Because we hold the stories of our Ancestors in our heart and this means we carry their hurt too. It’s heavy. It is time for us to invest in creating a lifestyle that heals ourselves, our children and our lineage.
Ain’t nobody got time for stress! NOPE!
Stress gets in the way of us creating our best life… Building meaningful relationships and Raising the children we love. It get’s in the way of our happiness.
Plus, stress hurts. Emotionally and physically. We can feel it as we make moves through the day.
…are seeking a safe space to learn the basics of meditation and mindfulness.
…are still making sense of challenging relationships and traumatic happenings…
… need support in nurturing the emotional health of your “mini-me” (your child)
…don’t want to do this healing thing alone…
or even if you…
…just want to explore ways of healing independently
I GOT YOU!
Our workplace is bustling, our families need us and we have so many goals to achieve. We get most of our to-do list down, but tend to forget to make time for ourselves. Our muscles ache, our mind has many thoughts, and fatigue is prominent… all messages from your mind, body and spirit, requesting your mindful awareness.
QiGong (pronounced Chi gong) is an ancient Chinese healing modality that integrates gentle movements, breathing techniques and intention. Over 2,500 years old, these exercises have been known to improve posture, support relaxation, prevent illness, improve sleep and nourish your organs!
Participants who commit to this Healing experience will learn simple QiGong Movements, Ancient Healing Sounds, Sitting/Standing and Moving Meditations for daily life. This is not your usual mind-body class, as there is reflection, journalling and discussion around the real life application of the Tao to our daily lives.
Open to all, folks who participate commit to the entire 6-Week series. Class times shift but tend to occur weekly. Space is limited.
NOTICE: Shawna Murray-Browne, LCSW-C is currently on Maternity Leave until late September 2017. She will not be accepting any new clients until October 2017.
NOTICE: Shawna is currently on Maternity Leave and will not be accepting new clients for Integrative Psychotherapy until October 2017.
This is totally NOT your traditional “lay on the couch and let me talk your head off” therapy. Ain’t nobody got time for that!
A healing experience in therapy with me, might begin with a few mindful breaths, a couple QiGong forms or even an enlivened moving meditation to get your energy flowing. We might sit on the floor on pillows and yoga mats, kick off our shoes and get comfy in an oversized chair or even do some processing and connecting outdoors. You might be sipping herbal tea, cool water or mindfully eating a bowl of grapes.
I hold the space for you to share your experiences, I support you in feeling your feelings, I offer insight and I guide you in taking another look at your journey thus far to support paving a new way.
I use my journey of overwhelming hardship and outstanding triumph to inspire and support. As an integrative practitioner, I address the whole YOU: Mind, Body & Spirit. I am known for my authentic and candid style, incorporation of evidence based practices and intuition.
Individual Therapy (For Women, Girls and Changemakers)
A Special Note on Adolescent Therapy
Adolescence can be really bumpy for the youth experiencing this point in development and scary as “all-get-out” for parents! I enjoy my work with youth blossoming in their development and most teens end-up enjoying their time with me (at least that’s what they said).
I work with parents/caregivers to get the whole story of what the youth has experienced and I listen to all that the youth has to say. I listen.
Now, don’t get me wrong, it get’s messy (emotionally); as I am straight up, non-judgmental and compassionate all at the same time. I will tell your teen the truth about their choices and teach them new skills to navigate their journey. I meet youth where they are, taking the time for find their interests so as to infuse those interests into their healing session. Sometimes this means using music, art, movement, pop culture, and technology to support their process.
The other side of this is that I create a real safe space for them to BE with NO FILTER… meaning, I only share with parents the details related to their child’s personal safety. I am committed to youth being able to BE THEMSELVES unapologetically (with quality guidance).
This work is a labor of love and as a result, I request that parents be as committed to their personal healing as they are for their child. While I am best known for my work with adolescent girls, I have also had some powerful experiences working with young men and am excited to support them as well!
And… Family Therapy (Couples and Parent- Daughter)
Family Matters matter. Its just the truth! Each person in a family of 2 or 10 brings something unique to the healing process of the whole. I take a look at generational patterns, family history and other stories as well as the entire family dynamic to offer space for creating a new norm.
This is for Black women who are sick and tired of being sick and tired! You know you deserve better, and you want change, so you are ready to remove the mask. You have been struggling to shake the impact of some tough life experiences, want to honor your BlackGirlMagic, and are OVER the never-ending assault against Black people in America.
This is for the Sista willing to commit so she can gain some healing tools, speak her truth and grow in sistahood. I know, I know… group sounds scary… especially if you’ve been on a #NoNewFriends kick… but I Promise you… with time in safe space, you will find yourself growing like never before. With accountability, insight and community… you will thank yourself (and your sistahood) for relief.
Sessions are weekly and occur in 6 week intervals. The series is $360 (sessions valued at $60 each) and last for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Sistas who participate commit to 6 weeks at a time.
