Airmid Wellness and Counseling Offers Group Therapy Sessions Starting Soon

Airmid Wellness and Counseling Center, of Warrington, is offering a range of group therapy and wellness programs to support local families and individuals.

42299544 - cute small girl hugging her pet dog isolated on white“People often feel as though they are the only ones experiencing problems. In a group, they can look around, know that they are not alone and feel supported,” says Airmid’s Co-Founder, Dottie Kelly, a licensed professional counselor, EMDR practitioner and registered nurse.

The therapy groups are forming now. Each will meet for four to six weeks beginning at the end of September. All programs are led by highly trained, licensed and experienced mental health professionals.

Teen Empowerment for Girls Ages 14 to 17 helps young women to learn about the strengths of their personality to help them make good choices, avoid peer pressure and deal with bullying. Interested parties should call 267-897-3327.

For kids on the Autism Spectrum, along with children that carry diagnoses of PTSD, ADHD, ODD, anxiety and depression can benefit from Social Skills for Ages 7 to 11. Sessions provide intensive and fun social skills training to take out into society for children with and without diagnoses. Call 484-380-5587.

Coping with Addicted Family Members is intended for adults. Sessions will focus on how each person can take care of him or herself while supporting the addict in his or her family. Call 215-230-3727 or 215-406-7713.

For kids that have been impacted by sexual abuse, Airmid offers Courage to Heal for Kids and Teens The group session adds the support and shared experiences of peers who have been through similar situations. Call 484-380-5587.

Managing Time for Sports & the Rest of Your Life is designed for high school and college student-athletes to help them to manage the stress of the combination of school and sports and find a balance among all of life’s responsibilities. Call 267- 272-5320.

Find out why someone is “a pain in the neck” while another is “a pain in the butt”. Body-Centered Stress Relief helps people to become aware of their stress and how to alleviate it with consciousness, movement and breathing processes. Call 215-262-2273.

Sand Tray & Play Therapy Room Gnome.jpg For male and female adolescents ages 13 to 18 struggling to control their emotions to reduce problem behaviors and increase skillful behavior, DBT Dialectic Behavioral Therapy helps teens to experience a range of emotions without necessarily acting on those emotions, allowing them to improve relationships with family, school and peers. Call 610-733-9194.

For those interested in learning various methods of quieting the mind, Meditation 101 will help attendees make a connection to his or her “Greater Self” on a regular basis, make better choices and develop a deepening appreciation for life. Call 215-262-2273.

Co-Founder Marianne Welch Salkind, a licensed professional counselor and EMDR specialist with two decades of experience, envisions Airmid as a community where mental health can be embraced, rather than stigmatized. “Group therapy is an excellent way to feel connected to others that are experiencing the same things, and we want to make it accessible and affordable,” she says.  

Location: Hartsville Professional Village, 1260 Old York Rd., Warminster. For more information about classes, pricing, schedules and practitioners, call the above numbers, visit or call 215-920-4325.


Crystal Bed Therapy in Light of John of God Visit

ED_JohnOfGod-ElaineBerk_0316Elaine Berk offers Crystal Light Therapy from John of God at her Newtown practice, Evolving Soul, LLC. From October 3 through 5, John of God will visit the Omega Institute, in Rhinebeck, New York.

Who is John of God, and why is this such an anticipated event?
John of God is a medium often referred to as the “Brazilian Healer”, though, he is the first to admit it is “God that heals, not me.” I am quite fortunate to have visited both The Casa de Dom Inácio, in Brazil, where I am a Casa Guide, and Omega Institute to see John of God. For me, the high vibration energy, the peace, the love, the healing and hopefulness—even among those with dramatic/traumatic health issues—has always been palpable. He has helped to heal and provide guidance to millions around the world for 66 years.

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JourneyDance with Kelly Thomke

ED_JourneyDance-KellyThomke_0917Quakertown’s Kelly Thomke is a certified JourneyDance facilitator, trained by its creator, Toni Bergins. The dance form is a departure from kinetic or yogic dance and seeks to cleanse and heal the mind, body, soul and spirit through freestyle movement. Set to inspiring world music, JourneyDance participants move barefoot and with eyes closed as they let go and become transformed.

You have been facilitating JourneyDance for several years. How does it feel different now compared to when you started?
Now, it’s a richer and juicier dance, and it’s always fulfilling. Also, it’s not as scary as it used to be. It’s still so wonderful for me to see others open up during the dance and work through whatever they might be going through.

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HeartSpeak: Unwind the Mind and Set the Heart Free


by Julie Vitto

Emotional stress can be related to all kinds of symptoms, including physical pain, digestive disorders, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and falling short of one’s potential. It can make life feel like a series of repeated mistakes, where longstanding issues make change feel nearly impossible to achieve. These roadblocks to understanding the mind-body continuum can widen the chasm between the “real” self and the self that’s on display.

Thankfully, Anne Jensen, Ph.D., developer of the new emotional healing and stress reduction tool known as HeartSpeak, has tapped into a solution for these issues and is excited to share results with the world. Jensen’s groundbreaking research at the University of Oxford shows that the non-invasive technique known as muscle response testing has the ability to help reveal what stresses the body and triggers the mind. Thus, finding the truth of an individual’s mind-body experience is well within reach.

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Therapeutic Healing for the Soul: Discussing Quantum EFT with Delia Nessim

ED_DeliaNessim_0917What is EFT?
Emotional Freedom Techniques, or EFT, is a tapping technique that relaxes the nervous system and accesses the subconscious mind. It is similar to hypnosis except that with EFT the client’s conscious mind is also active and can provide input about patterns and fears.

