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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Amalia Haas ~ (she/her) holds an M.A. from Yeshiva University, a B.A. from Oberlin College, and rabbinical ordination from Yeshivat Maharat. Amalia has trained in MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) and in a mindfulness practitioner who has participated in several week-long silent retreats. She is a GreenFaith fellow an Hartman iEngage Rabbinic Institute alumna. Amalia designs and teaches Judaism-informed honeybee education programs, sells raw honey and is “Rabba of the Bees” at the Shalom Institute in Malibu, CA. Amalia works at the intersection of mindfulness, food justice, and experiential education through her company Bee Awesome. She is training in chaplaincy at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Spiritual Care. A mother of six, she is attuned to the challenges faced by those who learn and process in non-typical ways. A native Chicagoan, she is committed to closing the gaps of savage inequality in our society. She is honored to be part of the Institute. Learn more.

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.

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.



Paule Johanne Toussaint-Parrish (Joie) ~ (she/her) 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. Learn more.