Practitioners Archive

Barbra Danin, MA, LMFT

Barbra Danin is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, Clinical Art Therapist and Certified EMDR Therapist.

Degree and Experience

Barbra Danin received her Master’s Degree in Marriage & Family Therapy and Clinical Art Therapy from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, and has been in practice for over 30 years.

Her experience includes working with young children, preteens and adolescents, adults, groups, couples and families.  Barbra has lived throughout the United States and overseas, and has practiced in schools, hospitals, clinics, residential treatment facilities, Family Court and private practice. She has taught courses in Psychology and Art Therapy, and has lectured on issues of mental health both in the US and internationally.

Barbra incorporates the use of art expression and EMDR into treatment when appropriate, providing a novel approach to understanding and processing feelings and issues.

Specialties

Art Therapy

Through painting, drawing, sculpture and other modes of creative process, art making is highly effective in helping to recognize and express underlying emotions and patterns of thought, offering a non-verbal outlet for uncovering underlying issues.

It is the process of art making, rather than the product, that is the focus of the treatment, and is, at times, healing in and of itself.

Art Therapy does not require artistic ability, and is appropriate for all ages.

» Learn more about Art Therapy.

EMDR Therapy

EMDR taps into the natural healing ability of the body, through bilateral stimulation of the brain. This can be done in various ways, including through rapid eye movement, tapping or other physical movements.

EMDR has been found to be effective in treating:

  • Anxiety & panic attacks
  • Depression
  • Phobias
  • Grief
  • Pain and addictions
  • Self-esteem and performance anxiety
  • PTSD

EMDR has been established by extensive research, and has successfully helped treat millions of individuals. The World Health Organization recognizes EMDR Therapy as having the most successful outcomes in treating trauma.

» Learn more about EMDR.

The combination of EMDR with Art Therapy is often highly effective, particularly in working with children and adolescents

Counseling for Individuals, Couples, and Families

Individual Counseling

Individual Therapy is offered to children, adolescents and adults. When treating children, Barbra works closely with parents and caretakers, offering support and guidance on parenting issues.

Couples Counseling

Work with couples focuses on helping improve relationships by improving communication patterns and facilitating an understanding and acceptance of each other’s feelings.

» Learn more about Individual and Couples Counseling.

Family Therapy

Meeting with family members together helps each one develop an understanding of the roles they play within the system and how they impact one another, in efforts to realign relationships and affect change. This includes families struggling with conflicts, those undergoing or adjusting to divorce, and blended families who are redefining their relationships.

» Learn more about Family Therapy.

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Michael R. Bridges, M.S., Ph.D.

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Michael R. Bridges, Ph.D. is a former Associate Professor in Clinical Psychology at Temple University and a Licensed Psychologist in the State of Pennsylvania.

25 Years of Experience in Psychotherapy

Dr. Bridges has 25 years of experience in providing psychotherapy, assessment, psychotherapy research, teaching, supervision, and continuing education. For six years, he worked as a clinical and forensic psychologist for the U.S. Department of justice and contributed to the scientific literature on the assessment and treatment of various types of offenders.

Academic Research

He then became an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and the Director of the in-patient Dialectical Behavior Therapy Unit at John Umstead State Hospital. He moved to Philadelphia in 2001 to become an Associate Professor and Director of the Psychological Services Center at Temple University. He received international attention for his research on the physiological and emotional processes involved in healing attachment injuries. Because of the importance of this research he was asked to contribute an article, “Activating the Corrective Emotional Experience” for a special issue of The Journal of Clinical Psychology on emotion regulation in psychotherapy.

In 2006 he joined the Council for Relationships and Jefferson University to help develop their graduate program in Couples and Family Therapy.

Full-time Practice of Clinical Psychology Since 2012

Since 2012, Dr. Bridges has been involved in the full-time practice of clinical psychology with an emphasis on individual therapy and couples therapy for issues related to depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, infidelity, and attachment injuries related to abuse or family of origin issues. Recently, he was also a consultant, supervisor and therapist on a multisite research project that examined the impact of cognitive-behavioral and emotion focused psychotherapies on depression with woman suffering from Ovarian Cancer and men who were recovering from Prostate Cancer.

