Founder of Be Mindful with Gi and Graceful Awakenings, Gi is passionate about her work as a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, Board Certified Life Coach, and Reiki Master Teacher. She holds a Masters Degree in Applied Psychology and Counseling from Antioch University where she began her work in 1995, as an integrative holistic counselor and at Dover Star Institute in Hooksett, NH.
Gi is currenting in-training to be a certified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn Ph.D., author of Full Catastrophe Living, this program is in over 250 hospitals around the country and many more around the world supporting people with stress, anxiety, depression, chronic pain, alleviating stress related to medical conditions and much more. As the story goes, Jon told the doctors in the chronic pain unit to give him the patients that the medication was not working for. He thought that helping them work with these progressive set of mindfulness practices in a group format would help them develop the ability to see the pain more objectively and learn how to relate to it differently so they would suffer less from it. Turns out he was right! Since 1979 there has been a tremendous amount of research coming out of Harvard, UCLA, Stanford, UW-Madison and many more high ranking institutions providing us the insight into how this approach is helpful and how it not only works, but how it actually can change our neuroplasticity of our brains for the better. Check for upcoming Mindfulness classes here!
After working as a psychotherapist for Seacoast Mental Health Center and Portsmouth High School, she decided to take a leap of faith and devote herself full time to her own practice. She was employed at Portsmouth Regional Hospital at the inpatient psychiatric facility, as a Group Clinician and Social Worker. Having experienced personal adversity in her own life — Gi knows the intrinsic value of mindfulness, life coaching, Reiki, as Gi continues to guide clients through their life transitions. Dedicated to her own personal growth, she practices these mindfulness and integrative therapies as a daily part of her life. Knowing the value of holistic counseling/psychotherapy and integrative therapies and how they changed her life, Gi is passionate about guiding others to heal and creating a world of increased empathy. This is how we heal from the inside out with Be Mindful with Gi and Graceful Awakenings.
Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us. I invite you to try Mindfulness for 2-5 minutes a day for 7 days: register for our free class A Taste of Mindfulness today!