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 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.
HOLDING SPACE CONSULTANTS
AVAILABLE FOR SEPTEMBER 2021
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.