Dr. Bridges is sought out as a guest lecturer in graduate programs and to provide continuing education to professional organizations of therapists.

Psychotherapy Specialties

Individual, Couples, and Group Psychotherapy

Dr. Bridges’ psychotherapy specialties include depression, trauma and anxiety, job stress and career transition. He has experience working with individuals from diverse backgrounds but currently works with many physicians, health-care professionals, attorneys, business professionals, academics and other therapists who function in demanding work environments.

He is trained in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) which is one of the most empirically informed treatments for couples who are struggling with negative cycles related to infidelity, or early attachment injuries and trauma related to their family of origin. Dr. Bridges also has an interest and experience in working with college students and those involved in the creative-arts.

Many clients who had been in psychotherapy before but found themselves talking about the same issues over and over with no real change, have found Dr. Bridges’ skill at helping them access the core emotions in sessions that their problems stem from very helpful.

An Attachment and Emotion-Focused Approach to Therapy

The foundation of Dr. Bridges’ work with individuals, couples, and groups is relational and empathetic and based on the importance of early and later attachments in our life and the basic human emotions that form the basis of these relationships. Dr. Bridges’ warmth, sensitivity, humor and intelligence help most clients experience a sense of respect and safety in just a few sessions so that deeper issues can start to be addressed.

Strategies and Solutions Used in Psychotherapy

Dr. Bridges recognizes that people come to therapy looking for new information and resources to help them, especially when struggling to create new patterns in their relationships or working to overcome experiences of depression, anxiety and trauma. As a former professor in top graduate programs in clinical psychology and marriage and family therapy, and as a psychotherapy researcher and practioner, Dr. Bridges has extensive knowledge and training in cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, somatic and emotional focused approaches.

The following are the approaches that have most influenced his practice.

Dialectical-Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Dr. Bridges was one of the first psychologists to use DBT with incarcerated, personality-disordered offenders in the early 1990s. When he became an assistant professor of clinical psychology at UNC-Chapel Hill, he was appointed director of the inpatient DBT unit at John Umstead Hospital.

While Dr. Bridges’ approach is more experimental than cognitive, he uses principles from DBT, particularly mindfulness to help clients learn to identify how their thoughts can contribute to or help lessen their experiences of emotional pain—and to learn various methods for slowing down their mind so that they can more fully experience the present moment.

Accelerated experiential-dynamic psychotherapy (AEDP)

Accelerated experiential-dynamic psychotherapy (AEDP) is a form of psychotherapy that focuses on healing-oriented techniques and aims to achieve a transformation in client behavior by exploring the in-depth processing of difficult emotional and relational experiences. This innovative method was developed by Dr. Diana Fosha and has roots in and resonances with many disciplines, amongst them attachment theory, affective neuroscience, and body-focused approaches.

Dr. Bridges was among the first psychologists that realized the important contributions of AEDP and sought out training and supervision with Dr. Fosha. Dr. Fosha was also impressed with Dr. Bridges’ ability to use somatic approaches in accessing core affects and has invited him to present to her graduate classes and at AEDP trainings.

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Internal Family Systems (IFS)

Internal Family Systems (IFS) is a therapy approach developed by Dr. Richard Schwartz, that recognizes and respects the complexity of each person’s inner world. Inner conflict between parts (often recognized as having competing beliefs and desires) is often at the root of anxiety, depression, indecisiveness, and dissatisfaction. By listening deeply to all parts of self, we can have greater ease in our lives, greater compassion for ourselves, and less distress and reactivity. When we begin to understand our inner conflicts through the lens of IFS and parts, we develop an ability to see our struggles more clearly and with greater compassion. In couples therapy, this lens leads to deeper understanding about habitual reactions and patterns and, ultimately, greater intimacy and connection.

