As part of our new holistic approach to mental health, Psych Associates of Maryland is excited to unveil our new Reiki program!
Reiki is a Japanese relaxation and healing technique that is passed down from student to teacher. Both of our practitioners, Brad Shearer and Marci Ellis, are certified Reiki Masters. As taken from the International Association of Reiki Practitioner’s website: “Reiki is a spiritual healing art with its roots in Japanese origin. The word Reiki comes from the Japanese word (Rei) which means “Universal Life” and (Ki) which means “Energy”. Reiki is not affiliated with any particular religion or religious practice. It is not massage nor is it based on belief or suggestion. It is a subtle and effective form of energy work using spiritually guided life force energy.
Reiki is the life energy that flows through all living things. Reiki Practitioners understand that everyone has the ability to connect with their own healing energy and use it to strengthen energy in themselves and help others. It is believed that a person’s “ki” or energy should be strong and free flowing. When this is true, a person’s body and mind is in a positive state of health. When the energy becomes weak or blocked it could lead to symptoms of physical or emotional imbalance.”
There are many different types of Reiki; both Brad and Marci are certified masters of the Usui Reiki tradition. Brad also specializes in animal Reiki, while Marci has focused on other aspects such as crystal and sound Reiki.
End of Life Doula services to help honor an ill or passed on family member are provided by Marci on a case-by-case basis. Please inquire directly about this free service.
There are many benefits to Reiki, as it is a totally safe and non-harmful practice. Such benefits may include:
Brad is a certified Reiki Master within the Usui Reiki Ryoho lineage. In addition to being a licensed therapist he utilizes Reiki to nurture balance and cultivate resilience with the clients he treats. Brad places a lot of emphasis on improving holistic health and wellness; and he is also interested in energy psychology’s impact on our lives. As a Reiki Master he can attest to how Reiki can benefit everyone regardless of age or condition. Reiki can also help pets! Prior to becoming a therapist Brad spent a decade working in the Veterinary field where he utilized Reiki to help treat a variety of animals including horses.
Marci has been practicing Reiki since 2014, recently completing her mastery level of the Usui Reiki Tradition. She specializes in Crystal Reiki and other healing techniques, with a special interest in end-of-life doula work for the community. She happily resides near Towson with her fiancé, one child, 4 cats and lots of fish!
Coaching is designed to help participants gain greater self-awareness; create and/or develop professional or personal goals, find strategies for achieving objectives; and live an engaged and fulfilled life. As barriers are uncovered solutions are also discovered.
What some have said about coaching:
Coaching helped me figure out what direct course of action to take in planning.
Talking to a coach it helps me a lot emotionally.
I was able to see that my perception of my circumstances was not my reality; in fact, I am in a much better position than I initially believed.
This experience has been enlightening and confidence-boosting. I realized there were areas of my life where I was stagnant because I was not considering my goals first.
Stephen Berry is an Associate Certified Coach through the International Coach Federation. He has been teaching business classes at Anne Arundel Community College since 2008. He is currently an instructional specialist in the Business Management and Entrepreneurial Studies Department. In that role he connects students starting their own businesses with scholarships, mentors and coaches provided by the Ratcliffe Foundation. Steve served as head pastor of three different churches. Prior to that he held a variety of marketing, sales and management positions with Landmark Communications, Capital Gazette Newspapers Annapolis, MD. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from Lynchburg College, a Masters of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, and an MBA from what is now University of Maryland Global College.
"Food is medicine." A simple phrase with great significance.
As a population, we take medications for diseases that are highest on the list for morbidity and mortality. Hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, hyperlipidemia and obesity, amongst many more.
What if it was possible to prevent diseases or no longer live with these diseases? What if you could avoid medications or stop your medications?
Over time and through research, it is apparent that it is not just the quantity of our food that we should be thinking about but, more importantly, the quality of our food. Although calories in and calories out remains important, it is much more important to take note of the types of foods we eat. Certain foods can help us prevent disease or even reverse chronic disease. The power is in the knowledge and knowing how to approach a more nutritious lifestyle by approaching food as medicine.
Start taking charge of your health, one step a time, to a healthier you!
Shannon is a Certified Community Nutritionist with over 15 years of experience in healthcare. Shannon provides nutrition education and counseling to clients in the Baltimore City WIC Program at the Baltimore City Health Department. Shannon Tailors the one-on-one counseling sessions assessing the nutritional needs , nutritional risk, and treating multiple complex health comorbidities. Shannon's mission has always been to break barriers and overcome many challenges in the systemic public health healthcare system. There should be no one left behind everyone should have the necessary access and resources for healthcare.
Shannon holds her bachelors of science in Nutrition and Dietetics from Morgan State University also coupled with her Master's in Business Administration from University of Maryland Global Campus. Additionally, Shannon has trained at the University of Maryland Medical Center where she led small nutrition groups in behavioral health. More recently Shannon has worked in her own business creating personalized meal plans for individuals.
Monica Schiller is a virtual health coach who focuses on helping people who are tired of trying the next fad diet only to be frustrated when nothing changes. It is her belief that by addressing root causes of health concerns by making small changes over time, clients can settle into their natural weight, gain energy and be comfortable in their skin. Monica believes in an integrative approach and will collaborate with you to achieve your health goals.
Monica holds her bachelor’s degree in nutrition and has practiced as a Physician Assistant at Main Line Weight Management and New York Presbyterian Cornell and Columbia in internal medicine. Additionally, Monica has trained with the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) and is a Certified Health Coach. She has practiced as a health coach in her own practice along with working with other healthcare providers