Andrea is a Sound Healer, and Reiki Master in the Usui tradition. She holds a bachelor degree in Community Nutrition and Dietetics, and a graduate degree in Applied Healing Arts from Tai Sophia Institute in Laurel, MD. She also completed the Institute for Integrative Nutrition program in NYC, and has studied sound healing with Edie Jemiola, Patricia Norton, and Tom Kenyon along with nearly 10 years of spiritual healing study and support with Ed Rothwell of the Thunderboom Institute.
My healing work flows from my own life journey. I have been shedding the layers for many years–the thoughts of not being good enough, the fears of what others think, the striving for approval and validation from the outside, the trying to get somewhere that I’m not, the illusions that I’m not OK just as I am, etc.
I sincerely believe that my personal growth and healing journey was catapulted to a whole new level when I started receiving Reiki. I was led to the resources and support in the months and years that followed which allowed me to slowly and gently break free from the layers distorting my vision of who I truly am. I learned about my tendencies to people-please and rescue others, and gained invaluable skills to feel my feelings and stay connected to myself in relationship, through what is now called Emotional Brain Training. I had been working as a Registered Dietitian, and was feeling burned out and ineffective within the healthcare system. When I stumbled upon the Institute for Integrative Nutrition twice in about 6 months, I took a risk and did the 9-month program. I was relieved to find what felt like “home” in the nutrition world. The approach resonated with me deeply, and I moved to a private practice in Holistic Nutrition Coaching where I was able to empower my clients to feel better in their bodies and prevent disease…all with more ease.
About the same time, I discovered Tai Sophia Institute and the graduate program now called Transformative Leadership and Social Change. I was drawn like a magnet, despite never having a desire before then to seek another degree. My time at Tai Sophia widened my world and deepened my work in ways I couldn’t have imagined, and I enjoy sharing with my clients the many truths and simple daily practices I learned. Through my time at Tai Sophia, I also began to awaken my passion for music and singing. This led to a few sound healing trainings, the challenge of letting go of the stories I had created about myself around singing, and taking steps to begin to incorporate sound into my work with clients. By this time, I had taken Reiki Trainings and was already incorporating it into my work, particularly when clients had emotional issues related to their eating patterns.
Eventually, the hands-on healing with Reiki and singing with the crystal bowls became the central passion I was most excited to share with others. These modalities have supported me on my journey of shedding the layers of “shoulds” and external pressures in order to connect with and embody my most authentic self. The transformations taking place in my clients have continued to confirm my direction. It is truly an honor and a privilege to support each one on their unique journey.
“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” ~ Anais Nin