Dr. Bridges has spent the last two years in intensive study and training in IFS, including workshops and trainings with Dr. Richard Schwartz. In 2017, he began a year-long Level 1 IFS training in Philadelphia.

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Emotion Focused Therapy for Individuals and Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy

Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) is a structured approach to couples counseling formulated in the 1980’s by Dr. Susan Johnson and Dr. Leslie Greenberg that integrated the emerging science on adult attachment and the importance of different types of emotional expression that bring couples closer or tear them apart.

A substantial body of research outlining the effectiveness of EFT now exists. Research studies find that 70-75% of couples move from distress to recovery and approximately 90% show significant improvements.

The founders of this type of therapy, Dr. Johnson and Dr. Greenberg, eventually went their separate ways, with Dr. Johnson continuing to refine the EFT approach to couples counseling and Dr. Greenberg focusing more on EFT approaches in individual therapy.

Dr. Bridges considers himself fortunate to have experienced advanced training in EFT couples therapy from Dr. Johnson and her colleagues as well as advanced training and supervision from Dr. Greenberg in individual EFT. Dr. Greenberg also agreed to serve as a consultant and mentor for Dr. Bridges’ psychotherapy research at Temple University and Dr., Greenberg and Dr. Bridges have presented together at national and international conferences.

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Kristin Fulmer, MS, NCC, LPC, NTP

KristinFuller-300x420Kristin Fulmer is a PA Licensed Professional Counselor, a Nationally Certified Counselor and a Certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner.

She has a B.S. in Health Education from University of Maryland and a M.S. in School Counseling from Gwynedd Mercy College with a post-graduate certificate in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Arcadia University. She is also a Pennsylvania certified teacher in Health Education and School Counseling. Additionally, Kristin works as a Counselor and Assistant Professor at Montgomery County Community College.

I am on a mission to relieve the epidemic of emotional, physical and behavioral distress by addressing underlying systemic biochemical and physiological imbalances. Recognizing that physical health impacts emotional and mental health, I design integrative therapeutic interventions to improve my client’s emotional and physical well-being.

Correcting nutritional deficiencies, eliminating aggravating allergens or distressing environmental chemicals enables the body-mind to self-correct imbalances.

As a counselor and nutritional therapist, I value the needs of the whole person, acknowledging the bio-individuality of my clients, respecting their unique life experiences and concerns, and their individual emotional and physical needs. I believe that our bodies have an innate desire and ability towards homeostasis and self-healing. Providing the whole self with emotional and nutritional support enables rebalancing, self-healing, and ultimate wellness.”

Children, Adolescents, and Adult Counseling

Kristin utilizes an integrative and functional whole person, mind-body approach to counseling using a combination of therapeutic strategies including nutritional therapy, cognitive behavioral techniques, mindfulness, motivational interviewing, humanistic, and solution-focused interventions. Her client-centered focus to wellness engages her client’s strengths to overcome obstacles and enhance emotional and physical wellness.

Kristin works with children, adolescents, adults and families with; Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, Stress, Fatigue, Concentration and Behavior Concerns, OCD, Weight Management, Self-esteem, Autism, Insomnia, and Life Skills.

Individual Counseling

Individual counseling sessions focus on utilizing a combination of holistic therapeutic interventions including a nutritionally dense whole foods approach to improve overall emotional and physical health.

Family Counseling

Recognizing that lifestyle and nutritional changes can impact the whole family and be individually difficult without family support, individuals often find it helpful to schedule appointments for all family members.

A Whole Person, Mind-Body Approach

Together we will analyze the puzzle pieces to determine how your physical health may be influencing emotional health. A systemic biological imbalance may be the origin of your depression, anxiety, anger, fatigue, brain fog, ADHD, lack of focus, etc., etc., etc… All symptoms of a body out of balance.

What effects the body influences the mind and what influences the mind effects the body – address the whole person systemically, get to the source of the problem, and all areas of health improve. Change occurs quickly for some and more slowly for others.

