Hello! Meet the Publisher
Kathy Morelli, CA, LMT, LPC has been working in the healing professions for 25 years. Kathy suffered from depression and physical ailments earlier in her life. She had depressive episodes as a teenager, as a young adult and once again, suffered from postpartum depression after the birth of her son. As part of her own healing journey, she saw multiple doctors and some therapists. But her emotional and physical pain persisted. She embarked on a journey to feel better. Along the way, she studied mindbody therapies such as shiatsu, Jin Shin Do®, and biofield therapies such as Reiki and other energy modalities.
Kathy found that incorporating bodywork into her healing regimen brought her relief from depression and physical pain. Wanting to help others in their healing work, Kathy established a bodywork practice, eventually becoming Licensed in Massage.
She found the connection between body and mind to be profound in her clients. The shiatsu and Jin Shin Do® therapies brought out stories of trauma, pain and healing in her clients. In order to help her clients even more, Kathy began to study psychology. Eventually she obtained her Masters in Counseling. She went through the long process of a Licensed Professional Counselor.
As an LPC, Kathy has worked in various settings, starting at a facility with persons with Severe and Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI) such as schizophrenia and bipolar disease.
Kathy then worked as the MindBody Specialist at Atlantic Heallth's Mountainside Hospital's Cancer Center, where she developed the Reiki Volunteer Program and the Guided Imagery Program. There, Kathy was able to use her training in energy therapies to do individual Reiki sessions with clients in the Outpatient setting of the Cancer Center, in the pre-surgical suites and in the Pain Management area. Kathy set up a program to train patients to perform Self Reiki and a monthly Community Reiki Share program for the public. She worked with individuals and families in therapy, who were at various stages of the disease process.
While at the Cancer Center, Kathy found that people were very interested in using plant therapies, such as aromatherapy and herbalism, as part of their healing work. In order to safely incorporate these modalities into energy sessions at the hospital, Kathy obtained a certification as a Clinical Aromatherapist.
Kathy moved on to Atlantic Health's Neuroscience Department at Overlook Hospital, where she worked as a Behavioral Medicine Therapist. There she found that persons who suffered from epilepsy, Psychogenic Nonepileptic Seizures (PNES), Parkinson's Disease, and other neurological conditions were also interested in Guided imagery, Reiki and aromatherapy. Used safely, these modalities were useful to bring relief to people with these conditions as well.
Kathy opened up her private practice in 2008 and has been working with people in her private office through the present day.
Her current practice focuses on Trauma (post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD) and Perinatal Mood Disorders (postpartum depression, etc). There have been many advances in the treatment of trauma. Current somatic therapies, such as Somatic Experiencing® and EMDR address physical body symptoms as well as emotional pain. These treatments are advances based on the new research which has yielded our new knowledge of the biologically based symptoms of PTSD. Combining current somatic therapies with traditional talk therapies are effective ways to treat PTSD.
As the integrative medicine field expands, more research has expanded into the interaction of nature and people. Research has found that being in nature is profoundly healing to the human body and mind. Biophilia (the healing relationship of nature on humans), garden therapy, and forest bathing are now recognized as vital to humanity's well being. Because of advances in technology, researchers now have the capability to measure molecules from plants in the air and then measure how these interact at the molecular level with the human body and produce the human relaxation response. Amazing!
For our health, it is vital to maintain our planet's wild areas and respect our environment in order for us to thrive.
We are profoundly interconnected with Gaia, our planet.
Kathy has been active in the online world for many years and has established HealtlifeHolistic.com as an inspirational magazine to help people with their mental health through the integration of mindbody therapies such as mindfulness with traditional talk therapy methods.
Kathy has found profound peace and quiet happiness through working with others on their healing journeys.
Wishing you peace, quiet happiness and healing.