Bethany Butzer phd-Preview

In her own words “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 e-newsletter, following me on Facebook, and learning more about the tools and services that I offer.

Top Photo by The Last Forty Percent Photography.

More About Me…
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.

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