Together we will monitor your comfort level and motivation towards change, healing, and health. My goal is to make sure you are comfortable yet challenged towards gaining greater health, harmony, and happiness.

Functional Nutritional Therapy

The Food-Mood Connection

Our bodies have an innate intelligence towards healing and health, sending us positive and negative messages all the time. If there is a systemic biological problem – a potential nutritional deficiency, allergy, infection, or chemical overload, we may experience this as a physical, emotional, mental, or behavioral discomfort.

It’s our body trying to tell us something – basically we are out of balance.

My primary goal of using nutritional therapy with clients is to re-gain balance in the body by addressing nutrient deficiencies and foundational dysfunctions. My objective is to treat the unique emotional and nutritional requirements of the individual specific to her or his biological, cultural, environmental, and familial heritage.

Healthy Body = Healthy Brain = Happy Self!!

Group Counseling and Workshops

Workshops can be a great resource for enhanced education on the food-mood connection and the benefits of nutritional therapy.

Please check the Resiliency Center calendar for upcoming groups and workshops:

The Food-Mood Connection

A series of educational workshops discussing the connection between diet and our emotional and behavioral health.

Happy Gut – Happy Brain

A series of educational workshops highlighting the effects of gut health, microbiome, and inflammation on the emotional and behavioral health.

Let’s Eat!

A series of workshops on the practical applications and techniques for properly preparing and cooking nutritionally dense, whole foods.

GAPS Support Group

A free support group for people actively engaging in the different phases of the GAPS diet or people interested in learning more about GAPS.

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Lisa Grant-Feeley, MS, LPC

Lisa-CHF_0810A Licensed Professional Counselor, Lisa Grant-Feeley provides individual, family and couples counseling.

Her graduate program – and experience since then – focuses on children and adolescents, and she always considers the family structure as integral in her work. As the parent of three strong-willed adult children, she is aware of the joy and challenges that come with raising family.

Lisa provides compassionate support in a space free of judgment to help individuals thrive, and couples and families develop healthy, positive interactions.

Therapy for Children

Lisa understands that play is the language children and young adolescents use to best communicate their thoughts and feelings, and as a Licensed Professional Counselor, she utilizes creative and play therapy techniques in order to help her clients feel most comfortable. Lisa works to create a safe space in which her clients can relay distressing experiences openly, actively listening to the needs of each client and working with a targeted plan of action in order to reach a solution.

Explosive Behavior

For children who display explosive behaviors, Lisa works on collaborative problem solving with both the parents and the client to support the development of important skills, such a flexibility, problem solving, emotional regulation, frustration tolerance and social functioning. As children with explosive behavior are often lacking in one or more of these shills, Lisa helps guide them through these practices so when they are faced with a situation that they were once not equipped to manage; they have the skills needed for a more expected response.

ADHD

For children with ADHD or ADHD symptoms, Lisa supports the child and family in understanding these behaviors and learning strategies to manage them proactively.

Therapy for Teens

Lisa has found that with the flood of exposure in social media, many teens have developed a highly self-critical voice that reduces the ability for high self-esteem. This along with the increased level of competitiveness in academics, sports and extra-curricular activities, can often lead to feelings of anxiety and depression.

Learning Self-Compassion

Learning self-compassion can aid in creating a kinder internal voice. Lisa works with clients to help them find this voice, through identifying and exploring each individual’s strengths and empowering self-acceptance. This serves to reduce the stressful, and at times, all-encompassing feelings of self-doubt.

Therapy for Adults

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

In addition to her focus on strengths and collaborative problem solving, Lisa also utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. CBT focuses on how we think and what we believe and then helps us gain insight into the impact our thoughts and beliefs have on our feelings and behaviors.

By exploring the way in which our past has helped shape our beliefs and attitudes, new, more constructive patterns of thoughts and behaviors can be learned.

