Meet The Team

Kelly Gregory
President and Owner
M.Ed., Ed.S.,LMHC

Shaun Anderson

M.Ed., Ed.S. RMHCI

Stevie Vanausdale

M.Ed., Ed.S. LMHC

Jennifer Rose Parker

RDN, CSR, LDN

David Weinert
Graduate Student, Intern

Jaclyne Smith

Vice President

LCSW, MPH

Nicole Cope

M.Ed., Ed.S. LMHC

Leslie Fairchild
MS, LMHC

Jesenia Santiago

Licensed Massage Therapist

Ciara Monroe
Graduate Student, Intern

Alexa Beale
Office Manager

Kaylee Brenneman
M.Ed., Ed.S. RMHCI

Ange Noel
MA, RMHCI

Savannah Haynes
Graduate Student, Intern

Sandy Flory

M.Ed., Ed.S. RMHCI

Chase Colter

MA, RMHCI

Madison Schmidt
M.Ed., Ed.S. RMHCI

Lauren McGee
Graduate Student, Intern

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Kelly Gregory M.Ed., Ed.S., LMHC

President and Owner

E-Mail: KGregory@arenacounselingandwellness.com

pronouns: she/her/hers


“Do I contradict myself? Very well then I contradict myself, (I am large, I contain multitudes.)...Who wishes to walk with me?"

-Walt Whitman, Song of Myself

About        

      I decided to pursue a career in counseling after 5 years of teaching in the classroom from 6th to 12th grade. From there, I went on to graduate from the University of Florida with my master’s and specialist’s degrees in Mental Health Counseling. I began my career as a therapist working in residential treatment centers.There I worked with clients with a broad range of concerns, including depression, anxiety, addiction, eating disorders, self-esteem, and interpersonal relationships. I have additional training in trauma-focused therapy, DBT, and EMDR. 

       After several years of working in residential centers, I transitioned to private practice. In private practice, I have found a joy for working with students, people recovering from acute and complex trauma, and anyone going through a life transition. I want to help those who feel stuck, those for whom maybe counseling hasn't worked before, those who perhaps feel hopeless - to feel heard, seen, understood, cared for, and perhaps, a little less stuck. Everyone deserves to be the fullest version of themselves, and it is my privilege to walk alongside those trying to get there. 

Areas of Practice  

 

Mindfulness 

Mindfulness is the practice of "noticing without judgment." As we grow in our ability to be mindful, we are better able to regulate our emotions and reactions.

EMDR

I am trained in Level 1 and 2 of EMDR. EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) is a research based technique for helping people heal from the effects of trauma.

DBT

Dialectal Behavioral Therapy is a research-based modality that helps cultivate tools for emotional regulation, interpersonal relationships, distress tolerance, acceptance, and mindful awareness.

 

Somatic Techniques 

Somatic techniques help connect the mind and the body and how past events and current emotions are held in our bodies. This can include breathing and relaxation to alleviate stress and tension.

 

Internal Family Systems

Internal Family Systems, or IFS, is a compassion based way of approaching the internal dialogue we all experience. This approach allows clients to have a better understanding of their inner workings and how to cultivate self-compassion

 

Jaclyne Smith

E-Mail: Jsmith@arenacounselingandwellness.com

LCSW, MPH

Experience

Hello and welcome. I was first drawn into working in the clinical field as an undergraduate in college. I received a Bachelors in Social Work from the University of Georgia. I had always been interested in helping people, and social work gave me the opportunity to work with a variety of people from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds. I went on to get my Masters in Social Work and Public Health from Washington University in Saint Louis. I became interested in the dynamics of working with trauma from a therapeutic standpoint. Since 2014, I have been working as a therapist and utilizing a trauma informed approach to help clients navigate through a wide array of issues, such as addiction, depression and anxiety. I began my career working  as a therapist in residential settings and prior to entering private practice was the clinical program manager for a residential eating disorder program. As an outpatient provider, I am committed to providing the same level of passion and dedication to healing as I found in the residential communities. I am excited to work with students and other members of the Gainesville area to help foster healing, change, and growth.

