Consultations

Are you grieving?


Are you navigating a significant life transition?
Has someone you loved died due to Covid-19 or during this pandemic?
Are strong emotions, insights, and personal struggles rising up given recent anti-racism work/protests?

Are you feeling scared, worried, lost, overwhelmed, and alone?
Is parenting, schooling, working and navigating social distancing overwhelming you?
Do you need a compassionate/mindful heart to hold space for you?

Welcome to Holding Space Consultations

All of the Holding Space Consultants listed below have completed an advanced Holding Space Consultant training with Institute founder, Amy Wright Glenn. This training supplements, and builds upon, prior training and years of professional experience as birth and/or death doulas, social workers, and mental health professionals ~ qualifying each Holding Space Consultant offer quality 50-minute one-on-one consultations during the course of the Covid-19 pandemic ~ and beyond.

Until the World Health Organization deems the Covid-19 pandemic to be over, all Holding Space Consultants commit to offering a portion of their monthly Holding Space Consultations pro-bono for individuals who are suffering on a significant financial level due to the struggles, losses, and strifes of this pandemic.

Holding Space Consultants work within a specific scope of practice ~ offering up their compassionate presence in a way that is distinct from formal mental health counseling, but nonetheless powerful and meaningful. Holding Space Consultants integrate moments of mindful breathing, a focus on the body’s wisdom/sensations, and meditation.

$120 per session
Institute members pay $60
Each Holding Space Consultant offers pro-bono consults during the course of the Covid-19 pandemic 

To schedule a consultation 

*The Institute also hosts a donation-based Holding Space + Covid-19 Circle of Care offering weekly online support as we navigate this challenging global pandemic on every level ~ emotional, spiritual, financial, psychological, and specifically focused on grief work.

 

HOLDING SPACE CONSULTANTS


Melissa Ming Foynes holds a Ph.D from from the University of Oregon and she has completed fellowships at Yale University School of Medicine and the National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Melissa is a clinical psychologist, national educator, and co-founder of a therapy practice specializing in complex trauma, grief, and loss. She has held academic appointments at Harvard University and Boston University. She has expertise in traumatic losses (e.g., loss of children, loss of loved ones to suicide, murder, illness, accidents, natural disasters) as well as grief and loss related to the perinatal period (e.g., birth trauma, obstetric violence, miscarriage, stillbirth) and pediatric medical complexities (e.g., cancer, autoimmune disorders). She also frequently consults with professionals who have experienced trauma, grief, and loss in the course of their work. She is deeply committed to working with people who have experienced discrimination, trauma and/or loss due to some aspect of identity like gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and religion. She has authored over 60 peer-reviewed publications, book chapters, and educational products, and has trained thousands of professionals. To learn more, visit: www.openhearttherapy.com

Tobie Spears holds a BA in Sociology and Political Science from the University of Utah and she has completed a Certificate in Criminology from the University of Utah. Tobie is the Founder of the nonprofit Guatemalan Humanitarian Tours where she leads humanitarian-minded expeditions to explore Guatemala while paying it forward. Since 2007, Tobie has been working as a birth and postpartum doula where she has volunteered with the Utah Doula Association as President, Vice-President, Mentoring Chair, and Retreat Chair in service to birth and postpartum doulas across the state of Utah. For 13 years, Tobie has assisted  families through the excitement of birth, the sorrow of loss, and has a particular focus/expertise in supporting people through postpartum depression, anxiety, and psychosis. Tobie is honored to be able to offer private consultations for individuals as they travel through life’s journey. To learn more, visit: ghtours.org

 

 

 


Naima Beckles holds an MA from Loyola Marymount University and taught middle and high school students in Los Angeles, DC, and New York City. Naima is an educator, doula and founding director of For Your Birth – an intentionally diverse doula agency. Soon after the birth of her first child, she chose the work of supporting expectant parents and earned certifications from Lamaze and DONA.  While training with Amy Glenn Wright in a pregnancy loss course, the desire to hold space for life’s big losses, including death, was sparked.  As a teacher, doula, and mother; Naima lovingly stands alongside individuals navigating difficulties and triumphs. Naima offers private consultations with individuals who are experiencing any kind of loss during this confusing and difficult time.  To learn more, visit: www.foryourbirth.com

 


Alicia Suárez holds a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez. She is also an educator, birth/postpartum doula, breast/chest feeding counselor, and yoga teacher. Her work is greatly influenced by her studies in perinatal psychology, as well as her background in anatomy, kinesiology, physiology, and embryology education. In 2013, Alicia founded La Luna Azul, a full-spectrum provider of holistic childbirth services located in New York City. Since then, Alicia has worked with multicultural, heterosexual, and same sex couples in their desire to grow their families through birth, adoption and/or surrogacy. Her mindful presence and capacity to be with another from a heart of compassion and loving-kindness, enables her to hold space for people experiencing change, loss, and grief due to complicated pregnancies, pregnancy loss, separation/divorce, as well as for those mourning the passing of beloved pets. Alicia offers consultations in English and Spanish. To learn more, visit: www.lalunaazulnyc.com


Charlotte Azad holds an MA in Intercultural Communication and is a trainer/teacher focused on developing resilience through trauma. Charlotte is a STAR (Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience) practitioner, a Healing, Conflict, and Grief Circle facilitator, and works with front-lines peacebuilders in Central Asia and the Middle East as a debriefer and consultant. Charlotte holds space for productive tension between groups of varying backgrounds. She is deeply rooted in her physical practice, integrating somatic healing with Ashtanga Yoga, and leads practice rooms as well as one-on-one yoga work that is trauma informed for holistic healing. Charlotte is in learning process as an SE (Somatic Experiencing) practitioner and walks with individuals working through experiences, seasons, or memories that feel overwhelming with the goal of finding easier breath.