Mindfulness

Mindfulness is often practiced in session and used to support the work of CBT to increase the ability to be present in the moment. This helps to create the internal space needed for all change in thoughts and behavior to occur.

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Heather Hill, MSS, LCSW

fullsizeoutput_4cfdHeather Hill is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Pennsylvania.

She earned a Bachelors Degree in Economics from Bucknell University and a Masters in Social Work from Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research.

She has been working with children, adolescents and adults for over 10 years helping them to address a variety of issues including depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, parenting and life transitions. She incorporates mindfulness, cognitive behavioral, psychodynamic, and family systems theories in her approach to clinical work. She is trauma informed, humanistic and holistic in orientation.

Adolescents

Adolescence is a time of great change and many teenagers feel vulnerable and confused. The developmental task of identity formation prompts them to ask themselves the big questions: Who am I? What do I want to be? How do I manage my overwhelming emotions? Heather provides an environment of warmth, acceptance, and safety for teenagers to explore these questions. Heather has extensive experience with a diverse population of teenagers, including LGBTQ and teenagers on the autistic spectrum.

Anxiety and depression

Anxiety and depression are negative mood states that rob a person’s sense of vitality, mission and engagement in life. Using cognitive and mindfulness approaches, Heather works with clients to reveal patterns of thinking and behaving that contribute to anxiety and depression. She is particularly interested in helping clients overcome social isolation and to feel connected to a broader community and sense of meaning.

Parenting

The pressures of parenting in our modern world can be overwhelming to even the most equipped parent. Heather is interested in helping parents manage the work/life balance and social media influences that challenge traditional parenting wisdom. Heather wants to especially support parents who have children with ADHD and parents of multiples.

The picturesque Fort Washington State Park is just steps from The Resiliency Center.

The picturesque Fort Washington State Park is just steps from The Resiliency Center.

Ecotherapy

Ecotherapy is an emerging field that has shown to be helpful in relieving symptoms of anxiety, depression, stress and ADHD. Heather completed a certificate in Ecotherapy from the Earthbody Institute and is working on incorporating Ecotherapy techniques into her practice. Ecotherapy envelops a wide variety of activities that help clients to awaken and/or deepen a connection to nature for the purposes of healing and growth. Heather is as likely to work outdoors as well as indoors with clients around these practices.

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Tracie Nichols, MA, IAC, CDF

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Tracie Nichols is a Career and Personal Leadership Coach.

I am a career and leadership coach dedicated to helping people who feel challenged by traditional work environments create meaningful careers they enjoy. Like the people I coach, I’m highly sensitive, introverted, and a Renaissance Soul (also called multipotentialed, scanners, or multipassionate).

One in every five of us has the trait of high sensitivity, and one in every eight to ten of us is multipotentialed.

A few of our gifts…

  • learn rapidly
  • process information deeply
  • innovative thinkers
  • very empathetic

Making us…

  • excellent collaborative leaders
  • innovative problem solvers
  • conscientious team members
  • good at being self-employed or entrepreneurs

These traits can bring some unique challenges, though, especially when navigating a career transition, crafting a long-range career strategy, or even thriving in our current work environments. Challenges that can erode confidence and lead to being underemployed, or unhappily employed.

I get the career challenges of being sensitive or multipotentialed.

I know how it feels when managers tell you you’re too sensitive, or when co-workers misinterpret your quiet, thoughtful style as aloofness. I get how hard it is to stay confident while friends keep asking when you’re going to pick one job and stick with it, or wonder if you’re ever going to figure out what you want to do when you grow up.

I understand how scary it feels to submit resumes and participate in interviews when your job history is full of frequent changes because the work got boring or the environment became intolerable. (too cold, too loud, too mean, too competitive, too dishonest…)

The experience I bring to our coaching relationship

In our sessions, I bring together practical career strategy skills and a compassionate, holistic approach so we’re supporting all aspects of you that might be effected by the changes you’re making.