Areas of Practice 

EMDR

Level one and Level 2 trained 

 

DBT
 

IFS 

 

HAES Perspective ( health at every size) 

 A supportive and inclusive perspective that states that health is determined by behaviors, independent of body weight

 

EDIT level 3 

Eating disorder intuitive therapy- a therapeutic approach that utilizes each person's intuitive wisdom to overcome eating disorder behaviors 

 

CEDs (Training In progress )

Currently pursuing a certified eating disorder specialist certification, a certification that is recognized by the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals.

 
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Sandy Flory

E-Mail: Sflory@arenacounselingandwellness.com

M.Ed., Ed.S., RMHCI

“There is a brokenness out of which comes the unbroken,

a shatteredness out of which blooms the unshatterable.

There is a sorrow beyond grief which leads to joy

and a fragility out of whose depths emerges strength.”

 

— Rashani

Welcome. I am so glad you are here. As humans we hold a great capacity for growth and change.

I approach therapy from a holistic perspective, believing that as humans, mental and physical wellness is our birthright. I have come to know that our bodies are our allies and hold the wisdom that we need in order to lead us back to ourselves. I hold a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from California State University and a Masters in Counseling and Specialist Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Florida.

As your therapist, I will guide you into your body as well as explore the ways in which your thoughts, feelings and behaviors may be hindering or helping you on your way to healing. It has been my experience that in being able to tend to our more challenging emotions (such as anger, fear, resentment), we can open up to our preferred ones more fully (such as joy, delight and happiness).

 

My goal as your therapist is to make sure you feel seen, heard and understood. I have worked in private practice as well as in a school setting. My specialties include anxiety relief, masculine and feminine polarity work, work dissatisfaction, life transitions and stress reduction.

I use a variety of modalities including:

 

· Mindfulness Therapy

· Somatic Therapy

· Systems Theory

· Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

· Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS)

 

Specialties include:

· Anxiety relief

· Depression/hopelessness

· Relationship dissatisfaction

· Life Transitions

· Grief counseling

 

Shaun Anderson, M.Ed., Ed.S.

Registered Mental Health Counseling Intern

pronouns: he/him/his

E-Mail: Sanderson@arenacounselingandwellness.com

“When I dare to be powerful—to use my strength in the service of my vision—then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.”

- Audre Lorde

 
About

Hi there, my name is Shaun Anderson - one of the therapists on the clinical team at Arena Counseling and Wellness. I received my Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Florida. Since then, I have worked nonjudgmentally alongside clients who have experienced trauma, addiction, mood disorders, eating disorders, and various other concerns which brought them into counseling.

Through my life experiences and my clinical training, I realized the importance of genuine human connection and the power of having a safe space to be our authentic selves without fear of judgment. The foundation of my clinical work lies in creating safe spaces for all that enter my office, empowering each individual towards liberation, and acknowledging each client through a systemic and culturally responsive lens. I also work to serve the LGBTQ+ community and promote an environment of inclusion, safety, and support for clients of all identities. I believe that by better understanding ourselves and expressing who we are in a safe space, we build deeper connections that help sustain us in navigating the world.

My hope in working with you is that each session gives you an opportunity to lighten the burdens you carry as I walk alongside you. In a space where you are not able to hold hope, I shall hold it for you until you are able to carry it forward. I look forward to working with you in the future.

Areas of Practice:

Specializations 

Trauma Recovery

Identity Development - emphasis on Minority Stress & Marginalization

Substance Use & Process Addictions

Disordered Eating, Eating Disorders & Body Image

Frameworks:

Relational Cultural Therapy

Systems Theory

Feminist & Liberation Theory
Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS)
Existential Approach

Areas of Practice

 

Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT): For individuals, couples, and families. This attachment-based, experiential therapy model is highly effective at helping clients, couples, and families deepen healthy connection, create attunement with themselves and others, and work through internal and interpersonal conflict.​

Certified in EFIT (Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy)

EFIT Level 1 and 2

EMDR

Level 1 and Level 2 trained 

 

I utilize a combination of therapies based on the evolving needs of the client and the needs of the therapeutic moment.

