I’m Shawna and I am so super excited about the fact that you’re right here… on my site… reading this sentence!
I believe that everything happens when it is supposed to and that everyone gets connected for a reason. So, welcome. Allow me to share a bit about myself…
I was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland to the most genuine parents, who till this day teach me so much about endurance and connection. You see… I’d watched the most resilient in my family succumb to addiction after experiencing generations of trauma. It was in middle school that I made a vow to help women, children and families heal; just when I understood that that was the appropriate follow-up to immense pain.
Through it all… healing was the name of the game.
I always focused on what I could control… this meant I was a scholar. I earned straight A’s throughout my academic career and always sought genuine connection. I’d always had a knack for feeling the emotions of others, seeing things from many perspectives and problem solving. I experienced happiness… but I was not happy. I was in college when the childhood pain I stuffed in my heart began to erupt. This is how I came to explore healing through: meditation, mindfulness, therapy, sistahood and heart-centered connection.
It was NOT in my plans to become a social worker, but my gifts and my purpose led me here and I am so happy I listened. My commitment to healing deepened as I was privileged to help others through their journey.
I noticed the scarcity of safe space for teen girls of color to express themselves, engage healthily with their peers, develop skills for womanhood and learn about Black History; so I created it Then, I learned about the importance of making holistic healing accessible to the entire family and began studying family patterns of trauma. Once I connected each girls struggle to her mothers pain, the idea to establish The #HealASista Project and to offer Integrative Psychotherapy began showing up in my dreams!
So… I submerged myself into Mindful Moments, readings and sought out guidance from leading experts in my field. I studied traditional forms of healing from around the world, energy work, crystal healing, herbal remedies, movement and was later led to Mind-Body Medicine. I began to transform my practice in embodiment work and began learning the art of QiGong for myself and everyone else’s complete wellness. In short, I began this journey with healing myself and I am so grateful to be able to share what I have learned, with you.
You have the power to heal yourself! I am simply a guide.
We are powerful reflections of each other.
When you commit to your healing… it transforms your past and present generations.
That something as simple as breathing can change the trajectory of your entire life.
We must get out of our heads an into our hearts to establish genuine connection.
I absolutely positively LOVE Strawberries!
I have a collection of healing crystals.
I love traveling and I have visited Brazil, Egypt; Mexico, Costa Rica, Canada and Barbados, (All of them were my favorite).
I spoke at the United Nations as an undergraduate student and again in January 2016!
I admire, the late, Dr. Maya Angelou.
Yellow is my favorite color and the India Arie song, “Yellow”, makes me dance… every time!
I was the equivalent of Homecoming Queen at my alma mater, University of Maryland, College Park. They call it The “Spirit of Maryland Award” (Don’t ask me why.) GO TERPS!
Shawna Murray-Browne, LCSW-C is the owner of Kindred Wellness, LLC, an integrative practice dedicated to honoring culture, expanding mindfulness, and holding safe space that empowers professionals & families to heal themselves.
She holds a Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland, Baltimore and a Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Family Science from the University of Maryland, College Park. Shawna completed the Advanced level training in Mind-Body Medicine at The Center for Mind-Body Medicine , headquartered in Washington, D.C. She is a Licensed Certified Social Worker- Clinical (LCSW-C), a Certified QiGong Instructor, Speaker and Mind-Body Medicine Practitioner. She has over 9 years experience serving children and families in the human services field including, working with victims of sex abuse, children and adolescents in foster care, juvenile detention centers, after-school programs, public schools and residential treatment centers.
She provides personalized, culturally-affirming integrative psychotherapy, workshops and Mind-Body Skills groups that honor the healing power of art, movement, breath and connection to nature. Shawna enjoys holding safe space for parents, children and human service professionals.
Shawna is a member of The Greater Baltimore Leadership Association (The Urban League) and the Pressley Ridge Board of Directors (Maryland).
When she is not showing others how to heal themselves, she finds peace in meditation, yoga and gardening. She enjoys traveling abroad, spending time with her sistas and with her husband, Brian.
Kindred Wellness, LLC is an integrative practice dedicated to honoring culture, expanding mindfulness, and holding sacred space that empowers women, girls & families heal themselves. Shawna Murray-Browne, LCSW-C provides holistic psychotherapy, coaching, retreats, classes and trainings for the community as well as passionate human service professionals.