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What are Movement + Mental Health Pop Ups? Movement + Mental Health Pop Ups are a workshop series designed to help participants engage with mental health counseling and tools to improve mental health outcomes in a warm, welcoming and inclusive space. These workshops also discuss issues of identity and social justice to help make sense of who we are and the ways in which we engage in the world. All are welcome!
Why? Mental health is highly stigmatized and it’s often difficult to access treatment. We are bringing mental health to you - the community - in a welcoming and supportive space.
Expected Benefits? These workshops will feature access to a variety of treatment tools that you will leave encouraged to incorporate into your daily life. These workshops are also a great place to meet and engage with others facing similar struggles and seeking support.
CONSULTS + PSYCHOEDUCATION + MOVEMENT
11:00AM - 1:00pm
HOW DOES THERAPY WORK?
Sign up in advance for a 20min therapy consult with a licensed mental health professional (limited spaces available)
WELCOME + Mental health and Social justice
Speaker - Alison Mariella Desir-Figueroa, Dr. Riddhi Sandil
Positive self talk/self love
learn techniques to eliminate negative thoughts and replace them with self-love
Speaker – Rachel Gersten, jor-el Caraballo
Lean key movements to ease tightness and stress in your body
speaker - Wendy Winn, Custom PT
Tap into your creativity and begin to explore the benefits of using art to improve your mental and emotional well-being
Speaker - jessie Zapo
join us for an easy flow for all levels with poses you may add to your daily routine
Speaker - Josie Rosario
Your mind and body are intimately connected. And while your brain is the master control system for your body’s movement, the way you move can also affect the way you think and feel.
~ Dr. Srini Pillay
Alison Mariella Desir-Figueroa
Founder, mental health counselor
Named by Women's Running as one of twenty women who are changing the sport of running and the world, Alison is the founder of Harlem Run (an NYC-based running movement) and Run 4 All Women (an initiative that has raised over $160,000 for Planned Parenthood). Alison is currently a mental health counselor with Expansive Therapy.
Dr. Riddhi Sandil
I am a licensed psychologist and my clinical interests include complex trauma, working with marginalized/minority populations, women's concerns, identity development, individuation and family of origin concerns. I approach my personal and professional life from a relational, feminist and multicultural framework and enjoy developing mutually empowering and empathic relationships with others.
Licensed therapist, sixth street welnness
I am a licensed therapist with 9+ years of experience and provide in-person and tele-therapy to accommodate busy schedules and travelers. Whether you are coming to therapy for the first time or are seeking someone new, my practice will provide a safe, reliable space to work through challenges.
licensed therapist, viva wellness
Jor-El Caraballo is a southern bred, NYC made mental health professional who brings an affable and comfortable approach to his work with clients. He spent his undergraduate years at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and attended Teachers College Columbia University where he received masters degrees (MA, M Ed) in Psychological Counseling. Since then he has worked in a variety of settings providing mental health services and therapy to his clients. As Co-Creator of Viva Wellness, Jor-El believes that true wellness is about taking care of the person as a whole.
licensed art therapist, endurance athlete, running coach
Jessie has been practicing art therapy with teenagers in the public school system as well as court involved youth and young adults for almost fourteen years in New York City. Her early career began as a teaching artist with youth living in group homes, detention and residential treatment settings in Detroit. Jessie has a specific interest in helping youth engage with themselves and the community through art making. She is an internship supervisor for NYU in the Master of Arts Art Therapy program and has lectured locally, nationally and internationally on her work with youth and art therapy.
Certified Health Coach, licensed therapist, viva wellness
Rachel Gersten is a New York City therapist and health/wellness coach with a passion for helping people lead their healthiest lives possible. She completed her undergraduate degree at the Arizona State University where she double majored in psychology and human development. She attended Teachers College Columbia University and earned two masters degrees (Ed.M., M.A.) in Psychological Counseling.
Prior to starting Viva Wellness, she worked with diverse client populations in a variety of mental health settings. Rachel believes that wellness looks different on everyone, and works closely with clients to help them achieve goals that are realistic for them.
PT, OCS, Custom pt
Wendy Winn directs Custom Performance. She has been practicing physical therapy for over 12 years. Wendy holds a BS in Rehabilitation Services from Springfield College and a Master's Degree in Physical Therapy from Texas Woman’s University. She has an advanced specialist certification in Orthopedics from the American Physical Therapy Association (Orthopedic Certified Specialist).
mental health professional, yoga instructor
I have spent the last 11 years empowering the limitless potential in others in a variety of spaces and capacities. These experiences, along with many personal ones, informed my understanding of the profound need for healing and recovery in communities of color. Since pivoting my career to behavioral health, I serve children and adults as a mental health provider. Outside of that role, I am a yoga instructor and speaker, bringing dialogue about wellness and emotional well-being within women and communities of color into public and private spaces.
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