Nicole Cope M.Ed., Ed.S. LMHC

E-Mail: Ncope@arenacounselingandwellness.com

Experience:

I started my journey in the mental health field working in community mental health as a volunteer group facilitator and sitting in on individual sessions with my mentor. I realized that working with clients as a therapist was the right path for me, went back to college as an older student, and pursued both my Bachelors in Psychology and my Masters and Specialist degrees at the University of Florida. I have been working in the mental health field since 2008 and have experience working as a therapist in residential treatment facilities, acute psychiatric hospitals, and community mental health centers. Most recently I was the Chief Operating Officer of The Refuge, A Healing Place, a residential treatment facility for people who are working to recover from trauma, substance use, mood disorders, PTSD, and many other mental health symptoms. Although I loved that role, I was eager to get back into doing therapy with clients again--working to find meaning, building resiliency, and creating a safe space for clients to explore and recover. I am thrilled to be a part of the exceptionally talented team of counselors at Arena Counseling and Wellness providing excellent mental health care in the Gainesville area.

 

 

 
 
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Kaylee Brenneman M.Ed., Ed.S.

Registered Mental Health Counseling Intern

Pronouns: she/her/hers

E-Mail: KBrenneman@arenacounselingandwellness.com


“Today will be what it is, I will be who I am, and there will be beauty in both.” - Sierra Boggess
 

About

 

Hello! I’m Kaylee Brenneman, and I’m so genuinely happy that you’re taking this step. It can take tremendous courage to start a therapeutic journey, and I hope that I can join you. Prior to becoming a counselor, I worked as an advocate and case manager at an emergency shelter for survivors of domestic violence. I received my Specialist in Education (Ed.S.) and Master of
Education (M.Ed.) degrees from the University of Florida in Mental Health Counseling, and I feel passionate about the processes of growth and change that we all engage in throughout our lives.

 

I began my clinical experience working in a residential addiction treatment program and feel passionately about working with individuals and families impacted by addiction in its many forms. I also deeply love working with teenagers and young adults who experience issues with distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and self-harming behavior. In my work as a clinician, I have
witnessed the immense resilience that people have in the face of the uncertain, the terrifying, and the overwhelming. The fact that you’ve made it this far means that you have tremendous strength already. My goal as a clinician is to assist my clients as they work to engage in life more authentically and fully. I believe that people are always doing the best that they can with the resources that they have, and they also want and need to deal with the hardships of life more effectively - that's where I step in to support, accept, educate, and guide you. I am so excited that you are seeking to begin your therapeutic journey. I look forward to meeting
with you soon!

Areas of Practice


Specializations:

Addiction
Self-Harming Behavior
Adolescents
Relationships and Communication Effectiveness
Trauma Recovery

Frameworks:

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Adlerian Therapy

Gestalt Therapy

Areas of Practice

Specializations:

Substance Use & Process Addiction Recovery

Trauma Recovery and Integration

Transitional Age Youth and Adults

Identity Development

Frameworks:

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS)
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

Trauma-Informed, Brain-Sensitive (TIBS) Yoga

Contextual-Constructivism Theory

Chase Colter MA, RMHCI

Email: CColter@arenacounselingandwellness.com

I have been drawn to providing therapeutic services since I embarked on my Psychology B.S. at the University of Central Florida while concurrently completing my 200hr Yoga Teacher Training with Shine On Yoga. Upon completing both, I felt called to the Pacific NorthWest, where I completed my Masters in Counseling Psychology with a specialization in addictions and somatic approaches in Fall of 2019. In the midst of the Covid-19 crisis, I chose to return to my home state and provide my services to the Alachua county community here in Gainesville. 

