At ENLIGHTENING PATHS TO WELLBEING patient and practitioner are partners in the healing process. All factors that influence health and wellness are taken into consideration with a broader understanding of the nature of illness and healing. The care addresses the WHOLE PERSON including body, mind and spirit in the context of community as well as lifestyle, habits and prior experiences that have impacted our current sense of self. We work the whole person rather than just the illness.
Our philosophy is based on the belief that the ENLIGHTENMENT is already here and now and is that is our true nature or the true nature of reality, it is not that we have to achieve it or become it; but rather we need to remove the obstacles to its expression. WELLBEING is a state of general contentment with life and the way things are. Is also seen as a sense of self and satisfaction and our ability to live our lives as closely as possible to the way we want to.
Our goal is to assist each of our patients to reach a greater knowledge and understanding of self and its own situations and so to reach Enlightenment and the sense of Wellbeing.
Mariana is originally from Colombia, South America; graduated as a psychologist in Colombia in 2004. In 2006 moved to United States, and in 2010 worked as the lead teacher of a 2 year old classroom implementing a Montessori approach, that lead to be recognized as the classroom with better learning outcomes in the center in that year. In 2013, completed the Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling. In 2016 became a Florida Licensed Mental Health Counselor. In 2018 received the certification for Trauma Incident Reduction Facilitator (TIR), and in 2019 became a Florida Qualified Supervisor.
Through the years of commitment to the mental health profession, she has been honored with different awards, and recognitions including the 2018 Florida Distinguished Healthcare Diversity Advocate award by the Florida healthcare Diversity Summit.
By working in the community she developed, and lead the “First Suicide Prevention Workshop” in Immokalee City in 2019 . She has also participated in radio and TV interviews to promote access to Mental Health and Substance Use treatment. She was also recognized in the Magazine “Bella: Inspiring, Empowering Woman” in the segment “Woman to Watch” on two separate editions.
Mariana has worked with different types of mental health diagnosis including anxiety, depression, mood disorders, oppositional defiant disorders, obsessive compulsive disorders, schizophrenia and related disorders, substance use disorders, dual diagnosis, and post traumatic stress disorder. She also has experience working with high risk clients and in mental health emergency services settings
As a committed professional in the mental health field, I strongly believe that wellness is a balance in the different aspects of an individual including physical, psychological, spiritual and environmental areas of someone's life. .
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