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My name is Donna and I am a sociologist. Better know for my work on youth suicide, alienation and popular culture, an interest in holistic healing grew organically out of my own process of recovery. My healing practice integrates all the tools I have learned to use on a daily basis to live a serene, balanced and happy life.

An Usui Reiki Master Healer/Teacher, Certified Hypnotist and NY State Licensed Master Social Worker, I have a special commitment to working with people in Twelve Step recovery, women, trauma survivors, and veterans. Self-care is the centerpiece of recovery, the foundation of sober living and holistic health. When we are willing to work towards wholeness, to be completely committed to the process of our own healing, anything is  possible.

Reiki:

In 1997, early on in my recovery, I found in Reiki  a gentle, non-invasive, yet powerful tool of self-healing that can be taught to anyone. Similar to acupuncture but without needles, Reiki energy can enhance our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellness. Spiritual but not religious, Reiki is compatible with all healing modalities and religious practices.  Reiki can be administered in person or through distance sending, to people, places and things. Animals too, can benefit from the soothing effects of a Reiki treatment.

Hypnosis:

Hypnosis is a simple, non-intrusive way to transform the way we live. Whether used alone or in conjunction with psychotherapy, medical treatment, acupuncture, detox, recovery, or spiritual counseling, hypnosis can reduce stress, lower anxiety, remove phobias and clear emotional blocks. It accelerates the healing process by engaging us as agents in our own recovery.  Hypnosis affirms our desire to grow, to break self-sabotoging behaviors and beliefs, to free ourselves from the bondage of the past. In conjunction with medical care, hypnosis can also aid in pain management and help deepen our capacity for relaxation.

Informational and Training Workshops:

Reiki and hypnosis can be beneficial to people in a variety of settings—including drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers, VA hospitals, women’s shelters, hospitals, schools, churches and university health care systems. In addition to individual treatment, I design informational workshops tailored to the specific needs and interests of health professionals, caregivers and clergy seeking to integrate Reiki and hypnosis into existing healing practices– chiropractors, psychotherapists, massage therapists, yoga teachers, drug and alcohol counselors, nurses, and people working in ministry.

Drawing from a variety of sacred and secular traditions I’m a Registered Marriage Officiant in the City of New York, (# 1074001). It has been my joy to perform traditional, interfaith, “rock & roll”, “renewal” and “spiritual, not religious” ceremonies, including the blessing of same-sex unions and those grounded in Twelve Step recovery.

A Healing Ministry:

My second book, A Misfit’s Manifesto: The Sociological Memoir of a Rock & Roll Heart was an auto-ethnography, a reflexive exploration into my own alienation and addiction. I found my redemption in streetlife, music, sociology, and eventually, Twelve Step recovery. Manifesto ended with the vague awareness of a Higher Power I called “Big Pink.”  Well, books are written, but spiritual journeys last a lifetime. As a card-carrying Buddheo-Christian with a green heart and a passion for social justice, I believe spiritual paths are like the multitude of rivers and streams flowing into one great ocean; there are infinite paths that lead us to the Divine.  Whether the God of our understanding speaks to us through people, social action, the ocean, our music, our kids or the animals we care for, we are one love, one soul. Faith is grounded  in the rituals and traditions of  every day life. When we live prayerfully, in loving-kindness, with an open heart, we are walking in the Church of the Blue Sky, in the sunshine of the Spirit.

“If religion has given birth to all that is essential in society,

it is because the idea of society is the soul of religion.”

—-Emile Durkheim


CONTACT

donna@donnagaines.com