My foundation includes:

  • Certification in Career Development Facilitation
  • Master’s degree in Transformative Learning and Change with an emphasis on Human and Organizational Transformation.
  • Skilled in a form of non-violent communication called Dialog as Spiritual Practice
  • Integrative Aromatherapy Certification
  • Training in several holistic wellness modalities including massage therapy and energy therapies. I no longer actively practice any hands-on therapies, but knowing how life change can stress our bodies helps me share truly effective resiliency practices with you.

So far my career has spanned everything from working in a corporate setting, to working in academic and nonprofit jobs, to spending the past seven years using a holistic coaching approach to help women find clarity and resilience in their lives.

Career Coaching with me will help you…

  • Identify values, personal goals and recurring themes and understand the key role they play for people who are sensitive and multipotentialed.
  • Discover your transferrable skills – those bits of experience that make you valuable in many different jobs
  • See the breadth and depth of your body of work (even if you haven’t had many jobs) building confidence and expanding career possibilities.
  • Develop a realistic career strategy based on your values, goals, skills, themes and existing body of work.
  • Build a toolbox of resiliency practices so you can persist during challenging times.

To help you create your meaningful, enjoyable career, I offer…

Individual Career Coaching

For when you know you need to make a change but aren’t sure how or when to do it

Career Strategy Sessions

For when you know career change is coming and you would like help, skilled guidance, someone on your side to make the transition one that improves your working life. Also for people at any point of career development ready to become intentional about understanding their unique genius and mapping their career trajectory.

Classes and Support Groups

On a variety of Highly Sensitive Person, Renaissance Soul career-related topics

Newsletter

Bi-weekly resources and encouragement

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Karen Steinbrecher

KarenSteinbrecherKaren Steinbrecher teaches Qi Gong classes.

As a certified Senior Fitness instructor for 23 years and a QiGong  practitioner for the last 15 years, Karen is able to personalize her QiGong sessions for her clients.

About Qi Gong

Qi Gong is a 5000 year old practice. Qi Gong consists of slow, meditative, separate standing exercises used for overall wellbeing and promoting a healthy flow of Qi [Chi – energy] throughout the body. Qi Gong is a form of self-care that is central to Chinese medicine by teaching you to integrate slow-flowing physical movements and breathing to counteract the stress and strain of daily life, to restore the body and the mind, and to improve health by strengthening the immune system.

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Dean Solon

Meditation Group Leader

Dean Solon

Dean Solon

Dean began to meditate during the winter of 1970-1971 after a series of experiences—external and internal—had led him to question the assumptions underlying his life.  Since that time, he has continued with a meditation practice, sitting twice a day, every day.

He has studied many of the world wisdom traditions, with particular emphasis on the teachings of the Buddha and Jesus, and in the shamanic and Sufi traditions. For the past four years he has been leading a weekly meditation group.

For more than 32 years he worked for the Social Security Administration, meeting with clients who were applying for and receiving SSI benefits (the needs-based program administered by the agency).

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Tracey A. Smith, M.Ed., CTRS

Recreational Therapy and Behavioral Health

Tracey is a nationally certified Recreational Therapist, through the National Council of Therapeutic Recreation, certified since 1983. Tracey has extensive experience in the behavioral health field specializing in Adjunctive Therapies and Program Development. She creatively uses Recreational Therapy to encourage resiliency and healing for participants.  Her mission is to promote Wellness and the “Playful Spirit” for individuals, families, and communities to help manage and maintain a stress-less lifestyle.

Wellness Education and Healing

Tracey is committed to promoting emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual health and empowering participants to experience greater well-being and actively engage in creating positive lifestyle changes. She also enjoys assisting participants in the healing process using techniques that encourage self-care, personal responsibility and resiliency.

Creative Programs that Get Everyone Engaged

Tracey has provided workshops and trainings for various populations including women, adolescents, teen parents, elementary school students, adjudicated/at risk youth and participants with recovery challenges. She enjoys designing an atmosphere where participants can feel safe to explore their own personal challenges, issues of self-care and lifestyle management, while learning alternative ways of healing.

