Practical Balance

Chakra Therapy & Emotional Energy Coaching

Qualifications, Education, & Experience

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My Approach

I specialize in helping women understand how patterns of behavior and energy work in their lives and teach them practical solutions for shifting energy and improving their health.  

Formal Education

Saybrook University - Ph.D.: Psychology with Creativity Studies Certification 
Expected Graduation in 2019
Dissertation Research Topic: Creativity & Healing in Nursing 

Goddard - MA: Health Arts & Sciences
Thesis: A Root-to-Crown Approach to Nursing Leadership 

Baker College - ADN: Nursing
(Registered Nurse)

Western Michigan University - MA: Counseling

Spring Arbor University - BA: Management and Organizational Development


ADDITIONAL TRAINING & EDUCATION


  • Expressive Therapies Symposium  
  • Facilitating Healing Drum Circles
  • Center for Mind-Body Medicine Professional Training  
  • Chakradance (Facilitator Certification) 
  • Healing Touch 
  • Case to Care Training 
  • ​Miracles Manifest 
  • Motivational Interviewing Massage Therapy (Certification)

Publications

Chakra Exploration: Guided Journal (2017)


Integrated Mental Health Treatment Planning  (2015)

Health Education Groups/Seminars Facilitated

  • Moving Meditation
  • Chakradance
  • Journaling through the Chakras
  • Creatively Nourished
  • Women's Anxiety Relief Group
  • Root-to-Crown Depression Management
  • Creative Healing

Professional Work Experience

Team Wellness Center (formerly Team Mental Health Services) –  Michigan

  • Executive Director: 2013 – Current
  • Director of Integrated Health: 2012-2013
  • Director of Program Development: 2008-2012
  • Quality Improvement Specialist: 2006-2012
  • Residential Program Director: 2002-2006
  • Direct Care Manager: 2001​


Holistic Massage Therapy

  • Owner & Massage Therapist: 2007-2012

Professional Presentations/Workshops/Seminars Facilitated

  • Tarot Imagery for Health Healing and Change - American Holistic Nurse's Association (June, 2019)
  • Creative Energy in Healthcare - American Holistic Nurse's Association - National Conference (June, 2018)
  • Holistic Opportunities in Behavioral Healthcare - American Holistic Nurse's Association - National Conference (June, 2018)
  • Movement, Meditation, and Health - American Holistic Nurse's Association - National Conference (June, 2018)
  • Integrated Behavioral Health in Action: UofM - School of Social Work (October, 2017)
  • Holistic Care in Behavioral Health: American Holistic Nurse’s Association – National Conference (June, 2017)
  • Expressive Arts for Nurse Self-Care - PreConference Workshop: American Holistic Nurse’s Association – National Conference (June, 2017)  
  • Movement, Meditation, Smoking Cessation: SUD School (May, 2017)
  • Holistic Care in Behavioral Health: UofM – School of Social Work (November, 2016)
  • Holistic Care in Behavioral Health: Innovations in Behavioral Health Conference (September, 2016)
  • Chakra-Inspired Nursing Leadership: American Holistic Nurse’s Association – National Conference (June, 2016)
  • Self-Care Gifts for your Energy: Team Wellness Center – Caregivers Conference (December, 2015)
  • Creativity and Health: Team Wellness Center – Caregivers Conference (June, 2015)