“JONDI WHITIS lives and works in New York City using a handful of tried and true techniques to help others achieve their goals, and overcome challenges, fears and doubts to become their personal best. As she likes to say, “My best tools are warmth, honesty, humor and intuition, harnessed to my years of study and experience with people of all walks. I believe the willingness to listen, be of service and celebrate each soul I meet with joy and gratitude is at the heart of my success.”
An Accredited, Certified Advanced Practitioner and Master Trainer of Trainers for the most popular Energy Psychology protocol, EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques). Jondi holds credentials from all the top EFT groups, and sits on the Training Board of the original, global EFT association, EFTinternational. This organization, originally called AAMET, is a registered educational charity and leader in standards for accredited, professional EFT training. She has a BA in Psychology and is a former Teaching Artist in NYC public schools for the largest educational grant holder, LEAP.
Jondi is well-known for her years of streaming podcasts on EFTRadio & BlogTalkRadio. A founder of TapFest, the first Intentional global community site, TappingStar, which focuses upon children, and founder of the collaborative community of US energy workers, Spring Energy Event, now in its 8th year.
She continues to develop integrative EFT workshops for all kinds of groups – kids, parents, trauma, veterans, and healthcare professionals. Each month you’ll find her sharing transformational techniques; an integration specialist, Jondi delights in sharing knowledge and experience with both licensed health professionals, avid wellcare workers and caregivers of all kinds.
She welcomes anyone to try the loving, affirming results of EFT by contacting her here: Jondi@EFT4Results.com or www.JondiWhitis.com”
“In her practice, Kelly McDaniel, LPC, NCC, CSAT, author and psychotherapist, offers Individual Intensives for women living with the generational legacy of Mother Hunger. Kelly works carefully and confidentially with clients as they navigate the tender, primitive wound that comes from an early broken heart.
Kelly is writing a new book about Mother Hunger®. to be published by Hay House in 2021. Expanding her concept of Mother Hunger from Ready to Heal (McDaniel, 2008), she has developed a treatment process to soothe the complex betrayal trauma that lies beneath maladaptive eating habits and what she calls Intimacy Intolerance.
Kelly is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) since 2005 and a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). Her background includes a Master’s Degree in English Literature from Georgetown University in Washington, DC and a Master’s Degree in Counseling from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, TX.
In graduate school, Kelly minored in Women’s Studies, and formulated her practice around the principles of Relational and Cultural Theory. Additional training includes Sue Johnson’s ‘Emotionally Focused Therapy’, Pia Mellody’s ‘PIT model’, EMDR ‘Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing’ as well as Family Constellation work.
In 2008, Gentle Path Press published McDaniel’s first book Ready to Heal written for women healing from addictive love and sex. Ready to Heal outlines the inescapable impasse that occurs for women programmed for love but pathologized for desire.
In 2012, McDaniel collaborated with 9 other clinicians to write and publish Making Advances: A Comprehensive Guide for the Treatment of Female Love and Sex Addicts. At conferences and workshops, Kelly speaks and teaches about the cultural legacy for women that creates Mother Hunger, Addiction and Heartbreak.”
I could have talked for another few hours with Lara Kain about her roles as an educator, consultant and national speaker, helping support schools in creating trauma-informed environments. As a trauma survivor and member of the ACEs Connection staff, Lara is making a huge impact in the lives of children by guiding the education system along the road of resiliency. Join us as we discuss:
her role as an educator, speaker, advocate of trauma-informed approaches
her personal journey as an at-risk youth and trauma survivor
“As the Southern California community facilitator for ACEs Connection and independent consultant, Lara brings her deep understanding of the importance of schools as community drivers for change. Lara is an experienced educator and consultant who speaks nationally on implementing trauma-informed practices in schools and building holistic, trauma-responsive systems. Lara brings over two decades of experience at the local, state and national level, including developing programs for integrating trauma-informed practices into community schools in Los Angeles. She worked for the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction as the state homeless coordinator, and practiced her first love, teaching ‘at-risk’ youth. Lara has a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MPA from The Evergreen State College. As an example of her understanding of the micro and the macro, Lara’s experience ranges from supporting individual teachers to designing a trauma-informed schools pilot implemented in 20 schools across the country. Lara has worked both as a teacher and administrator putting the science of building resilience into practice. For Lara, who is a trauma survivor and was herself an ‘at-risk’ youth, this work is deeply personal. She understands what schools can and should look like to benefit ALL children. As the mother of two adopted sons, she understands the effects of developmental trauma and what it takes to overcome it. Born in the Midwest, she lived for over a decade in the Pacific Northwest, and is now a transplant to Southern California, where she lives with her husband and two boys. The beach is her happy place.”
