Are you grieving?
Are you navigating a significant life transition?
Do you need a compassionate/mindful heart to hold space for you?

Holding Space Consultants work within a specific scope of practice ~ offering up their compassionate presence in a way that integrates mindful breathing, reflective listening, a focus on the body’s wisdom/sensations, and meditation.
*Holding Space Consultations are distinct from formal mental health counseling.

$120 per session
Institute members pay $60
*Pro-bono consults are available

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AVAILABLE FOR September 2022



Melinda Hitchcock ~ (she/her) 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.

Alicia Suárez ~ (she/her) 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 ~ (she/her) 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.



Beth Anne Fisher (she/her) holds a BA and Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI and a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) from the University of Colorado. She also holds relevant certifications and training in Holistic Pelvic Care, Maya abdominal therapy, health coaching, HeartMath, spiritual direction/ soul care, and a mindful movement practice (MELT Method L2). Beth Anne provides holistic pelvic health physical therapy services to those in female bodies using an integration of the above skills with an emphasis on gentle manual therapies and holding space for pelvic bowl stories of all kinds. Beth Anne sees the womb space in the female body as a “sanctuary” of sorts, and therefore identifies most with being a chaplain of that womb space.  While tending to the physical symptoms, Beth Anne intentionally and gently supports the connection between energy, emotions, and stories that women’s bodies hold including themes such as pregnancy loss, fertility challenge, trauma from difficult birth experiences, pain from pelvic challenges such as endometriosis, and difficulty moving through thresholds of female body experience such as the menopausal transition. Beth Anne is passionate about supporting others through gentle bodywork and/ or supportive listening practices to tend the messages and wisdom of their bodies while experiencing any kind of grief or loss through private consultations.  Learn More