Tracey’s workshops of special interest include:

  • wellness education
  • self-esteem
  • stress/anger management
  • resiliency
  • relationships
  • trauma, and
  • spiritual growth.

Utilizing the creative arts, her workshops are interactive and experiential addressing individual strengths and developmental assets to enhance awareness of positive choices. Her interactive and holistic approach to program leadership enables her to engage even the most resistant participant.

Restorative Practices

The programs Tracey facilitates integrate Restorative Practices, a positive communication style at the center of the conflict transformation model. She is committed to assisting in the creation of peaceable communities. As President of Wellness Wrks LLC & Associates, Tracey assures that her organization provides workshops that introduce participants into the healing arts such asReiki, Music for relaxation, Meditation, Aromatherapy, Tai Chi Kung, Visual Arts, Yoga, and Dance/Movement.

Clinical Experience

Tracey has provided consultation and professional staff development for hospitals, nursing homes, community-based, state, and non-profit agencies. Tracey’s clinical experience includes employment for ten years at Temple University Hospital, Department of Behavioral Health as Coordinator of Adjunctive Therapies, Director of Therapeutic Programs, and Director of Partial Hospitalization program. She has provided clinical supervision and department management for various disciplines and students, fulfilling the expectations of a teaching hospital, and served non-profit, municipal, government and private agencies in self-care and peaceable communities.

Certification and Professional Affiliations

Certified by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC).

NCTRC is a charter member organization of the National Organization for Competency Assurance (NOCA). NCTRC is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying agencies (NCCA), National Recreation & Parks Association (NRPA). Additional memberships and professional associations include:

  • Ethnic Minority Society Membership
  • The American Therapeutic Recreation association (ATRA)
  • The Institute for Restorative Practices and Institute for Family Professionals
  • The African American Holistic Healers Association

Programs at The Resiliency Center

Tracey has facilitated several different group workshops at The Resiliency Center and is always looking for new ideas for how to bring wellness and recreational therapy benefits to the community. Workshops led have included Women and Wellness, Teen Wellness Leadership, and Wellness for Women of Color.

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Rachel Kobin

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As the director of the Philadelphia Writers Workshop, Rachel Kobin currently offers two creative writing workshops in the greater Philadelphia region. Rachel uses the Amherst Writers & Artists™ method to create a supportive, collaborative setting for writers of all backgrounds. The workshop allows beginners to explore their unique voice, and provides experienced writers a forum where they can further develop their craft.

Rachel received her training in the Amherst Writers & Artists™ method with Alison Hicks. Alison Hicks is the founder and director of the Greater Philadelphia Wordshop Studio. Previously, Rachel was a member of the Havertown location workshop for eight years.

Career in Writing, Film and Television Production

Rachel Kobin has been a writer ever since she adapted Louise Fitzhugh’s book, Harriet the Spy, into a play for her third grade classmates to perform. Later, as part of her early career in film and television, she worked for the producer of the movie at Viacom.

Rachel’s experience as a professional writer and editor includes:

  • Critiquing screenplays
      • For filmmaker Jonathan Demme, Director of Silence of the Lambs, and Philadelphia
  • Editing of short stories, novels, non-fiction, and technical writing
  • Writing corporate communications, marketing communications, and advertising

Most of the time Rachel focuses on running workshops and advising private editing clients as they develop their manuscripts. With the help of her manuscript workshop writers, she makes time to write a TV pilot for a satirical series featuring dynamic roles for actresses ranging in age from 20 to 70.

Rachel finds helping writers navigate through the adventure of creating exhilarating. She is thrilled by long-time workshop participant Eric Bell’s recent success at finding an agent to represent him and his novel, Alan Kim is Not a Coward.

N.B. Although she is sensitive to emotional issues, and while writing can be therapeutic, Rachel Kobin has no official training or licensing as a therapist. Writing workshops can be a great compliment to therapy, but should never substitute for professional psychiatric or psychological care.

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