So you know a bit about me...
I am a Licensed Health Care Practitioner who lives in the Central New York area, in the Town of Pompey, with my husband Michael. We have four grown children: Claire, Jesse, Zachary and Nolan; and two wonderful grandsons, Tyriq & Reese.
I have a Masters Degree in counseling and I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor; Certified Hypnotherapist, Certified Past Life Therapist, Credentialed Chemical Dependency Counselor; Credentialed Rehabilitation Counselor; & NADA Certified Acupuncture Detox Specialist (see article at bottom of page), NADA Certified Acupuncture Detox educator & Karuna and Usui Reiki Master Practitioner and Teacher. I am also an Adjunct Evaluator for Empire State College in Behavioral Science. I have worked for 30 years in the Mental Health and Chemical Dependency fields, most recently working at Crouse Hospital in Syracuse, New York as a Clinical and Program Supervisor in Chemical Dependency Treatment Services and as a volunteer Reiki Practitioner. Prior to 11 years of service at Crouse Hospital, I worked as a psychotherapist at Pelion, Inc. for 17 years providing mental health and chemical dependency treatment to dually diagnosed adults. I am now devoting myself to my private practice, Reiki Heart, as well as tending to the flowers at The Center For Happiness.
I treasure the mystical experiences I have had. I also have empathic, clairsentient, claircognizant and clairaudient abilities. Spiritually, the claircognizance that I experience is often more like a remembering of things I already knew. Other times, claircognizance and the other gifts present themselves usefully to me in my healing work with others. Professionally, I do not practice as a psychic, but instead use my gifts to guide me in healing work and my own spiritual development.
When I was young, I was very sure of what I believed in... that we are part of the Universe and that when we die we are still alive in the stars, the wind, the trees, the birds, other people - in everything of nature. This was something I simply knew to be true. I was born into a family that belonged to a church, but the teachings of our religion all too often seemed illogical to me. I didn't fit in, and I consciously chose the forest as my church. I was blessed with a mother that agreed with me on an important element of my spirituality - that God was Love and Love was God. My mother and I respected each others beliefs. She continued on through her life devoted to her Roman Catholic faith... I knew no one who thought as I did about spirituality, nor did I know enough to seek them out.
Some of my happiest moments were in nature - in solitude. One of my finest memories is of me alone, in our row boat on Tully Lake, rowing and being totally in the moment...feeling, seeing, breathing, hearing, smelling and knowing the perfect wonder of the water dripping from the oars back into the lake in a beautiful pattern. The rhythm of life in my breath, my body working, the water's flow, the wooden oars and the sound they made as they circled around, the sunshine rippling on the water, the air on my skin and my knowing this was pure happiness were my total and only focus. I look back now and know I was in complete oneness with the Universe as I rowed. I was indeed the one song that is our Universe.
After some turbulence in my teen years, I sought out a transcendental meditation teacher at the age of 19 and was given my mantra. This was one of the few things I chose during those years that was actually good for me! Another positive thing I chose was dance. In dance, I found that same serenity I had found in my row boat. While dancing I was in the moment entirely, and I was dancing to the one song that we all are. I was that song and that song was me. I was very happy when I was dancing. Transcendental Meditation was wonderful and helped me to be healthier, but it was not the "in the moment" powerful experience that dancing was for me.
I was attracted to dance and healing and decided to major in Psychology in college with a goal of becoming a dance therapist. I did do some work in this field during and after college, but then turned my attention to the more traditional talking therapies. I went on to earn a Masters Degree with a focus on developing my skills as a Psychotherapist. Through my career, I always chose to bring in approaches that were of the mind-body connection. I worked with patients who suffered with chronic pain using counseling, biofeedback, meditative techniques and cognitive behavior therapy (CBT). In addiction treatment I used acupuncture detox treatments, meditation, mindful living skills, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (which is a CBT that brings the additional elements of Zen thinking - particularly the idea of non-judgmental radical acceptance). I recommended yoga and other movement activities that were similarly healing. I took trainings through the hospital on Mindful Living Skills for Stress and Chronic Pain Reduction to better be able to help our patients. Yet I was still working in a very traditional setting and had the feeling that it was important for me to work in a different setting.
When I first heard of Reiki, the skeptic in me approached it with my usual caution and intellectual curiosity. When I received my first attunement, I had the experience of the center of my chest slowly opening up like it was a metal lotus flower with a dull but strong ache that could not be ignored; I then felt the vibration level of my body rising slowly up from my heart to my head. I felt like my face must have looked different, and my Reiki Master confirmed this with an unsolicited comment that I was glowing. I had to admit that something had happened although I did not really understand it.
From that day forward, I felt a connection with the spirituality of my childhood that just grew more and more powerful each day. Mystical experiences have been an important part of my transformation, as have my increasing abilities in clairsentience, clairaudience and claircognizance. My creativity increased remarkably starting from the day of my first attunement, and I began to see the possibilities for my life in a new way. I knew I wanted to share this with others and envisioned a way to do it. From this creativity, intention and vision came Reiki Heart
and the Center For Happiness.
I am a Karuna and Usui Reiki Master Practitioner and Teacher. Below is a picture of me with my Reiki Master Teacher, William Lee Rand. William is the founder of the International Center for Reiki Training. I am also blessed to have three other wonderful Reiki Master Teachers - Laurelle Gaia, Michael Baird and Mary McDowell.
Location of this alternative medicine resource:
3358 Watervale Road
Manlius, New York
Serving the greater CNY area
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Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist is one who provides a
specific 5-point auricular acupuncture treatment for those suffering
from addiction. It is an adjunct treatment that is used in combination
with other chemical dependency treatments. Acupuncture has been used in
eastern medicine for over 5,000 years and has more recently gained in
acceptance in the west as an "alternative" treatment.
detox is a client-centered approach, always respecting the dignity of
the person and the yin, the internal pathway towards recovery from
an Acupuncturist, who may treat any problem, the Detox Acupuncture
Specialist may treat only addictions, including detoxification,
withdrawal symptoms (including cravings, anxiety, sleep disturbance,
inability to focus, etc...) , relapse prevention and problems related to
Acupuncture detox is used to aid in the discontinuation of any substance that one can abuse or become dependent on.
five points into which the needles are inserted are in the ear and are:
sympathetic, shen men, lung, kidney and liver. Treatments typically
last 45 minutes. Some people report a very brief sting when the needle
is inserted and others state they have no discomfort. This can vary
from time to time as well as from person to person. Once the needles
are inserted, there is no discomfort.
anxious individuals usually fall to sleep during a treatment. Tired
and/or apathetic individuals will often report increased vitality at the
end of a treatment. Nearly all report a feeling of relaxation and
centeredness. As the number of sessions increase, the individual
reports feeling more centered and calm most of the time, as well as
decreasing the response of falling to sleep during the treatment. At this point the frequency of sessions may be reduced significantly and fewer treatments will produce the same effects.