What is a Holistic Health Model?
Holistic Health is an approach to life that considers multidimensional aspects of
wellness. It encourages individuals to recognize and address the whole person:
physical, mental, emotional, social, intellectual, and spiritual. Each person is an active participant in the health and healing process, including wellness-oriented lifestyle choices. There are many approaches that have been cultivated over different disciplines to include medical systems, counseling, mind-body-spirit interventions, manipulative, and body-based approaches.
Each person that engages with Corazon participates in an assessment and collaborates in the development of an individualized treatment plan. Corazon practitioners work as a team on your behalf to help you develop the skills and knowledge to be successful in improving your overall health. Most of the remedies are used in conjunction with one another and may include but are not limited to; food as medicine, herbs, teas, art, movement, massage, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing), structural muscular (musculoskeletal) work, mindfulness, and Yoga. Referrals may also be made to our community partners for chiropractic work, medical interventions and other commentary and alternative medicines (CAM).
Melanie A. Peebles graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2007 with a degree as an education specialist focusing on marriage and family therapy and is currently a Licensed Addictions Counselor in the state of South Carolina. Melanie has specialized in working with trauma survivors for over a decade and is trained in trauma informed care, Trauma Recovery and Empowerment Model (TREM), and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Melanie has worked with trauma survivors individually, in their family units, and in group therapy. Melanie honors every client’s journey with safety and empathy. Melanie’s 16 years of clinical experience makes her well equipped to support your path forward.
The Holistic health approach is not new to Melanie. Even before understanding this approach Melanie understood the value in her own life. Understanding how her body is connected to her feelings and practicing yoga have been a journey of hers since the age of 13 when she read about yoga in a magazine and began to practice. Now as an adult Melanie has a personal understanding of how our bodies tell us how to care for
ourselves with movement, nutrition, and mindfulness.
Cynthia holds a Masters in Clinical Social Work which she obtained from The University of South Carolina. She is licensed to practice in South Carolina at the Master’s level, and has been working in the field of counseling since 2006. Currently she is advancing to a Clinical Independent license. Her professional history consists of providing counseling services for survivors of interpersonal trauma including physical, emotional, verbal, sexual and financial abuse for over 14 years. She has also assisted clients experiencing personal difficulties such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, stress-management issues, low self-esteem, body image issues, childhood trauma, and addictions.
Cynthia’s approach includes Narrative Therapy, Mindfulness Techniques, Motivational Interviewing, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Strength-based interventions. Cynthia is also a Registered Yoga Teacher, and completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Certification inNovember of 2020. This additional training has helped her better understand the mind-body-spirit connection, and to identify and work through stress and tension that is held in the body using different techniques for self-regulation.
Cynthia’s goal is to empower clients by identifying internal strengths, overcoming excessive and often chronic feelings of guilt and shame, challenging negative beliefs and replacing those with a more positive self image. Cynthia will work together with her clients to understand how they perceive the world, and which approaches may work best to facilitate healing. In Cynthia’s own words, “I consider it an honor and a privilege when a person trusts enough to share any part of their story, and I know personally the courage it takes to reach out for help and guidance” and she is here to support her clients while they learn to live life on their own terms.
Abby Montieth is a registered dietitian with 7 years experience in clinical nutrition. She obtained a BS degree in Nutrition Sciences from the University of Minnesota and completed her supervised practice with the DHEC Dietetic Internship. Abby has nutrition-related experience in general nutrition, kidney disease, geriatrics, diabetes, nutrition support, gastrointestinal conditions, etc. Instead of a "diet" approach to nutrition she focuses on gradual lifestyle changes. Her goal is to meet you where you are as it is not a one size fits all approach when it comes to nutrition.
Abby truly believes that nutrition plays a vital role in a person's physical and mental health which led her to Corazon Holistic Health. She enjoys making a personal connection with her clients in the unique way that the holistic model provides.
Clare E. Ellinger is an E-RYT 200 Yoga Instructor and certified Mindfulness and Meditation Instructor through the School of Positive Transformation. Clare is also a Graduate of the Duke IM Integrative Heath Coach Professional Training Program and is deeply passionate about helping others to heal from a variety of physical, mental, or emotional obstacles in an integrative and holistic approach. Clare has always found joy and healing through movement. This led her to become an NASM certified personal trainer, certified Pilate's instructor, and ABT certified ballet instructor and a Reiki practitioner . Clare incorporates elements of those training into her sessions to formulate creative and highly personalized practices to best meet the individuals' abilities, needs, and desires.
Katrina is native of Lexington, South Carolina and found the love of massage therapy over 13 years ago. Katrina uses her talents to facilitate healing and helping the body's natural function to thrive in a somatic environment. In a world of intuitive movements she acts as a guide to release, relax and repeat the body's natural quest for homeostasis. Through continuing education her practice is ever- evolving into a larger scope of healing modalities of peace. May you find your peace and dwell there. Ase'
Juliet is a E-RYT 500 Yoga teacher and a certified personal trainer. Juliet’s path to yoga started in 2000 when after 10 years of teaching group fitness, her Columbia YMCA supervisor convinced her to take a weekend teacher training program. That weekend training program sparked her
passion to learn more about yoga and share what she had learned with others. Since then, Juliet has had the great fortune to study with many amazing teachers. She completed a teacher certification program with Holy Cow Yoga in 2003 and with Carolina Yoga in 2009. She held an Anusara-Inspired certification from 2007 until April 2012, and is a Yoga Alliance, E-RYT 500 certified teacher. In 2016, she studied with Jill Miller, and became a certified Yoga Tune Up® teacher learning how to add therapy balls and corrective exercises into her yoga classes. She has also studied yoga as therapy extensively with Doug Keller and yoga for scoliosis with Elise Browning Miller.
Juliet teaches an alignment-based yoga practice with an emphasis on taking the body through a full range of motion eliminating pain, strengthening musculature around the joints, and down-regulating the nervous system. Her goal as a teacher is to create a fun, safe environment
for you to explore connecting your body and mind.
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Kimberly L. Kocak is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in the State of South Carolina. Kim is the founder and creator of the Corazon Holistic Health Model, a vision 10 years in the making. Kim took her own journey to understand self-care, nutrition, mind-body connection, which led her to create the Corazon Holistic Health model. Her love for her family and community is the spark and devotion that motivates her life.
Kim’s community service experiences include 6 years as a volunteer at CASA, while simultaneously being the founder and the chair for The Northwoods Foundation for 4 years. She has spent much time volunteering for her community through Habitat for Humanity, Driven, The Columbus Foundation, and many others. Kim is also a certified Patient Navigator, which laid a foundation for understanding the need to simplify complex health systems.
Kim has taken her lifetime of experiences and skills and created a model that addresses the interconnected complexities of health for each person. Kim’s understanding of the importance of nutrition, mind-body connection, emotional healing, mental health, navigating complex systems and self-care have culminated in the Corazon Holistic Health model.