Upcoming Group Therapy Dates: (Wednesdays) November 1, 15, 22, 29 and December 6, 13
Time: 7:30pm- 8:45pm
All those who participate are required to complete an intake session with me to get acquainted, share your hopes for the group and to be sure this is the right fit for you! I will answer all your questions and help you release the angst. Intake sessions are $150.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the cost?
A: The series cost is $360 when paid in full (that’s $60 per session) or 2 payments of $195 (that’s $65 per session) and sistas are asked to stick to at least 6 weeks at a time.
Q: May I use my insurance?
A: I am not on any insurance panels, instead I am an OON provider. This means you pay for your sessions up front and if your insurance has out of network coverage, I will provide a SuperBill so that you can request reimbursement. Many of my clients have received up to 85% back from their provider BUT…you must check with your insurance BEFORE the session to be sure.
Q: May I use my flex spending account?
Q: I can’t afford $360 (at $60 per week), are there any other resources?
A: ABSOLUTELY. Kindred Wellness is a community rooted practice and has received gifts from community to make our healing spaces more accessible. We have support, based on need, for up to 3 women to “pay-what-you-can”, inquire via email.
Q: Do I have to do an intake with you, first?
A: YES, Sis!!! This is a confidential, safe space that is new for everyone, so I want to get to know you and be sure this is a great fit!
Q: How is this different from Kindred Wellness’ #HealASista Circles?
A: Great Question! There are a few major differences…
(1) This is therapy. This means everyone in the space commits to confidentiality. What happens in the circle STAYS. There are no pictures taken, no hashtags. I become your therapist and We establish a private, confidential therapeutic relationship that I am bound to by law, (and heart).
(2) This requires commitment to true healing journey. It’s not a drop in space. The same sistas will be there each time for at least your set 6 weeks. So we can build on topics, unleash some truths and heal.
(3) I participate differently. I will focus 1000% on holding safe space, guiding the group and supporting your individual goals.
(4) The group takes ownership. It’s a collective process that grows overtime.
(5) ALL groups are facilitated by Me (Shawna Murray-Browne, LCSW-C
…there is more but I’ll leave the rest for intake.
The #HealASista Project is a Movement of Kindred Wellness that empowers Women of Color to renew their lives through movement, meditation and Sista circles, releasing stress and building sistahood.
Sistahood and meditation saved my whole life y’all!
It’s the truth. For years I yearned for genuine woman-to-woman relationships! I tried sister circle after sister circle. I had “friends” that totally were NOT friends. I experienced stress like no other… and it was Thee Worst Thing EVER.
As I changed my life and committed wholeheartedly to healing, I attracted different women. As I healed myself, my perception of women healed. As I sat at the feet of elders, I learned the Science of Sistahood. As I invested in genuine relationships, I morphed into the Sistahood Specialist. For Real! Now, when I sit at the center of my circle… all I feel is love.
But it took work! SO MUCH WORK!
The #HealASista Project is a culmination of all that I have learned in my walk and at the feet of elder women, all that I have studied and come to understand about breath and it’s connection to connection. Yep… After I became clear that I was “All-That-And-A-Bag-Of-Chips”… After I danced with forgiveness and took a gander at what history says about pain… I was like… “I GOTTA TELL EVERYBODY!”
From sacred healing spaces of authenticity and nurturing (on pillows, petals and smell goods), to questions posed and answered online about healing our deepest selves…. ALL the way to the HOURS I spent packaging everything I know about healing and placing it in ONE SPECIAL PLACE.
The #HealASista Project is for you if you know we cannot continue to be catty and stuck…
This Movement was made for sistas to come together and reignite love of self and to learn to honor your reflection in the eyes of her.
WHO: Circles are created to empower girls of color as young as 9 and as mature as 18. The circles may include up to 10 girls at a time.
WHAT: Circles provide safe space for discussion and activities for each girls self exploration and budding sistahood relationships. The program addresses where each girl is developmentally, from their experience in puberty and self care, to the exploration of their identity and their relationship/responsibility to the community. In an effort to expose girls to leadership and entrepreneurship roles, women business owners and professionals of color are invited to co-facilitate circles.
Activities include (but are not limited to): meditation, team building, visualization, art, and journaling, storytelling, creating music, challenging media, gardening and dance. Community trips and initiatives may be coordinated and executed with the leadership of the Sistas and guidance of parents as well as the facilitator. Involvement of parent/guardian in the Parent Council is required. Circles are personalized to address the needs of the girls participating. All topics are addressed honoring experiences in Blackness.
WHEN: Circles are established in through the leadership of parents who are passionate about cultivating a village and investing in the spirit of their daughters. Presently, a Circle is running in Baltimore County, bi-weekly on Fridays from 6:30-8pm.
Activities and topics are arranged seasonally. Topics include, but are not limited to:
Personal and Community Relationships
Interested in Enrolling Your Blossoming Daughter? Contact NaShey Ingram, LGSW at NaShey@HealASista.com.
