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
*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
AVAILABLE FOR APRIL 2021
Kristen Avonti holds a B.A. from Hampshire College wherein she studied psychology and social work. She has a background in herbalism, doula work, supporting birthing families, and end of life doula care. She has a deep passion for the natural world and loves growing plants for food and medicine. Kristen 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 Holding Space Consultant and Transformational Life Coach, Kristen supports individuals in navigating the wilderness of our personal journeys, stepping through our thresholds of transformation, and finding our meaning making through the telling of our stories. In addition to offering Holding Space Consultations, Kristen is also a teacher of the Loving, Dying, and Letting Go workshop. Kristen’s passion lies in working with folks who are navigating the impacts of trauma in their lives, and those who are in the transformative process of discovering their authenticity and truth. Kristen’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. Kristen’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.
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.
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. Learn more.
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. Learn more.
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. Learn more.
Barak Morton holds an BSHS in Human Service Management and is currently attending Walden University for a Masters in Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling. Barak has been working in the mental health field since 2008 and has been holding space for a wide spectrum of populations. As a Marine Corp Veteran, Barak is proud to say that his two children are currently serving as active-duty Marines. Barak’s passion for veterans and adolescents has spanned his career as he has professionally supported youth in the juvenile justice system as well as helping begin a program for homeless veterans in Stanislaus County, California. Barak is experienced in running support groups for a myriad of at-risk populations including juveniles and adults on probation. Barak is passionate about the work of the Institute for the Study of Birth, Breath and Death and also teaches the Loving, Dying or Letting Go workshop.
Beth Anne Fisher 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
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.
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. Learn more.