When: December 17th, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Where: Santa Cruz High Library, 415 Walnut Ave, Santa Cruz
What: An hour presentation, followed by an opportunity to get your specific questions answered by our Dietician and Therapist.
Presentation by: The Lotus Collaborative, Eating Disorder Recovery Center, Santa Cruz and San Francisco, http://www.thelotuscollaborative.com/.
Counting calories? Gluten-free? Going vegan? Vegetarianism? Juice cleanses? Grappling with the confusing food messages and choices in our culture is difficulty at any age. As parents we are faced with the challenge of deciding what constitutes a healthy and "normal" relationship between our teens and their food choices. Experimentation with food and diet culture has become close to inevitable in the life of teens.
Join The Lotus Collaborative's Registered Dietician Christina Gaunce and Eating Disorder Therapist Lauren Reppy, for an evening of education on the "thin-line" between diet and disordered eating. Learn how to navigate through the tricky balance of relaxation and firmness when it comes to our teens and their health.
Alyssa Strong, Body Paint Artist
Alyssa Strong is a native Santa Cruz lady who has been deeply passionate about art and creating since her early days as a child. She is currently studying Fine Arts and Spanish at Cabrillo and is preparing to transfer into a University next year to continue her studies. She has discovered that her greatest joys come from art work, community and of course, the beauty and meditation the ocean has to offer. She has been blessed to receive the compassionate guidance that Lotus offers and was able to cultivate a healthy relationship with not only food, but her spirit. She now dedicates her life to continue the work of recovery and her promise to nourish her authentic soul.
Alyssa learned her trade of face painting from her grandmother six years ago and has been working for various fairs around the Bay Area as well as individual events. Her body art is very unusual, for unlike most face painters, she does not cover the entirety of the face, but rather uses her designs as highlights.
Teresa Sweeney, Registered Nurse, Aromatherapy &
Doterra Wellness Advocate
Teresa has been involved in the health and wellness field for over 30 years.
First as an Aerobic instructor, then fitness director and personal trainer.
She has worked with many different clients educating them on fitness techniques and helping them to embrace and love the body Mother Nature gave them.She now practices as a Registered Nurse. She has unconditional love for her patients and has helped many men and women make healthy lifestyle changes. Teresa understands that most all Physical Illness, or Disease is directly related to Lifestyle choices. Studies have shown that “Stuck emotions never die”, and “Physical Ailments stem from Emotional Trauma”, are both valid ideas. Teresa has a strong belief that our body can heal itself given the right “medicine.” She educates her patients and clients on changing their diet, reducing stress and decreasing toxic impact. She understand the importance of hydration, physical activity, and the use of holistic modalities to create the balance between Spirit, Mind and Body.Teresa has been a Wellness Advocate with Doterra (The #1 Essential Oil Company in the World) for over 2 years. She is an essential oil educator and promotes wholeness along with helping others take charge of their body, mind, and spiritual needs. She is certified in the Aroma Touch Technique, a light-touch massage therapy practice and has performed well over 100 healing sessions.Teresa’s goal is to educate, empower, and inspire her community to be the managers and producers of their own personal health, and to make lifelong changes that will increase their quality of life.
TRUTH BERENSON, CMP
Integrative Counseling & Energy-based Bodywork
I practice psychologically and spiritually focused process bodywork which integrates energy based modalities and counseling techniques. I am a Certified Massage Practitioner trained in polarity therapy and massage through Cypress Health Institute and I currently attend Interchange Counseling Institute. I have an intuitive, discerning, and nurturing
presence and approach each individual with high regard and compassion. Listening to the inherent wisdom of the body, I support healing and growth within one’s immediate experience as well as in the broader context of one’s life. A session with me may provide you with:
∙ release of physical and emotional tension
∙ grounded self awareness
∙ connection with your intuition
∙ inspiration to live in your integrity and with self responsibility
∙ confidence to powerfully identify and communicate your desires
∙ spiritual and creative insight
Polarity Therapy is an energy based bodywork system that integrates Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine,
Osteopathy, Naturopathy, and other Eastern and Western healing modalities. Encouraging the body’s natural healing ability, it frees blockages in one’s body-mind-spirit. The therapy helps to balance the five elements of Ether, Air, Fire, Water, and Earth in your body and how they show up in your life.
