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 offers a Holding Space + Covid-19 Circle of Care database of webinars offering support as we navigate this challenging global pandemic on every level ~ emotional, spiritual, financial, psychological, and specifically focused on grief work.




Charlotte CA holds an MA in Intercultural Communication and is a trainer/teacher focused on developing resilience through trauma. Char is a trauma/stress healing companion and resilience practitioner with heavy influence from the Somatic Experiencing field and Nkem Ndefo’s training on the ethology model of stress. She holds certification as a STAR (Strategies for Trauma and Resilience) practitioner, a Resilience Toolkit facilitator, is in ongoing training as an Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, and works as a Healing, Conflict, and Grief circle facilitator in addition to her work with us as a Holding Space consultant. Her commitment is to support individuals and groups in developing safety, wholeness, and transformative agency through or after traumagenic situations. She is deeply rooted in her physical practice, integrating somatic healing with Ashtanga Yoga, and leans on the shoulders of mentors and friends who have chosen to walk patiently towards healing with her. Learn more.


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. Learn more.




Melinda Hitchcock holds an MSW from Fordham University. In the last 20 years she has worked with families and individuals battling homelessness and addiction. At Little Sisters of the Assumption ~ a non- profit family health service in East Harlem, New York City ~ Melinda provided Spanish speaking services and support to immigrant families and refugees of all faiths to help them meet their most fundamental needs. At Angels at Risk in Los Angeles, California she helped guide students and their parents through life struggles and helped them build foundations for long term social stability. At In Balance Academy in Tucson, Arizona, a therapeutic boarding school for young men, Melinda used an array of experiential treatment modalities, including equine therapy, motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy and family therapy. Melinda now lives in upstate New York, while mentoring women in her community who are struggling with addiction and basic coping skills. Melinda’s life contains a myriad of experiences that, through triumphs and tragedies, have brought her to the reality of living her desires and being of service to others. Her focus is specifically on the development of the individual and the healing and strength of family relations through positive solutions.  Her passion for her work extends beyond self, and her education. Her goal is to provide guidance and hope for all those who come under her care.

Laura Tashjian holds an M.A. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy with a focus in humanitarian studies, gender and conflict resolution and completed a certification in Global Nutrition Programming. She works in the field of gender justice and is a professional birth doula, lactation counselor and trained in bereavement and trauma-informed yoga therapy. Laura is deeply rooted in practices of meditation and somatic explorations through yoga, sound/music and mindful intuitive movement. She anchors her work around themes of sacred connection, cultivating healing through loss, inter-generational trauma, and navigating the vulnerable edges of cultural identity and social injustice. Laura accompanies individuals with compassion, deep listening and an open heart. Learn more.




Alicia Suárez holds a BCE from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez. She also holds certifications as an educator, birth/postpartum doula, breast/chest feeding counselor, and yoga teacher. Alicia’s compassionate and mindful presence enables her to hold space for people navigating significant life changes including, but not limited to, death of a loved one, separation/divorce, pregnancy complications, caring for elderly/sick parents, loss of income/job, and the passing of beloved pets. Her work is greatly influenced by her studies in Body-Mind Centering®, as well as her background in perinatal psychology and mindfulness meditation. In 2013, Alicia founded La Luna Azul, a full-spectrum provider of holistic childbirth services located in New York City which focuses on supporting a spectrum of families through birth, adoption and/or surrogacy. In addition to offering Holding Space Consultations, Alicia is also a teacher of the Loving, Dying, and Letting Go workshop and has been trained by the Institute in art of group facilitation. She is humbled at the opportunity to witness and support the emotional journey of people of all races, gender identities, and financial standing. Alicia is fully bilingual and happy to offer her services in both English and Spanish. Learn more.

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, Holding Space Consultant, 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.  Anne is passionate about supporting clients to heal and transform their body-mind-spirit from the inside out.  She taught nutritional healing and provided wellness consults to clients from all over the world at Onsite — a therapeutic retreat center world-renowned for healing trauma. She specializes in supporting clients to move out of “dis-ease” from post-traumatic stress into greater ease and emotional freedom.  She brings a compassionate presence and years of knowledge & expertise 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.”  Learn more.



Clare Duplace holds a BA in Elementary Education from Warren Wilson College and is currently receiving an MA in Mindfulness Studies, through Lesley University. Clare was previously a teacher for 12 years and has received certifications in numerous alternative healing modalities- Herbal Medicine, Reiki levels 1 and 2, Acupressure, as a children’s yoga teacher and with flower essences. Clare believes strongly in supporting one’s emotional well-being and has been working with flower essences for grief and many things, for over a decade. She recently started a mini-business called MoonFlower, creating flower essence blends for each phase of the moon. She is almost a full-spectrum doula- currently a birth, postpartum and death doula and will soon be receiving her training as an abortion and pregnancy loss doula. Clare has always been called to a path of service and showing up for others, throughout her life. After losing her mama to a glioblastoma in 2017, she has been journeying in learning about grief and death for herself and how to hold safe space for others during these times of loss and sacred transitions.