Imagine traveling along a path through a dark forest. You know you’ll reach the light because you can see it in the distance but it sure is far away. It will take patience and trust to get there. Along the way, you find some helpful people they offer comfort, company, soul food and helpful tools before lovingly sending you on your way. You continue on your journey feeling renewed and empowered until finally, you reach the light! It shines bright offering clarity and hope. You take a deep breath and continue on knowing you have all you need to weather any storm that may come your way…. Steady as she goes.
I received my Master’s Degree in Clinical Counseling from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, NJ. I have dedicated my career to working with women, childnre and families since 2003. I became a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in 2009 and have worked in non profit mental health agencies, school based mental health programs and residential treatment centers. Other areas of specialization include
- Attachment Focused EMDR Training (Currently In Progress)
- Yoga, Psyche, Soul: Yoga Therapy Teacher Training
- Authorized BBS Supervisor for AMFT, ASW, APCC
- Bringing Baby Home Facilitator, Gottman Institute
- 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training, AUM Ritual
- Level 2 Reiki Practitioner, Trilogy Sanctuary
- Mindful Motherhood Facilitator
In addition to my dedication to training and education, I have also cultivated my passion for yoga and mindfulness based practices. Doing so has enabled me to be more present for myself and others. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my husband and our daughter, traveling to visit our east coast family and exploring new places in the world.
Inspiration Behind Bring Back the Village
Italian in origin
Meaning: “to crown”.
Often referring to the crowning of the Virgin Mary.
Incoronata Morsella was born in 1903 in a small farming village located in central Italy. She is my great-grandmother, my hero and the inspiration for creating Bring Back the Village. I had the amazing opportunity to know and love her for 18 years of my life. She left her physical body at the age of 95 but her spirit lives on in me and through my offerings at Bring Back the Village.
She was a midwife in her village, she embodied strength, taught us the importance of being of service to others and that simply being present for one another is enough. Oh, and there’s nothing a bowl of Pastina can’t cure!
She grew all her food in her garden, made pasta from scratch, taught me how to pick the stems off of string beans and let me eat as many figs from the fig tree as my heart desired. But she was more than just a nurturing great-grandmother, she was the pillar of our family. She was the gatekeeper of our family’s culture and it’s traditions. We carry her in our heart, always.
As a mother, I am in awe of her spirit and strength. She kept moving forward, no matter what hardships she encountered, she simply kept going. She suffered the loss of two babies; a daughter shortly after birth and a son at the age of 4. She raised her two daughters as a single parent for many years while her husband traveled to the United States to establish citizenship for his family. She left everything she knew and loved; her parents, her village, her role as midwife and traveled to the United States to create a new life for her family. In 1948 she waved goodbye to her village, boarded a boat with her teenage daughters and made the 10 day journey to Ellis Island. Without knowing the language, the customs, or even how to use a stove she began to establish her new life as an American.
The amount of love and compassion in her heart was magical. I feel blessed to have shared 18 years of my life with her. It is my intention to embody her teachings of strength, compassion and dedication to those in need through my offerings at Bring Back the Village. I am honored to be on this journey with all of you.
Thank you, “grandma with the short legs”. Hope to catch a visit from you in my dreams!
“The problem with the world is that we draw the circle of our family too small.”
To schedule an appointment please contact me at 619-752-4529 or fill out the contact form.
Learn more about the services we offer:
Preparing for Parenthood
Infant / Parent Bonding
Children / Adolescents
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