 

As a therapist, I take into account the various intersecting dimensions of human experience to provide a comprehensive and contextual understanding of the clients I collaborate with. In navigating one’s rich internal topography, I ensure my client’s are compassionately held in this process with a felt sense of wholeness, respect, and humility. In this unfolding process, you are invited to cultivate a greater sense of self-compassion, resilience, and psychological flexibility. With a firm trust in the evolutionary potential of all beings, I would best describe his approach to psychotherapy as unitive, integrative, and process-oriented with particular emphasis towards Person-centered, Somatic, Relational-Psychodynamic, and Mindfulness-based approaches.

 

I specialize in holistically treating presenting issues including anxiety, depression, grief, gender affirmation and discovery, career and life-path exploration,  PTSD, substance and process addictions, and interpersonal-relational issues all through a trauma-focused and systemic lens. I warmly embrace folx from all socio-cultural contexts, and am especially welcome to therapeutically collaborating with those of the BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ community.

 
 

Areas of Practice 

  • Trauma and PTSD

  • Grief and loss

  • Infertility 

Approaches to therapy

  • Humanistic 

  • Person-centered

  • Trauma focused

Stevie Vanausdale M.Ed., Ed.S.LMHC

Email: svanausdale@arenacounselingandwellness.com

My approach to therapy is simple, I meet the client where they are in life with hopes to build connection that allows space for healing. I work from a client-centered orientation with a speciality in working with trauma and grief. Trauma happens to us all and sometimes becomes too heavy to carry alone, that is where I come in to help carry the load while you learn new coping skills.

The process of unlearning skills developed to help you survive can be an uncomfortable process. I will join with you to honor the discomfort that can come with therapy as new insights are gained about self and the world. You will always be met with empathy and unconditional positive regard for the courageous choice of to make a change in your life.

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Areas of Practice 

  • Trauma/PTSD

  • Substance use and process addictions

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

Trainings/Specializations

  • EMDR-level 1 and level 2

  • Breathwork-Level 1

  • Experiential

  • Mindfulness

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Leslie Fairchild, MS, LMHC

Email: lfairchild@arenacounselingandwellness.com

Pronouns: She/Her/Herself

About

Hey there! My name is Leslie and welcome to Arena! I am a licensed mental health counselor and look forward to providing a safe place to begin your journey of self-discovery. I received my Masters Degree in Psychology and Counseling from the University of West Alabama. I have experience in various levels of care to include residential, outpatient, inpatient settings, and have specialized experience working with individuals dealing with trauma/PTSD, substance abuse, depression and various process addictions.  I am also trained in various treatment modalities to include EMDR, Basic ART, Breathwork Level 1, and Equine therapy. I started my career in mental health as a children’s case manager at a local community mental health center with the goal of becoming a therapist. I realized my calling was in counseling while working as a teacher’s aid and noticing the impact I had in holding space for my students.

 

Fortified with my trainings, experience and education, I am someone who understands that healing requires a safe place to explore and navigate those areas outside of a person’s comfort zone.  As a heart centered, client focused therapist I look forward to empowering you to reach your highest potential.

 
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Areas of Practice

Specializations:

  • Emotional Dysregulation

  • Childhood Trauma

  • Family Issues

  • Children and Adolescents

  • Trauma Recovery

  • Anxiety and Depression

  • Grief

Frameworks:

  • Play Therapy (CCPT, Adlerian Therapy)

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

  • Solution Focused Therapy

  • Motivational Interviewing

  • Gestalt Therapy

Ange Noel, MA, RMHCI

Email: anoel@arenacounselingandwellness.com

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

“You don’t have to be positive all the time. It’s perfectly okay to feel sad, angry, annoyed, frustrated, scared and anxious. Having feelings doesn’t make you a negative person. It makes you human.” — Lori Deschene

About

The decision to enter into therapy is incredibly difficult as you are admitting to yourself and the world that you’re not okay. But it’s also a celebratory moment in which you realize how courageous you are to start the healing process. And I am so happy that you’re here.