Shawna helped me bring my goals to life! I had been sitting on the idea to create adult sex education classes for well... too long! When I brought this to Shawna during my Chief #HealASista Session, she held me accountable. I received guidance in strategy, implementation, curriculum development and I even planned a years worth of sessions for my clients. She helped me set and meet my deadlines with her honest and candid feedback. When it came time to execute my first workshop, Shawna attended and even gave some clear cut feedback for how to improve it in the future! I always left feeling charged and ready to get things done! Now I have actualized my dream and established VagEsteem!!!!
The #HealASista Project: Belly Dance Edition at Kindred Wellness LLC was so needed & right on-time! Genuine intention, open; full hearts = Kindred connections. Shawna Murray-Browne is a fantastically fun ("innertaining") facilitator w/great presence, skill and care.
[Since participating in the #HealASista Project meditation calls], I started meditating every day and began with 10-15 minutes. This has since increased to 20 minutes. I have followed various guided meditation. The impact it was and still is having on me is immense. I used to get physically unwell more frequently -now my ability to let my mind and body go into deep relaxation every day I feel has undoubtedly improved my immune system. I now feel more in control of my thoughts and if I 'slip' into a negative thought, I now acknowledge it but do not 'fuel' it. I now turn it around and try and replace with positivity. This is not easy--not after years of set responses! I've learned to be kind to myself and not be a slave to my past or be burdened by a future that hasn't happened. This has enabled me to appreciate the here and now. It's amazing when you have that awakening and it all began by meditating!!
Political campaigns are very taxing on the mind and body. As I prepared to embark on my journey to seek public office, Shawna worked with me to ensure I was mentally and spiritually prepared to take on the challenges ahead. She did such an excellent job helping me and I never felt more empowered to manage the stressful situations along the way! Thank you!
I signed up for Shawna’s 4-week Qi Gong series because I’d never tried it before. I am used to other ways of calming oneself, like seated meditation, yoga, etc. And from my experiences with her other events and programs, I knew she would be authentic, and teach me in a very unique way, as only Shawna can do! I had no idea the impact it would have on me! She is able to make the energy in the space completely safe and welcoming, enough for me to be vulnerable in ways I had not. And that is where the magic happened, and I felt real healing. If you are for real about healing hurts, discovering things about yourself, and finding peace, look no further.
Shawna is a knowledgeable and charismatic instructor who not only taught us QiGong and healing sounds, but also taught us ways to incorporate the meditations in our everyday life. Each class began with a 'Check-In' where each participant got the opportunity to express how their week has been going, the challenges & the positives. I'm not a very open person, so I thought that would be uncomfortable for me. But it turned out to be my favorite part of the class....having a safe space to express our thoughts and our feelings was very healing in itself. Especially in a time where everything is so hectic and overwhelming...it's nice to be aware of YOU in the midst of the chaos and be able to express that in a judgement free space. The bulk of the class included learning QiGong movements and learning the 6 healing sounds as well as the movements and organs associated with them. The most important thing I learned during this segment of the class was ways to be more grounded and aware of myself and my breathing and the power of being STILL and moving with INTENT. The meditations I learned, I used many times to regain balance. It's awesome to now know things I can do to attain the level of peace I desire. Class always ended with a Journal writing session. Just a couple minutes to write down all the things you were feeling and all the things you were aware of about YOU in the class. I felt so in-tuned with myself. I would HIGHLY recommend this class to EVERYONE. In fact, when the next session starts up (late September), I plan to participate again. AWESOME CLASS.
My overall experience was fantastic! [The QiGong for Calm and Clarity Healing Series] actually helped me find a way of breathing/meditation that involves motion. With regular meditation I easily fall asleep. I can [see] how this can be applied to my life. My favorite experience is the group sharing done before we start [the QiGong exercises]...it's sort of a group therapy... it's a low-key two-for-one!
Shawna Murray-Browne presents with enthusiasm and professionalism! When deciding on a guest speaker for our SisterGather series, her work, reliability and spirit made our choice an easy one. She has attended many of our events and when asked to address the group on the how trauma affects the brain, she arrived prepared with research, anecdotes and activities. Shawna is a delight and an incredible treasure in our community. If you are over- or underwhelmed, needing direction and/or motivation, feeling stuck or unsure about how you feel, please do your self the tremendous favor of scheduling some time with this SISTA!
I asked Shawna to help me with my Women's Womb Wellness event at The Living Well. I was blown away by her fitting right into and flowing with my vision for her part in the event! She was to be the clinical support system for the women who might experience emotional release and such, during our yoga practice, belly dancing, and discussion circle. Not only was she a huge help, she helped to create a safe space for us all to connect and share; not to mention the fact that she helped me to stay focused and timely as a facilitator! The best part is that Shawna does all of this with an honest and open heart. Thanks for all that you do Shawna!
Shawna facilitated the Keep Calm workshop for the Building STEPS high school juniors. What I loved most about the program was Shawna’s ability to connect with the students, and make them feel comfortable. The breathing techniques and stress management strategies Shawna taught are easy to apply to everyday life. Shawna’s glowing positivity made the workshop a fun, and useful learning experience.