How does Quantum EFT differ from standard EFT?
Have you ever wondered how it’s possible that a six-year-old can play the violin like a virtuoso? Or how a person can pick up a second language and be fluent with almost no exposure? Perhaps deeply rooted skills and talents are not completely erased from one lifetime to the next. Perhaps the things that invoke passion and emotion are more likely to stay embedded in a person’s soul.

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Cannabidiol Oil Can Alleviate Anxiety in Canines

ED_Cannabidiol_SusanMcIntyre_0917Susan McIntyre has been a licensed physical therapist for over 30 years, with a background in orthopedics and sports-related injuries. In 2008, she attended the Canine Rehabilitation Program at the University of Tennessee’s School of Veterinary Medicine. She also has certification in Canine Massage from the Pet Massage Institute.

In December 2008, McIntyre and her husband, Scott, opened Fit For A Dog, in Ardmore, to provide a comprehensive, canine rehabilitation and wellness facility to the Eastern Main Line.

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Pennsylvania Medical Cannabis Program

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by Tom Santanna

Over the last year, the Pennsylvania Department of Health has implemented the legislative Act 16 of 2016, allowing for a medical cannabis program, without any major delays. Regulations have been drafted and published, and the first round of licenses for growing, processing and distributing medical cannabis have been awarded.

Seventeen qualifying conditions allow patients to receive medical cannabis therapy, including HIV/AIDS, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, spinal or neurological indication of spasticity, inflammatory bowel, Huntington’s disease, Crohn’s disease, post-traumatic stress disorder, intractable seizures, glaucoma, autism, sickle cell anemia, neuropathy and pain, defined in the statute as “severe chronic or intractable pain of neuropathic origin or severe chronic or intractable pain in which conventional therapeutic intervention and opiate therapy is contraindicated or ineffective. Continue reading

Aging Gracefully from the Inside Out


by Lisa Feiner

Aging gracefully often means staying as young-looking as possible. Annual doctor visits check the blood, heart, reflexes and medications. Yet, attention is rarely given to our brains unless we experience memory problems. It should go without saying that aging gracefully does not include developing dementia.

Statistics show there is good reason to focus on brain health. The World Health Organization estimates the number of people living with dementia worldwide to be 47 million and projects that number to almost triple by 2050. By age 65, Americans have a 12 percent chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease, a specific type of dementia, and by age 85, that number increases to almost 50 percent.

The good news is that dementia is not a natural part of aging—it often has specific causes that can be addressed, treated and reversed, sometimes completely. The brain, like all organs, can be monitored and checked over the course of our lives. A variety of diagnostics, from eye exams to inflammation markers in the blood, can be used to identify an underlying issue years before signs of memory loss become apparent.

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Healthy Aging with Hillery Woods

CRG_RootsAndWings-HilleryWoodsSiatkowski_0917In 2010, licensed massage therapist Hillery Woods founded Roots & Wings Therapeutic Bodywork, in Quakertown, to provide customized, restorative and preventative therapies informed by the principles of Tibetan Buddhism, ayurveda, Breema bodywork and permaculture. Her clients include elderly adults as well as those recovering from injury or living with chronic illness.

What does healthy aging look like?
In my massage practice and yoga classes, I am constantly inspired by my elderly clients who show me living examples of healthy aging. The ones who are receiving regular bodywork sessions, staying active and laughing seem to be living a meaningful life.

How do relationships impact meaningful living as we age?
The idea of meaningful living being rooted in relationships starts with the relationship we have with ourselves. According to the science of ayurveda, each person needs to pay attention to their inner dialogue. Our thoughts, feelings and emotions have a direct effect on our overall health. This is the primary relationship to nurture.

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Finding the Silver Lining in Grey Divorce

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Aging with passion and purpose will often result in a re-evaluation of life, with a focus on making sure the future years are secure, healthy and, most importantly, happy. For an increasing number of older couples, this may mean a separation or divorce later in life.

In fact, divorce among older couples, or “Grey Divorce”, has become much more common. Family Law attorney Jennifer J. Riley explains that Grey Divorces require special attention and care because unique issues are often present. “The most common questions we answer for older clients involve the impact of a divorce on their retirement savings, or how divorce might impact their social security payments,” says Riley. “In a Grey Divorce, we need to safeguard health insurance and address long-term planning as part of the divorce process.”

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Reiki at End of Life: Healer Natalie Bliss Shares Her Experience

ED_AscendHospice-Natalie Bliss_0917What is your name and where do you live?
Natalie Bliss, Philadelphia.

How long have you been volunteering for Ascend Hospice?
Five years.

How often do you volunteer?
As often as once a week, depending on the needs and location of the client.

Why did you decide to enroll in this program?
As a Reiki Master Teacher, I feel it is important to respond to people’s need for healing. Since the concept of “hospice” in general carries a stigma in society, I felt that the need was probably greater among the hospice population than anywhere else I could volunteer.

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The Doctor’s Office, Evolved: Local M.D.s Launch Fully Integrative Health Center


by Karen G. Meshkov

Montgomery Integrative Health Group (MIHG), located inside a beautifully renovated, historic schoolhouse in Wyndmoor, feels more like a community center than a doctor’s office. Announcements for yoga classes and acupuncture sessions are handwritten in brightly colored chalk while patients and staff bustle about, creating an energy that’s warm and inviting.

The differences between MIHG and traditional medical practices are many. Here, patients are “members” that experience a host of unique benefits, such as personal health assessment coaching, an onsite chiropractor, acupuncturist and massage therapist, as well as community classes and meetup groups.

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