Holistic Coaching


This unique style of health coaching differs from others as it focuses on psychological and emotional wellness in addition to physical wellness, allowing for holistic wellness. Ultimately, when we are feeling good psychologically, our bodies are less prone to illness and heal much faster if an illness has already occurred. In our work together, we will work together to achieve psychological, emotional, and physical health through the use of the most recent evidence-based skills and strategies. I have received training in the following areas:

  • The biopsychosocial model of care
  • Cognitive behavioral coaching strategies for reducing depression
  • Rational-emotive coaching for reducing anxiety
  • Helping clients work through the stages of grief and loss
  • Stress and Coping
  • MBSR (Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction)
  • The mind-body effects of trauma
  • Chronic Pain and Illness:  The mind-body connection
  • Advocacy


The short answer—it depends. Our session will always include talking, but may also incorporate guided movement and/or breath, guided meditation and/or visualization, journaling, and many other techniques depending on your wants, needs, and interests.


  1. I’ve been there: I’ve struggled with anxiety and depression, so I understand what you’re going through. I’m here to meet you were you are.
  2. Experience/certification:I am certified as an Integrative Health Coach through the Nickerson Institute, which specializes in a holistic approach to mental healthcare. I have a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in recreation therapy from UTK. I have read extensively about holistic health and am aware of the latest research on holistic mental health. I am also a certified and registered yoga teacher with nearly 1,000 hours of teaching under my belt, and am working toward certification as a yoga therapist.
  3. Individualized Attention: I offer individualized attention to each person I work with. I do extensive research for each client, and allow myself time each day to further my knowledge in the areas of natural treatments. Each person is important to me, and because there is no cookie-cutter approach, I leave extra time to attend to each person’s individual needs. If you are my client, your health and well-being are of primary importance to me.
  4. A Balanced Approach:Because everyone is different, no two people will have exactly the same needs. You may be interested in movement therapies, breathing practices, or meditation guidance, while another person wants to focus on cognitive-behavioral work. I am well versed in many methods that may suit your needs. If one doesn’t work, we can try others. It is important to me that we find what works best for you.
  5. Practical Suggestions:I want you to feel empowered. We will work together to created attainable action steps that you can experiment with to see how they make you feel. If something isn’t a good fit, then we try something else. The important part is to keep trying until we find solutions that work for you.

Amberly Kelley-Dotson, MS, RYT, C-IHC

After struggling to reconnect with her body and battling extreme anxiety in her young adulthood, Amberly eventually discovered the incredible combination of yoga and coaching. Through coaching, she was able to reframe her thought patterns and through private therapeutic yoga sessions, she was able to address maladaptive movement patterns and release trauma that was stuck in her body.

The immense healing she experienced inspired her to pursue training in these areas.  She has been teaching yoga since 2016 and has continued her study and education by attending multiple therapeutic and trauma-informed trainings. She is currently pursuing her 500-hour training through the American Viniyoga Institute, with hopes of becoming a certified yoga therapist. In 2019, she enrolled in an Integrative Health Coaching program, and recently graduated from the Nickerson Institute, which specializes in a holistic approach to wellbeing and mental health.  She is passionate about inclusivity and accessibility and is always learning and growing.  Amberly views the body and mind as part of a holistic system, and addresses it as such in both her yoga and coaching practices.

In her spare time, she loves to be in her kitchen experimenting with new dishes, curled up with her sweet kitties reading a book, and enjoying nature with her wife.

Connect with Amberly via email: amberlyyogaandwellness@gmail.com or call the studio at (865) 888-5342.