About Catherine Cook-Cottone



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As an introduction, my name is Catherine Cook-Cottone. I am on a journey through myresearch, service, teaching, and yoga to empower individuals to be self-regulated. I have studied and worked to discover the most effective way for individuals to become self-regulated. I have found that for many, this means that self-regulation must be embodied and it must be a practice.

What does it mean to experience embodied self-regulation?

To embody self-regulation means you are in your own power and are creating the life you want while you pursuing your goals. It means that you have found an effective way to physically experience your body and your health and that you do not engage in self-destructive behaviors such as substance abuse and eating disordered behaviors. It means that you feel the way you want to feel each day and that you know exactly how to cultivate these feelings. It means that you know what you want and you have a plan and daily practices that will get you there. It means you have caring relationships that are based on mutual support, encouragement, and love. Finally, it means that you engage in daily practices of self-care.

That is embodied self-regulation. It is available to YOU!

On this page, you can find links to each of the resources I have available across my areas of expertise. I work at the University at Buffalo as an Associate Professor in the Department of Counseling, School, and Educational Psychology (CSEP), am a partner at Snyder Psychological Services write a blog (the yoga bag), am president and founder of Yogis in Service, Inc (www.yogisinservice.org), and teach yoga at Power Yoga Buffalo.

Catherine’s Academic Bio:

Associate Professor, Counseling, School, and Educational Psychology
Licensed Psychologist/Certified School Psychologist
Certified and Registered Yoga Instructor

Address: 424 Baldy Hall

Phone: 716-645-1128
Fax:  716-645-6616

Areas of Research Interest

Embodied Self-Regulation and Self-Care, Eating Disorders, Yoga and Mindfulness, Psychosocial Disorders

Areas of Teaching Interest

Mindfulness and Yoga for Health and Healing, Counseling with Children and Adolescents, Eating Disorders/Psychosocial Disorders, Embodied Self-Regulation

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Counseling/School Psychology, APA Accredited, University at Buffalo, 1997
  • M.S., School Psychology, State University of New York at Oswego, 1993
  • B.S., Pre-professional Psychology, Utica College of Syracuse University, 1989

Licensure and Certification

  • Certified School Psychologist
  • New York State Licensed Psychologist
  • Certified and Registered Yoga Instructor

Current Courses

  • CEP 644 – Counseling with Children and Adolescents
  • CEP 689- Yoga for Health and Healing
  • CEP 611- The Mindful Therapist
  • CEP 624- Eating Disorders: Prevention and Treatment
  • CEP 672 – History and Systems in Psychology

Bio Narrative 

Catherine Cook-Cottone, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist, Registered Yoga Teacher, and Associate Professor at SUNY at Buffalo is a researcher specializing in psychosocial disorders and teaches classes in counseling with children and adolescents, mindful therapy, and yoga for health and healing.


She maintains a private practice specializing in the assessment and treatment of: anxiety-based disorders (e.g., PTSD and Generalized Anxiety Disorder), eating disorders (including other disorders of self-care), and development of emotional regulation skills.

Catherine is available for (a) mentoring, (b) workshops (e.g., Bringing Yoga to Your School, Eating Disorder Prevention [Girls Growing in Wellness and Balance Curriculum], Creating Life Changing Goals [Staff Development], Yoga and Body Acceptance), and (c) speaking engagements. See contact information below to inquire about dates and fees.

 Catherine’s Yoga Bio

Long before I took my first yoga class, I loved the idea of yoga- the integration of body and mind in service of the soul. What is not to love about that? Yet, much like my relationship with ballet, yoga was for those with flexibility and grace. It was, most certainty, not for me. Despite my certitude, a good friend dragged me to a yoga class over 12 years ago. I was afraid of being embarrassed, falling, and being the only one in the room who could not reach her toes. I went anyway. As the class ended, I was lying in savasana with an amazing sense of what I can only call a big-hearted feeling of love and happiness. You see, yoga was for me and my tight hamstrings. It turns out that you don’t need to be perfectly graceful and flexible. You just need to be. And so, this is why I teach. I want to show you the way to that big-hearted love and happiness. And maybe somewhere along the way, your hamstrings will let go a little bit and you will find your toes.

I believe the greatest teachers are always students. I love learning and I love going to school!

Yoga Certifications

1. The Himalayan Institute at  http://www.himalayaninstitute.org
2. Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga at http://www.baronbaptiste.com

I am a registered Yoga teacher at Yoga Alliance see http://www.yogaalliance.org


I teach at Power Yoga Buffalo- click link below for schedule http://poweryogabuffalo.com/

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