 

My interest in counseling began as I earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from the University of Florida. Post-undergraduate studies, I ventured into the workforce as a case manager, providing services and opportunities to some of the most vulnerable families within the community. It was one of the most humbling experiences as I learned about the hardships of others in the real world as well as the importance of support and unconditional love. After a few years, I completed a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Central Florida with a focus in CBT, Play Therapy, Family Systems and Trauma.

 

My clinical approach is to provide a safe space to be your authentic self when expressing your deepest emotions and feelings. Fundamentally, I also believe that humans are inherently resilient in nature and have the ability to overcome life’s challenges with the support of others. And as you stand in your truth, I will tend to you with an unbiased heart.

 

I also have extensive experience in working with children, adults and families who are suffering from ADHD, childhood trauma, PTSD, and emotional dysregulation. I also love working with growing teens and adults as they face so many unique challenges and life experiences.

 

I am so happy that you have made the decision to confront your internal and external conflicts. It is your time to tell your story, in your own words and on your own terms. As a therapist, I will ensure that you’re supported throughout this journey, even in the moments when you’re feeling too tired to keep pushing. I look forward to meeting you!

 

Madison Schmidt, M.Ed., Ed.S., RMHCI

Email: Mrgs1995@gmail.com

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Areas of Practice

Specializations:

  • Children and Adolescents

  • Depression/hopelessness

  • Coping skills and resiliency building 

  • Anxiety relief

  • Family and peer relationships 

Frameworks:

  • Play therapy

  • Humanistic 

  • Trauma focused

Hello there and welcome! My name is Madison Schmidt, I received my Specialist in Education (Ed.S.) and Master of Education (M.Ed.) degrees from the University of Florida in Counselor Education with a focus in Mental Health counseling and School Counseling.  

 

As a counselor, I believe in the incredible power of a trusted and safe space. Through my experience working with children and adolescents in the school setting I have seen first-hand the power of a nonjudgmental and authentic therapeutic relationship. I am passionate about being an advocate for youth and providing children and adolescents a space and a moment of time that is fully dedicated to them.

 

In my work with children and adolescents I utilize a humanistic and eclectic approach by valuing each child’s unique experiences that they bring into the space. Utilizing play therapy techniques and creative interventions, children have space to process their world, increase awareness, identify their emotions and needs, as well as resolve conflicts through play and various expressive activities. Children are amazingly resilient, and I feel honored to work with them and be a part of their journey in understanding themselves and the world around them.

 

I believe counseling is a collaborative process and would love to have a conversation with you about how I can support your child! 

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Jennifer Rose Parker

RDN, CSR, LDN

Pronouns: she/her

email: jparker@arenacounselingandwellness.com

I am a Registered and Board-Certified Dietitian since 2005 with a specialty in Renal Nutrition (Kidney Disease). After securing my B.S. in Food and Nutrition Science, I completed a Master's level internship at Barnes-Jewish College of Nursing at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. I have worked in private practice for general wellness and Diabetes Education and most recently spent 10 years specializing in nutrition therapy for Chronic Kidney Disease. Throughout my career I continue to see the positive effects of a diet rich in whole, plant-based foods that’s a balance for all lifestyles.

 

Whether you are a foodie or far from it, I will walk with you and reveal just how nourishing food can be.

 

Let’s get started!

 

Jesenia Santiago

Licensed Massage Therapist 

email: jsantiago@arenacounselingandwellness.com

Hi! My name is Jesenia Santiago and I am a Licensed Massage Therapist at Arena Counseling and Wellness. I have had the privilege of practicing massage for nearly seven years and have completed training at the Cortiva Institute in Dallas, Texas. Since then I have continued my professional development and added techniques and massage modalities to my repertoire such as Deep Tissue, Prenatal, and Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) stretching.
 

My approach to massage is to adapt to what each person needs within each session. If that means applying my signature “ Gentle Attack” style one day for a more therapeutic experience or a more relaxing “ letting go” bodywork, that’s what we’ll do. Every time we work together, we customize according to what is needed.

 

My goal within this practice is to help people by providing a space for healing through bodywork, a piece of the puzzle in understanding ourselves as a whole human being.