Downtown SC Clinic
108 Locust Street #4
Santa Cruz CA 95060
Lyona Thibault is a Medical Intuitive, Clairvoyant & Energy Medicine Practitioner. Her clientele are local & global. She has practiced and taught yoga for over 25 years. Lyona studied to become a Certified Skydancing Tantra Facilitator after a powerful life-changing Kundalini Rising experience.
This is when her psychic abilities profoundly increased. Ultimately, gaining mastery, she entered her current profession. Lyona is the creator of Therapeutic Ocean Immersion a BlueMind Practice & she is the founder of
Santa Cruz Natural Healers Network.
She lives in Bonny Doon with her beloved, delights in life & plays in the ocean.
Kim Stewart, Esthetician
Hello my name is Kim Stewart. I was born and raised in London, England. I happily live and work in San Francisco and have my own skincare business. I have been an Esthetician for 14 years. It is a blessing and a privilege to have found a career that not only helps people feel good about themselves, realizing that the external appearance of blemishes, wrinkles or dullness of skin seriously affects one’s confidence and self esteem; so I strive to make you feel and look radiant and younger every day. Caring for people’s needs and pampering them with TLC is my specialty. I believe in keeping fit and healthy, so I use the best organic skincare ingredients: “Eminence Organic Skin Care products” These ingredients are freshly handmade in Hungary. We often get caught up in every day life activities and we forget about our own needs. That is why I'm here to make sure you receive the best skin treatment and care for your well-being.
Join us for next month's healing collaborative with couples and sex therapist Melissa Fritchel, Wednesday November 12th, 9:30am-11:00am
Melissa Fritchel , presenting Empowered Sexuality as a Part of Healing.
Sexuality is a powerful and integral part of our lives. Yet many healing professionals feel uncomfortable and ill-equipped to bring up sexual concerns with their clients or to support clients in creating empowered sexual lives. In this workshop, holistic sex therapist Melissa Fritchle, LMFT will provide ways to bring sexual health into your assessments, to honor the role sexuality plays in healing, and ways to make this topic more comfortable to talk about for you and your clients.
Melissa Fritchle has a vibrant private practice as a licensed marriage and family therapist, sex therapist and sexeducator in Santa Cruz, CA. Her focus is holistic, always honoring the integration of the mind, body and spirit and diversity. She is adjunct faculty for two Bay Area graduate programs in Counseling Psychology and travels in the US & internationally to provide workshops and trainings.
In 2011, she was awarded the Sexual Intelligence award for her groundbreaking work providing sex positive training for counselors and caregivers in Uganda. This year she worked in Kenya with a group of priests and nuns addressing sex positive approaches to sexual issues within the clergy. Melissa is the author The Conscious Sexual Self Workbook, due to be published November 2014 and writes an ongoing blog on sex and relationships. For more info www.mf-therapy.com
We believe proving quality eating disorder treatment is only one piece of a very complicated puzzle. We believe, that to be fully committed to the treatment of eating disorders, means actively working to change the social climate that helps create them. Which is why The Lotus Collaborative is beyond excited to join their sponsored team of UCSC students at The Body Positive's fall leadership training this coming weekend! The 2 day training prepares teams of students and educators to become compelling body positive leaders and role models and to lead initiatives that reinforces the importance of healthy eating, positive body image, self-love and mindful self-care. Our goal is to use this training and education to not only inspire, but to empower students to create a cultural shift in the way they perceive beauty and their our own bodies.
It's a tall order but we believe....that together......ANYTHING is possible. Are you ready!? Lets do this.
To learn more about The Body Positive check out their website at
The Lotus Collaborative is excited to announce our second Northern California location in the beautiful city of San Francisco, opening soon! Our Eating Disorder Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) offers programing 7 days a week, 7 hours a day. Our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) offers eating recovery support 4.5 hours a day, 7 days a week. Click below to watch a video message from TLC founder, Dr. Liz Esalen and our SF allstars!
Thank you to Plus M Productions for another beautiful video!