Well here we are! The faces you will see in and around Gathered and Grounded. We are so fortunate to live in an area with rich resources...human resources. I continue to network to find the right people to welcome in our doors, to share their passion and knowledge with our community. This list will continue to grow! ~Marnie
Marnie Grodzin ~ Holder of Space for Gathered and Grounded LMSW, 200 hour yoga teacher training through The Center for Integrative Yoga Studies, Certified Grounded Kids Yoga Teacher, Trained in Path of Freedom Mindful-Based Emotional Intelligence
If you want to hear my professional road with twists and turns stop by for a coffee. For now here are some words I believe describe me.
Passionate, determined, inclusive, sensitive, independent, funny, connector, book nerd, awesome with faces, learning to be better with names, love listening to people's life stories, problem solver, trees, flowers, yoga, meditation, MUSIC, art lover, one can never have enough friends, friends come in all shapes/sizes/colors/ages, handy woman (thanks to my Pop who taught me to be handy and self-sufficient).
My Motto: Connecting People and Building Bridges
Jennifer Chase Finch, LPC, Certified Mindfulness Instructor
Jennifer Chase Finch was a practicing licensed professional therapist for almost two decades prior to founding Be Here Now Mindfulness. She earned her Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology from Appalachian University, Boone, NC. She is a Certified .b Instructor through the Mindfulness in Schools Project. She is a Certified Mindfulness Instructor through the Open Heart Project. In addition, she has been educated in The Still Quiet Place curriculum for children ages 4 and up, Sitting Still Like a Frog for children ages 4 and up, Cognitively Based Compassionate Therapy (CBCT) through Emory University's Tibetan Partnership. She has taught mindfulness techniques to children, teens and adults and has worked in many clinical settings including hospitals, inpatient units, Community Mental Health facilities, University of North Carolina-Asheville, and the Duke Addictions Program--Duke Medical School.
Kate Brambrut, M.A. NCC, Integrative Health Coach
Kate is a National Board-Certified Counselor with a Master’s in School Counseling from George Washington University. Kate spent five years working as an elementary school counselor for high risk students in the D.C. area before moving back to Atlanta, where she worked as a middle school counselor for several years. After seeing firsthand how effective books could be in helping children deal with social and emotional challenges, Kate co-wrote a book, “That’s My Story Too”, that currently serves as a resource guide for counselors, parents and teachers in how to use bibliotherapy effectively with children. Kate is currently completing a program in Integrative Medicine Health Coaching at Duke University, which will complement her counseling strategies with children but will also expand her practice to include families in their journey toward wellness. Kate lives in Oakhurst with her husband, two school-aged children and dog. Kate will be accepting clients aged 6-12 who are experiencing anxiety and she will also be leading a Worry Warriors group for children who are more comfortable in a small group setting.
LeNaya Smith Crawford, MAMFT, CYT
LeNaya earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Spelman College and her Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy with specializations in Trauma Therapy and Child and Adolescent Therapy from Richmont Graduate University.
In addition to her degrees, she completed her registered yoga teacher (RYT-200) training and is also certified in playful children’s yoga.
With over 10 years of experience working with children and families, LeNaya is passionate about helping her clients become happy and healthy! She specializes in working with children, couples, teachers and families with a variety of challenges, including ADHD, anxiety, social skill struggles, behavior challenges, friendship/relationship issues, grief and loss, family/life transitions, divorce, and low self-esteem.
She takes a collaborative approach when working with her clients. She believes that her clients have the power to learn and grow; she is there to aid and encourage them along the way. LeNaya uses fun and unique activities in therapy to help her clients become invested in the concepts she is teaching and helps them create reminders to implement the concepts and strategies when they are not in therapy. She uses play, art, yoga and movement in therapy, helping clients work through their challenges more effectively at their own pace while emphasizing their strengths.
LeNaya is under direction and supervision working toward her full licensure as a LMFT and Registered Play Therapist.
Monica worked for 15 years in the Advertising industry in Mexico City, London and Atlanta. When she saw an opportunity, she decided to create innovative curriculum for a Spanish Enrichment program for Preschools. She has taught more than 2500 students in 13 years and counting.
Monica has always been curious to understand the human mind which led her to take several courses and certifications in Buddhism, Meditation, Professional Coaching, Positive Psychology, and Organizational Leadership. Through this process, it emerged that she wanted to use her professional experience in understanding facts and human insights, with her passion to help others develop and grow. In 2017, she founded Life Full of Goodness whose mission is to inspire others (and herself!) create a more mindful, balanced and fulfilling life.
Monica ignites business and personal growth through Science of Happiness Talks and Workshops, Lego® Serious Play® Facilitation and Co-Active® Coaching.
Monica has a very bad case of wanderlust with an ever-growing list of countries to visit next. When she's not facilitating a workshop, thinking about a trip, or planning one, she's taking a siesta or attending a fiesta :)
Cee Cee Weeks, Yoga Teacher RYT-200
Cee Cee has been working with kids and teens since the age of 11, and practicing yoga since graduating from Agnes Scott College in 2014. After practicing for a few years, the healing and calming aspects of yoga drew her to complete her 200 hour yoga teacher training with The Center for Integrative Yoga Studies. Since graduating, Cee Cee has been teaching trauma informed yoga and mindfulness through Centering Youth and bringing yoga to populations in need. Her passion for yoga lies in the power of yoga to help calm the nervous system, in teaching accessible classes for any student, and creating space for all bodies to move and meditate. When she's not practicing yoga (or talking about yoga or teaching yoga) you can find her taking ridiculous pictures of her cats, at the movies with her girlfriend, or hanging out with her favorite people.