I am so excited to be on the team and to work with you soon!

 
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Savannah Haynes

Graduate Student, Intern

Welcome! I am Savannah Haynes, a current Master’s student attending the Mental Health Counseling Program at Northwestern University. I have always felt that every individual is deserving of unwavering support in reaching their goals and that is what I aim to accomplish with my clients. My priority is to create a safe space with genuine conversation that is beneficial in achieving the goals that will help create a more fulfilling and joyful life for those I work with. I have a strong interest in using Gestalt therapy, Mindfulness and Acceptance based therapy, and Person-Centered therapy which are modified to best fit the needs of the individual. My approach always includes authenticity and open-mindedness while remaining nonjudgmental to ensure that the work I do is guaranteed to be in the best interest of every client to further explore their internal and external worlds. I look forward to collaborating with you to tackle all different types of challenges at Arena Counseling and Wellness!

 
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Lauren McGee

Graduate Student, Intern

Hello! My name is Lauren McGee, and I am a current Masters student in the Mental Health Counseling program at Northwestern University. My interest in Mental Health Counseling stems from my innate desire to help people. I believe that all people should be given the best chance to live a happy and rewarding life. I value honesty, vulnerability, optimism, and open-mindedness. Though I am just beginning to shape myself as a professional counselor, I have great personal interest in the practices of mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and cultural diversity in counseling. I look forward to expanding my areas of interest and discovering how to become the most effective counselor possible for my clients. My hope is that I can provide my future clients with a safe space in which they can explore their inner processes and outer experiences in an effort to aid them in their growth. l am excited to be starting my counseling career, and I cannot wait to begin my clinical work here at Arena Counseling and Wellness!

 
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David Weinert

Graduate Student, Intern

Human beings are storytellers. We weave stories from our understanding of our own lives and the lives of those around us. As our minds compose the story it is possible for us to lose track of the plot. Occasionally we find ourselves believing that we are a supporting character in our own lives. You are meant to be the protagonist of your own story. 

I believe that you are meant to live a life of unique purpose, and that you are worthy of dignity and respect. Counseling can be the place where we recalibrate our thinking, and strengthen the parts of ourselves we keep hidden and safe. Sometimes we need help, and that is only human. 

The hard work of therapy is to face those parts of ourselves that we have avoided. As a counselor it is my job to stand with you and help you see yourself through a lens of unconditional positivity. In therapy we grow and heal in safety. 

In session we will use any number of techniques from Gestalt, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family Systems Therapy, and Person-Centered Therapy. Each client is unique and no two healing journeys will be the same. 

I am so glad that you are looking for someone to stand with you in your pursuit of growth, healing, and wellness. I look forward to hearing your unique story. 

Areas of Practice

  • Grief and Trauma 

  • Depression 

  • Anxiety 

  • Couples and Relationship Issues 

  • Sexual Trauma 

  • Religious Trauma 

  • Existential Dread 

 

Ciara Monroe

Graduate Student, Intern

Greetings and Asè! My name is Ciara Monroe, and although I am a Mental Health Counseling Intern, I trust that my own sacred healing journey and education has equipped me to walk beside you on yours! I am currently getting my master's from the University of Florida's Counselor Education program. I am becoming a sacred healer that intentionally creates safe healing spaces for Black and Brown femmes, the LGBTQ+ community, witches, the occult, and sex workers! My passion for mental health stems from my journey as a social justice advocate! I wholeheartedly believe that as sacred healers/therapists, it is essential that we make social justice the foundation of our work because systemic oppression is either the source of our client's trauma or, at the least, makes their trauma more complex. The path to liberation and sacred healing becomes clear once we shatter our rose-colored glasses and replace them with a social justice lens. I hope that together we can break whatever else needs to be shattered and embark on a sacred healing journey that leads you back home to you!  

 

However, if you are still on the fence about taking that leap of faith with me, well, as my mother has always told me, "I can show you better than I can tell you!"

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