Super excited to celebrate the 100thepisode of The Healing Place Podcast with Diane Petrella, a licensed therapist who works with sexual abuse survivors who struggle with emotional eating, weight, and body image concerns. Thank you, Diane, for joining me to discuss:
her role as a licensed therapist helping clients with sexual abuse history
food addiction as a result of childhood trauma
adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and hypervigilance
“Diane Petrella, MSW is a licensed psychotherapist and life coach specializing in mind-body-spirit approaches to self-growth, healing, and weight loss. Early in her career she co-founded the first child sexual abuse treatment program in Rhode Island and for many years routinely testified in court as an expert witness in the area of child and adult sexual assault and post-traumatic stress. She has 30 years experience working with sexual abuse survivors to help them overcome trauma and reclaim a loving and respectful connection with their bodies.”
I thoroughly enjoyed this insightful conversation with Dr. Erica Holmes on her role as Director of the Psychological Trauma Studies Specialization at Antioch University Los Angeles, covering the topics of:
her role as a trainer of soon-to-be therapists on the global impact of trauma
her role as a licensed psychologist
philosophies on the impact of psychological trauma
her book Dating with Purpose: A Single Woman’s Guide to Escaping No Man’s Land
“Erica Holmes, PsyD is Core Faculty and the Director of the Psychological Trauma Studies Specialization in the Master’s in Psychology program at Antioch University Los Angeles, Executive Director of Champion Counseling Center at Faithful Central Bible Church and the founder of HOMMs Consulting. Dr. Holmes has provided psychotherapy and counseling, training and consultation, education and research services to individuals and organizations for over 20 years.
Dr. Holmes is a frequent invited speaker at local, national and international conferences and media events. Her areas of inquiry and more than 150 presentations focus on psychological trauma, relationships and coupling, insight and empowerment, psychotherapy with African American clients and the integration of Christianity and Psychology.
Her recently released book, Dating with Purpose (DWP): A Single Woman’s Guide to Escaping No Man’s Land has been met with great enthusiasm and positive review. DWP guides women of all ages through a journey of self-discovery, self-acceptance, and self-empowerment on the path to finding the love they desire. The first workbook of its kind, Dating with Purpose includes a series of easy-to-follow reflective exercises designed to bring awareness to the patterns and behaviors that set up roadblocks to happiness in intimate relationships. It is now available on Amazon.
She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology with a minor in Behavioral Science from California State University Dominguez Hills, as well as, a Master’s degree and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology. Further, Dr. Holmes holds post graduate certifications in the Psychology of Trauma from Antioch University and Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell University. She is an American Psychological Association Minority Fellow and past board member for the Los Angeles chapter of the Association of Black Psychologist.”
“Heather Ferri is the author of Victim to Victory: Healing Generational Abuse from My Bloodline. She works globally as a resilience and motivational speaker, and master healer. She spent a decade as a professional Broadway performer and created a Guinness Book of World Records for 16 continuous turns in tap shoes. Heather’s history of childhood abuse caught up with her as she began to have chronic pain, auto-immune symptoms, panic attacks, and eventually severe PTSD. Heather experienced a spiritual awakening that led her to two eastern sciences that not only saved her life but shifted her profession and mission. Now she is a guide for those suffering with pain and is masterful at customizing programs that heal.”
“Lorna Minewiser is a Coach who is passionate about sharing what she has learned over the last 30 years. In 1988 she went back to college after more than 20 years of being a housewife, mother, realtor and volunteer. She finished her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology in 1992, her license as a Counselor in 1995, and her PhD in Psychology in 2001. She became fascinated with alternative systems of learning and healing while she was in her PhD program at Saybrook Graduate School and has been learning about and practicing them ever since.
Although she was a Licensed Professional Counselor for 15 years she prefers to work as a Coach and has done so since 2002.
She has taught Energy Psychology classes in Clinton Township, MI, Charlotte, NC, Sacramento, CA and through teleclasses and webcasts. In 2006 she received the Certified Energy Health Practitioner designation from the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology.(ACEP)
In personal coaching sessions she might use EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) or Touch and Breathe, Healing Codes, Emotion Codes,Body Code, Energy Medicine techniques, or something else that could help you make the changes you want in your life.
