D., Social Psychology (2008)
The University of Western Ontario.
M.A., Clinical Psychology (2004)
The University of Western Ontario.
B.A. Honors Psychology (2002)
The University of Guelph.
Certified Yoga Teacher (2008)
The Lotus Centre, London, Ontario
First Degree Reiki Certification (2009). With Tara Thomas, London, Ontario.
Fundamentals of Co-Active Coaching (2010). The Coaches Training Institute (CTI), Toronto, Ontario.
Introduction to Nonfiction Writing (2010). Continuing Studies at Western, London, Ontario.
Intermediate Nonfiction Writing (2010). Continuing Studies at Western, London, Ontario.
Introduction to Fiction Writing (2011). Continuing Studies at Western, London, Ontario.
Nominated for the Centre For Addiction & Mental Health Transforming Lives Award (2012).
Nominated for the Canadian Mental Health Association's Champion of Mental Health Award (2011).
The Martin E. P. Seligman Award for Outstanding Dissertation Research in Positive Psychology (2008).
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Postdoctoral Fellowship (2008-2010).
Society for Personality and Social Psychology Conference Travel Award (2007).
Doctoral Canadian Graduate Scholarship (CGS) (2004-2007).
Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2004-2005).
Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2003-2004).
Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2002-2003).
President’s Scholarship for Graduate Studies, University of Western Ontario (2002-2003).
Certificate of Academic Excellence, Canadian Psychological Association (2002) – Honors Thesis.
Psychology Honors Award, University of Guelph (2002).
President’s Scholarship, University of Guelph (2001).
Psychology Core Award, University of Guelph (2001).
President’s Scholarship, University of Guelph (2000).
Board of Governor’s Award, University of Guelph (1998-2002).
University Merit Award, University of Guelph (1998).
Khalsa, S. B. S., Butzer, B., Shorter, S. M., Reinhardt, K., & Cope, S. (2013). Yoga reduces performance anxiety in adolescent musicians. Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, 19, 34-45.
Butzer, B. (2012, Fall). Yoga as an alternative to antidepressants: Modern science meets ancient wisdom. Integral Yoga Magazine, 30-31.
Forchuk, C., Montgomery, P., Rudnick, A., Lahey, P., Cohen, B., Schofield, R., Perry, S. E., Coatsworth-Pupoky, R., Edwards, B., Butzer, B., & Meier, A. (2012). Poverty trajectories experienced by persons with mental illness. Manuscript submitted for publication.
Butzer, B. (2010). The Antidepressant Antidote: Five Steps to Get Off Antidepressants Safely and Effectively. Balboa Press.
Campbell, L., Butzer, B., & Wong, J. (2008). The importance of the organization of partner knowledge in understanding perceptions of relationship quality and conflict resolution behavior in married couples. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 34, 723-740.
Butzer, B., & Kuiper, N. A. (2008). Humor use in romantic relationships: The effects of relationship satisfaction and pleasant versus conflict situations. The Journal of Psychology: Interdisciplinary and Applied, 142, 245-260.
Butzer, B., & Campbell, L. (2008). Adult attachment, sexual satisfaction, and relationship satisfaction: A study of married couples. Personal Relationships, 15, 141-154.
Butzer, B., & Kuiper, N. A. (2006). Relationships between the frequency of social comparisons and self-concept clarity, intolerance of uncertainty, anxiety, and depression. Personality and Individual Differences, 41, 167-176.
Winston, A. S., Butzer, B., & Ferris, M. D. (2004). Constructing difference: Heredity, intelligence and race in textbooks, 1930-1970. In A. S. Winston (Ed.),Defining difference: race and racism in the history of psychology (p. 199-229). Washington: American Psychological Association.
Butzer, B., & Konstantareas, M. (2003). Depression, temperament and their relationship to other characteristics in children with Asperger’s Disorder. Journal on Developmental Disabilities, 10, 67-72.