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ABOUT

My Story

"Love is the answer to every question you've ever had."

I started using mindfulness for my son around 2007 (but not for "me"). In 2012-3, I went through multiple major life changes, including a separation/divorce, the decision to work from home to care for my son, plus a spiritual journey. That was when I finally started using mindfulness for myself. The end result was the life-altering decision to have all aspects of my life reflect my newfound belief in the ability of mindfulness and love to transform and heal. This beautiful realization came through spiritual retreats and a personal meditation and Sufi practice, but I also wanted professional credibility so I could teach this to others (especially other parents of neurodivergent children). So, I re-trained in mindfulness via several different evidence-based programs and decided to create my own when I couldn't find one that met all my needs as a professional and as a parent. I would love to share my newfound peace and joy of living with you, whether you are a neurodivergent adult looking for answers, the parent of a neurodivergent child struggling to connect with your child, or just someone on your own spiritual journey. 

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Let the beauty of what you love, be what you do.

 

Rumi

Education/Career/Licensure

Education

  • BS in Biology from Columbus State University, Columbus, GA

  • MA in Clinical Psychology, GA School of Professional Psychology/Univ. of Sarasota, Atlanta

  • Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology, GA School of Professional Psychology/Univ. of Sarasota, Atlanta

Practicums (Externships): 

  • Shadow Rock Psycho-educational Elementary School, Atlanta (Diagnostic Assessment)

  • Emory University Autism Center, Atlanta (Therapy for Children and Families) 

  • Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital (Childrens Healthcare Of Atlanta), Atlanta (Pediatric Neuropsychological Assessment/Treatment)

Internship: University of Miami School of Medicine/Jackson Memorial Medical Center, Miami, FL 

(Pediatric Neuropsychology Track)

Post-doc:  Supervised Private Practice by Dr. Nick DeFilippis, ABPP-CN (Pediatric and Adult Neuropsychology)

Career

  • Founder, Quantum Qun (2023 - current)

  • Founder, National Alliance of Testing Psychologists (www.naotp.org) (2021 - current) 

  • Co-Founder, Alchemy Heart Academy (2021 - current)

  • Founder, Mindful Living, LLC (2016 - current)

  • Psychological Consultant (2010 - current)

  • Director, Mental Health Services, CCTF Rapid Ready, Columbus, GA (2015 - 2022)

  • Director, Psychological/Neuropsychological Services,  Columbus Speech & Hearing Center, Columbus, GA (2009-15)

Licensure/Registrations/Certifications

GA Psychology License #3392 (http://verify.sos.ga.gov/verification/)

New Mexico License #PSY-2023-0002 (https://nmrldlpi.force.com/bcd/s/public-search-license?)

Florida Telehealth Provider Registration #217 (http://www.flhealthsource.gov/telehealth/)

PSYPACT Mobility #4852 (Telehealth psychology practice allowed in the following states: AL, AZ, AR, CO, CNMI, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, ME, MD, MI, MN, MO, ND, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NC, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WV, WI & WY; see https://psypact.org/page/psypactmap for latest states)

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International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards

Certified Autism Specialist #21172625 (www.ibcces.org)

Pain Reprocessing Therapy® Certified Practitioner

HeartMath™ Trauma-Sensitive Certified Practitioner

National Register of Health Service Psychologists #57331(www.nationalregister.org)

 

Board Certification in Telehealth Professional Level II (BCTP)(Telebehavioral Health Institute)

PDA North America Level 1 & 2 Trained (Pathological Demand Avoidance training)

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Relevant Training/Experiences/Certifications in Mindfulness

  • Certified Mindfulness Meditation Teacher (MMTCP -- Two Year program through U.C. Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center with Dr. Jack Kornfield/Dr. Tara Brach -- Accredited by IMTA.org)

  • Cognitive-Based Compassion Training at Emory University with Dr. Lobsang Negi

  • Certified MYmind teacher with Dr. Susan Bögels from University of Amsterdam

  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) training through University of Massachusetts Medical School

  • Mindful Self-Compassion training through the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion with Dr. Kristin Neff, Dr. Chris Germer, and Ms. Natalie Bell

  • mPEAK (Mindfulness coaching for High Performers) training with Pete Kirchmer at UCSD.

  • Plum Village Neuroscience Mindfulness Retreat, Thénac, France

  • Eckhart Tolle's School of Awakening graduate (6 month mindfulness training)

  • Certified Qigong & Tai Chi instructor (Dr. Paul Lam's Tai Chi for Health Institute--evidence based program -- http://tchi.org/)

  • Certified Mindfulness Teacher - Professional Level, International Mindfulness Teachers Association----(https://www.imta.org/)

*Please note that trainings resulting in certifications are identified as such

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Member of the Following Professional Associations/Boards:

  • Georgia Psychological Association (Fellow; Treasurer 2018 - 2021; BOD/Columbus Chair, 2009 - 2015)

  • Georgia Psychological Foundation (President 2023-current; Board of Trustees 2021 -2023)

  • Asian American Psychological Association

  • National Academy of Neuropsychology 

  • International Positive Psychology Association

  • International Mindfulness Teachers Association

Additional Activities:

  • Medical Advisor for The Zone (mental well-being app for student athletes -- www.itsthezone.com)(2021-current)

  • Co-Host for On Your Mind radio show on Atlanta's WRFG Radio (2022-current)

  • Frequent podcast guest (speaking about mindfulness, mindful parenting, self-compassion, spirituality, and positive psychology) (2019-current)

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