She has taught high school, college, and teacher continuing education classes. Her PhD dissertation “Eliciting Mental Models: Images of teaching and learning” has been published and she has had several articles published as well. In the spring of 2008 she conducted a research project on using EFT to reduce Test Anxiety. She was chair of the ACEP research subcommittee on EFT for Research. Recently she participated in the Veteran Stress Research Project. Lorna has co-authored an article about the replication project and has a case study article published.“
I feel honored to have had the opportunity to sit with Louise Godbold, executive director of Echo, whose mission is “to educate trauma survivors (including parents and service professionals) about trauma and resilience in order to promote survivor empowerment, resolve individual and community-level trauma, and create the safe, stable, nurturing relationships that break the cycle of generational trauma”. We engaged in a beautiful conversation covering such topics as:
her Harvey Weinstein #metoo experience
the purpose and passion of Echo
alternative approaches outside of therapy for healing
and her upcoming 2020 Annual Conference featuring Survivors Becoming Empowered!
“Louise Godbold is the Executive Director of Echo. Before joining Echo in 2010, she worked for over 15 years in the nonprofit field, both in nonprofit management and as a consultant. For several years she was retained by UC Berkeley to provide statewide technical assistance to county alcohol and drug administrations. She has also worked for The California Endowment and the Los Angeles County Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs, as well as innumerable nonprofits, providing assistance with evaluation, strategic planning and creating research-based programming. Louise is the developer and lead trainer for Echo’s curricula on trauma and resilience. She is a trauma survivor and #MeToo silence breaker.”
What a delightful conversation I engaged in with the passionate and compassionate Shenandoah Chefalo, author of Garbage Bag Suitcase: A Memoir and faculty member of The Center for Trauma Resilient Communities. We dove into the depths of:
the healing work of Crossnore and The Center for Trauma Resilient Communities
“Shenandoah Chefalo’s early childhood and subsequent placement into foster care has given her a personal insight into the trauma that children in our nation experience every day. As an author, coach, and nationally-recognized speaker, Shen advocates for foster children everywhere she goes. She also encourages and challenges those in power on state and federal levels, as well as those providing care, to provide the best care possible for these children. With a lengthy career as a paralegal and director of a law firm, Shen has also seen the legal side of children’s care and how much more trauma may be experienced as a child’s case proceeds through the court system.
Shen has been the owner and chief training advocate of two firms in Michigan offering business and life coaching, consultation, and training across the United States. She has consulted with both private and public sector clients providing group and one-on-one training and coaching, workshops, webinars, and keynote speeches. Shen is particularly adept at helping clients identify and address issues, as well as achieve goals, specifically related to the topics of trauma and adversity.
In addition to her work, Shen has authored three books: Setting Your Vision and Defining Your Goals (2013), Garbage Bag Suitcase (2016), and Hiking for Stillness: Healing Trauma One Step at a Time, expected to be published in 2019. Shen earned a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Science, Human Resources, & Society from Michigan State University, and is a 2011 graduate of Coach U in Atlanta, Georgia. She is a member of the Michigan State Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and currently serves as the State Chairman of DAR Schools.
Shen is married to Gerry and the couple have one daughter, Sophia. The Chefalos enjoy adventure and their travels have taken them around the globe. They especially enjoy their family trips during the Christmas holidays and in 2018, they will be hiking Mt. Kilimanjaro, a dormant volcano in Tanzania. This trip will also raise awareness for children in foster care and funds for Crossnore School & Children’s Home.”
I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to sit down with Alison Morris of Full Potential Parenting to discuss her work with parents where she offers support solutions for challenging behaviors in children, along with her philosophies on adverse childhood experiences, trauma, Emotional Freedom Technique, and more. Join us for a brief EFT session at the end of the interview!
“Alison Morris is a certified, accredited “trauma mama!” As the single adoptive mom of a child with attachment and developmental trauma challenges, Alison started looking for answers, and one of the answers she found was Emotional Freedom Techniques, otherwise known as EFT or Tapping. Alison created Full Potential Parenting to help other parents of children with emotional and behavioral challenges understand what’s really going on with their children and what’s going on for them. Through the Full Potential Parenting Summit and the Full Potential Parenting Show, she interviews providers, doctors, therapists, and parents about non-pharmaceutical approaches to healing, and she offers individual coaching and group tapping classes so parents can make friends with their own emotions, and thereby provide a safe and compassionate space for their children to express their big feelings.”