Meet the Practitioner

I’m Kate Hartman, artist, healer, musician, neuro-atypical person, and imperfect human: the practitioner behind Rooted Bliss LLC. Welcome, I’m glad you’re here! This page describes a little about me and my background.

I love helping others achieve wellness because of the compassionate healing I have received. I know vitality exists on the other side of struggle and pain, because I’ve been there! My journey to becoming a practitioner started in 2014 when I was attacked by a stranger. I feared for my life, and though the physical injuries healed within weeks, for months afterward I was unable to leave the house or go about my normal daily activities.

I had all the symptoms of PTSD: feeling helpless and disconnected, frozen and distracted, with bursts of intense flashbacks and waves of uncontrollable emotion. I had sleep disturbances, noise sensitivity and even panic attacks. I tried trauma-oriented talk therapy, and although I liked my therapist, the process of trying to talk about what happened actually made my symptoms worse. I began searching for alternative healing methods, and that’s when I discovered somatic work.

My first somatic session as a client was a revelation to me. I didn’t have to talk about the story of what happened. Instead, we focused gently on body sensations arising in the moment. The practitioner offered gentle, over-the-clothes touch to help my body feel safe again. After only one session, I felt like a Human Being for the first time in months! After only 15 sessions, I felt better than I had before the attack happened. Somatic healing gave me my life back, and completely resolved all my PTSD symptoms as well as other symptoms that had plagued me for years.

I knew then I had to pay it forward and share this work with the world. I soon began training to become a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP) and Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT). With the ancient wisdom of yoga and the modern gifts of body-oriented, trauma-informed and neuroscience-backed modalities, I believe I can offer a well-rounded approach that brings mind and body together for lasting wellness.

In 2019, my husband and I moved from Colorado to Evansville, Indiana, and I opened my office here. I have continued to add to my training; read about my qualifications below. Click here to read more about each modality and see my mission statement.

Interested in working together? Contact me to set up a free consultation, or schedule an appointment.

My Training

  • C-IAYT Yoga Therapist; Completed certification 2019, in private practice since 2016. Member, International Association of Yoga Therapists
    • 200-hr Yoga Teacher Training through Holistic Yoga School
    • 300-hr Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Training through Phoenix Rising
    • 600-hr Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist certification
      • Levels I, II and III, 20 days
      • Supervised Practicum for 1-on-1 therapeutic sessions, 9mos
      • Yoga Philosophy, 5 days
      • Anatomy and Physiology for Yoga Therapists, 6 days
    • Additional IAYT courses through Phoenix Rising:
      • Group Facilitator Training, 8wks
      • Chakras and the Subtle Body, 9wks
      • Introduction to Ayurveda, 13wks
      • Additional Mentoring for Yoga Teachers, 3mo. supervised practicum
      • Yoga for Arthritis with Steffany Moonaz PhD, 5 days
  • Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, completed certificate 2019
    • 250+ hours including 18+ consultation hours
    • Faculty: Linda Stelte, Joshua Sylvae PhD, Raja Selvam PhD, Dave Berger and Lael Keen
    • Additional consultations completed with Peter Levine PhD, Twig Wheeler, Ana Do Valle
  • Compassionate Inquiry with Gabor Mate PhD and Sat Dharam Kaur, 1 year, 2019-2020
    • Completed training & part of supervised practicum
  • Touch trainings:
    • Reiki Level I and II, 2 days, 2014
    • Seido Bio-Energy Therapeutics Level I, 5 days, 2013
    • Introduction to SourcePoint workshop, 2hrs, 2016

.Further Education

  • Additional yoga courses:
    • Nectar of Nidra with Kaya Mindlin C-IAYT, 8 weeks, 2021
    • Illuminating Karma with Kaya Mindlin C-IAYT, 2 weeks, 2021
    • Chakras Illuminated: An Investigation into the Original Function of the Chakra Systems of Tantrik Yoga, 4 weeks with Christopher Wallace, 2021
    • Practicing In the Curve: Community Conversations with Molly Lannon Kenny (ongoing) 2020-2021
  • Advanced Somatic Experiencing courses:
    • Yoga and Psyche with Marianna Caplan PhD, 3 days 2017
    • Advanced practitioner Integration with Kathy Kain PhD, Maggie Phillips PhD and Caryn Scotto D’Luzia, 2 days, 2016
      • The Neurophysiology of Early Trauma
      • Repairing Early Trauma by Working with Fragmentation
      • Neurobiology of Shame and Somatic Shame Resolution
  • Other courses:
    • Healing Cycles of Harm with Rosa Cabrera, Tony Olivier and Sage Hayes, 8 weeks, 2020
    • IFS Immersion: Integrating Internal Family Systems Across Clinical Applications, 21 hours, 2021
    • Animist Psychology with Daniel Foor (Ancestral Medicine), 8 weeks, 2020
    • Before we were white: Ancestral recovery for collective liberation, 6 weeks, 2020
    • Certified Graphoanalyst through IGAS, 1 year, 2009
    • Safe and Sound Protocol Provider Training, 5 hours, 2021