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CREATING YOUR BALANCE

  

Balance and calm is not something you find, it is a state of being you create.

End your struggle with painful emotions, anxiety, lack of purpose, insecurities, reactivity, self-sabotaging, and dysfunctional relationship patterns, with the power of neurosensory exercises, parts work, self-leadership and nervous system science.

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I'M ATHENA

Passionate researcher and educator

Compassionate counselor and coach

 

I provide an empowering, educational, skills-building approach. With a master's of science in professional counseling, a master's degree in human and organizational behavior, and certificates in clinical trauma recovery, mindfulness, somatic embodiment and nervous system regulation, I have mentored thousands of clients to break-through suffering and toxic shame, overcome maladaptive behaviors, limiting beliefs, inner-criticism, relationship distress, and more in order to gain self-connection and self-leadership to thrive on a daily basis. 

Create the you, you want to be.

Learn, do the work, incorporate action-oriented methods to understand, honor and guide yourself with self-trust and balance.

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COURSES

My courses provide information and tactical practices derived from the most up-to-date, scientifically proven methods. Guide your healing today, while providing empowering skills that last a lifetime. 

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COACHING

Rather than traditional talk therapy or passive listening, I actively engage during sessions with attunement, collaboration, creativity and solution-oriented psychoeducation.

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COACHING

Be the architect of your own family and parent in alignment with your values. Learn to connect with yourself so you may wholeheartedly connect and communicate with your children. Fantastically model social and emotional health skills and more.

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Give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and feed him for a lifetime.

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FEEL REAL RESULTS

  

I provide evidence-based approaches through coursework and sessions to build self-awareness, self-connection and self-leadership. We know lifting weights builds muscle. We now know, based on the latest neuroscience, we need daily neurosensory and emotional health exercises to build our neuroplasticity, resilience, self-connection and mental strength. 

 

By learning and practicing the daily exercises within the nine coursework categories, you can expect to feel real results, such as the following.

  • Feel aligned with your unique purpose and personal values

  • Realize how to fulfill your sense of belonging and connection needs

  • Ability to speak your unarguable truth

  • No more self-sabotaging behaviors

  • No more Dreaded Drama Triangle

  • No more power-struggles and codependency patterns

  • Confidence and trust in yourself

  • Self-compassion and self-discipline

  • Understand nervous system regulation

  • Know how to process painful emotions and triggers

  • Foundation of balanced boundaries 

  • Mindfully respond to challenges instead of react

  • Understand your own and your loved-ones' maladaptive protective strategies ('parts') 

  • Feel comfortable and safe in relationship, as you prioritize and communicate your needs, values and boundaries

  • Have discernment, trusting only those you deem trustworthy

  • Refuse to tolerate maltreatment and make this clear in your words and actions

  • When dealing with rejection or breakup, you face reality, learn lessons, and take time to grieve and heal

  • Although you don't like disappointing others, you accept you can't please everyone

  • Capacity to create wholehearted, fulfilling relationships and friendships

Delivering the body from functioning as a storage room for suppressed emotions brings a sense of natural love and ease, a spaciousness, that we commonly call happiness."
Somesh Curti, PhD

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EMPOWERING

EDUCATIONAL

TRANSFORMATIVE

As you navigate your inner world and incorporate tangible skills in your daily life, you build trust in yourself, learn how to process painful emotions, breakthrough suffering and depressive states, navigate relationship distress, and wholeheartedly connect with yourself and others.

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course 1

VALUES AND PRIORITIES

ACCEPTANCE WORK

Creates clear perspective of where you are in life versus where you wish you were. Provides your mind and heart with the information it needs for self-forgiveness, grieving, letting go, and healing.

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INNER CRITIC WORK

PATTERNS AND CLEANSING

Identify patterns, such as people-pleasing, perfectionism, procrastination, resentment and avoidance, and transform them into assertive communication, proficiency, and connection.

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BALANCED BOUNDARIES

CLEAR COMMUNICATION

When you understand your needs, wants, limits and boundaries, you can communicate clearly. It's also essential to realize who is trustworthy and how much to share with others. 

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course 2

SELF LEADERSHIP

EMOTIONAL REGULATION

We are not born knowing how to regulate our emotions. It is a a skill we must learn and practice. Learn to process painful emotions and flashbacks, depressive states and breakthrough suffering.

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course 5

INNER CHILD WORK

INNER CONNECTING

Heal past wounds by gently processing them in the present with Inner Connecting, a journal practice that turns self-connection into a tangible activity rather than an abstraction.

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course 8

DREADED DRAMA TRIANGLE

UNARGUABLE TRUTH

Speaking your Unarguable Truth is a communication power tool. Feel empowered, connection, and aligned with your truth, your boundaries, needs, wants, values and your Self

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course 3

TRIGGERS, STRESS-TYPES

MALADAPTIVE REACTIONS

Identify where you are stuck on "autopilot" and repeating maladaptive protective behaviors.

Learn to calm your nervous system and ideally respond to triggers rather than react.

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MINDFUL SELF COMPASSION

SELF-CARE METHODS

Mindful Self-Compassion provides action-oriented, evidence-based practices that alleviate anxiety, increase motivation, oxytocin production, goal-achievement and connected relationships.

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SECURE ATTACHMENT

LOVING CONNECTION 

Learn to enjoy a sense of comfort and safety in relationship, as you prioritize your needs, values and boundaries. Be discerning, trusting and open to receiving love from those deemed trustworthy.

 
 

Client Experiences

"Truly grateful for all you have done for me... I can feel so much of a shift... I have had dozens of therapists throughout my life, but I have never felt more valued and understood while working with you. Thank you for helping me live my life again."

"I feel so lucky to have found you as my expert guide - helping me through the rough waters of divorce and on the road back to myself. You've made such a difference in such a short time frame."

"Thank you for all your help over the past several weeks. I am a totally different person because of you. You have definitely restored my self-worth and pushed my confidence to move forward with my life and career."

"I just wanted to say thank you for your gift... it is wonderful... as I am, for the first time in my life, seeing and feeling healing!!!!!!"

"I wouldn’t have found my way back to myself without you. Thanks for your inspiration and support."

"I hope you have a smile knowing how you are really having a healing impact on other people because of what you walked through yourself. Thank you for everything!"