Kathleen Putnam holds an MS from Bastyr University and founder of NutritionWorks, with a specialty in nutrition science, mindfulness, and lifestyle coaching in Seattle WA.  Kathleen is a Registered Dietitian, Certified Parent Coach, Educator, Group Facilitator, Food Therapist, Certified Death Doula, and Life Coach specializing in Life’s Transitions through Grief and Loss.  Kathleen supervises graduate students at Bastyr Natural Health Clinic and has served as Associate Professor of Nutrition and Human Development in multiple higher education institutions in the Seattle area.  With decades of work as a trainer and provider with the Dean Ornish Lifestyle Medicine and Laurel Mellin’s Emotional Brain Training programs, Kathleen has built a foundation of skills and tools of mindfulness, responsive education, group facilitation, and coaching that has led to the desire to be a healing presence for those experiencing transitions through loss, grief, and end of life.  Kathleen’s known for her ability to meet people where they’re at while creating a safe and loving space free of shame and stigma. As a parent, partner, sister, daughter, and a survivor of divorce, Kathleen welcomes the opportunity to join the community of Amy Wright Glenn as we collectively and individually learn and grow to hold space for those in need.  In a fun side project, Kathleen and her friends developed the nutrition bar, Zing.  Kathleen offers coaching for individuals, parents, and families going through life transitions of loss, health, and end-of-life transitions and facilitates grief groups.   www.NutritionWorkSeattle.com and www.KathleenPutnam.net

 


Heather Tolley holds a B.Sc. in Psychology from the University of Utah, has completed graduate level counseling training as an interfaith healthcare chaplain (Clinical Pastoral Education), and specialized training in supporting survivors of abuse and sexual assault. Heather offers compassion and skilled emotional support to those going through life’s most challenging experiences and specializes in assisting individuals and families who are in the midst of crisis and grief. Through her work as an interfaith hospice chaplain, she has helped many people transition through physical decline and prepare for the end of life. Having also trained as a birth and bereavement doula, Heather has offered support to individuals and families through both birth and death. Heather is honored to support those experiencing faith crisis, spiritual transition, and survivors of religious trauma. She supports the healing process by bringing softness to sharp moments through skilled listening and loving kindness.

 

 

 


Paule Johanne Toussaint-Parrish (Joie) holds an Ed.S in Counseling from Rider University. Joie is the founder of Joie de Vivre Family Services. She is a Master Teacher, Educator, Birth Doula, Life coach, Parent Coach, Wife, and Mother. Joie holds an Administrative Certification from New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association and has taught and coached for the Trenton Public School System in New Jersey for over twenty years. Since 2005, Joie has worked in a variety of capacities to support children, women and families in vulnerable populations.  She specializes in creating safe, sacred ceremonies that creatively honor the special moments in life as her mission and goal is to assist people to find joy throughout the various season of life. Joie’s work has assisted her in serving people throughout the seasons of life, from birth through death. To learn more, visit: www.joiedv.org

 

 


Kay Parsons holds B.A. at Hampshire College wherein she studied psychology and social work. She also studied holistic healing and is a transformational life coach. Kay is a “midwife for the soul” who has dedicated her life to tending our most vulnerable and tender thresholds of growth, transformation, grief, and loss. As a birth doula, childbirth educator, and pregnancy counselor Kay supports families as they navigate the journey of pregnancy, birth, and stepping through the thresholds and heart’s journey of parenting. As an end of life doula, ceremonial celebrant, and Holding Space Consultant, Kay tends to the thresholds of grief, loss, and the wilderness of our mourning journeys. Kay’s approach to care is founded on a belief in the sacredness and power of our stories and the ways in which they give us meaning and a sense of place within our lives. Kay’s deeply attuned presence and calm, caring authenticity invite a courageous bravery to rumble with our stories, get to know our hungry ghosts, and venture into the meaning making that occurs when we are lovingly held in our most vulnerable truths and stories. To learn more, visit: www.soulmidwifery.org


Anne Ferrier Crook holds a B.A. from American University in French Language and Western European Studies.  She is a Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, AADP, Certified Birth Doula, CD(DONA), and Certified Medical Interpreter, CMI-Spanish.  She has worked in many facets of healthcare for the past 20 years with regard to holding space for life’s sacred thresholds. Being a “birth worker” in both a traditional and non-traditional sense, she is passionate about supporting clients to heal and transform their body-mind-spirit from the inside out.  Anne taught nutritional healing and provided wellness consults to clients from all over the world at Onsite — a therapeutic retreat center world-renowned for trauma resolution. She specializes in emotional healing from post-traumatic stress bringing a compassionate presence to clients as they explore the deeper meaning of “soul care” while courageously navigating life transitions.  Her writing has been featured in childbirth magazines, online publications, and a best-seller book called “Thresholds: 75 Stories of How Changing Your Perspective Can Change Your Life.”  Anne offers consultations in English and Spanish.  To learn more, visit: www.integrativeradiance.com