Shanthi Wellness has been a dream of mine for many years. I’ve spent my career working with children, teens, and adults with various mental health and behavioral issues. I’ve also taught at a few Universities and currently teach for Walden online.
I have many reasons to start Shanthi. Two of the main reasons are:
1) I’ve talked with many physicians, social workers, counselors, and psychologists who suffer from burnout, compassion fatigue, secondary trauma, and impostor syndrome. This is what guided me to first conduct my dissertation on the topic of secondary trauma. I wanted to create a place where professionals can receive help and guidance through some of the tough issues they face every day. The suicide rate among physicians is more than double the general population. Physicians with depression often go untreated or undertreated. They fear to get help for their mood disorders because of the stigma and the possibility of losing their license. Also, most counseling practices are only open from 9 – 5 pm. This makes it difficult for professionals to get away. For this, I offer both in-office and video sessions. I will do my best to provide services to professionals that fit your busy schedules.
2) I also wanted to help people through their weight loss journey. A few years ago, I was a bariatric patient. I underwent the sleeve gastrectomy and have lost 135 lbs. A couple of years ago, I was talking to the nurse, PA and my surgeon at the University of Iowa Center for Digestive Diseases and offered my services. At the time, I was a counselor in South East Iowa, and have conducted many assessments for surgery and have provided ongoing counseling for those going through the process. I am currently working on my certification as a bariatric counselor.
While those were the main two reasons for starting Shanthi, I want everyone to know that I am a mental health general practitioner. I work with all treatment issues and love working with clients ages 7 – adults.