Learn all about our nonprofit, "The Respite: A Centre for Grief & Hope," in this brand new video and how we're helping people heal through integrative methods, creativity, and the uniquely uplifting Model of Heart-Centered Grief!   Check out our awesome commercial here and share it with your loved ones: https://vimeo.com/119190133

Learn all about our nonprofit, "The Respite: A Centre for Grief & Hope," in this brand new video and how we're helping people heal through integrative methods, creativity, and the uniquely uplifting Model of Heart-Centered Grief! Check out our awesome commercial here and share it with your loved ones: https://vimeo.com/119190133

Barry Sherman, MSW, LCSW  Youth Program Consultant. In addition to his full-time employment as a school social worker, Barry is currently at work on developing INTEGRA for KIDS. In part, INTEGRA for KIDS is about guiding children toward acquiring tools and life skills that allow them to grieve in a healthy, fruitful and creative way.  His staff participation with The Respite, which incorporates the INTEGRA for KIDS program, thus focuses on helping kids learn how to befriend their grief.

Barry Sherman, MSW, LCSW Youth Program Consultant. In addition to his full-time employment as a school social worker, Barry is currently at work on developing INTEGRA for KIDS. In part, INTEGRA for KIDS is about guiding children toward acquiring tools and life skills that allow them to grieve in a healthy, fruitful and creative way. His staff participation with The Respite, which incorporates the INTEGRA for KIDS program, thus focuses on helping kids learn how to befriend their grief.

Jes McFadden, LPC, NCC, M.A., Adoldescent Therapist. Jes is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of North Carolina. While she currently works in the school setting, her true passion is individual counseling with children and adolescents - helping them find their voice – as well as working with families through many of life’s common challenges. Being a counselor is a calling for Jes, and she is constantly reminded how sacred and meaningful this work can be. www.TheRespite.org

Jes McFadden, LPC, NCC, M.A., Adoldescent Therapist. Jes is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of North Carolina. While she currently works in the school setting, her true passion is individual counseling with children and adolescents - helping them find their voice – as well as working with families through many of life’s common challenges. Being a counselor is a calling for Jes, and she is constantly reminded how sacred and meaningful this work can be. www.TheRespite.org

Alisha Cooper, LPC  Licensed Professional Counselor. Alisha earned a master’s degree in Early Intervention for Children with Special Needs, as well as, a master’s in Deaf Education from the University of Pittsburgh which started her 18 year career in the human service field. Alisha’s treatment focus is largely on how to cultivate the life that you desire after the experience of trauma or grief and loss of any kind. www.TheRespite.org

Alisha Cooper, LPC Licensed Professional Counselor. Alisha earned a master’s degree in Early Intervention for Children with Special Needs, as well as, a master’s in Deaf Education from the University of Pittsburgh which started her 18 year career in the human service field. Alisha’s treatment focus is largely on how to cultivate the life that you desire after the experience of trauma or grief and loss of any kind. www.TheRespite.org

Mandy Eppley, M.A., LPC, NCC,  Director of Services & Programs,   Licensed Professional Counselor/Grief Therapist for The Respite.  Mandy is a licensed psychotherapist in private practice since 1993 devoting herself to helping individuals, couples and families struggling with the effects of depression, anxiety, grief, sexual abuse and trauma. Mandy considers it a privilege to be a co-founder and the Director of Services & Programs for The Respite. www.TheRespite.org

Mandy Eppley, M.A., LPC, NCC, Director of Services & Programs, Licensed Professional Counselor/Grief Therapist for The Respite. Mandy is a licensed psychotherapist in private practice since 1993 devoting herself to helping individuals, couples and families struggling with the effects of depression, anxiety, grief, sexual abuse and trauma. Mandy considers it a privilege to be a co-founder and the Director of Services & Programs for The Respite. www.TheRespite.org

Toni Branner M.A.  Exercise Physiologist, Professional Speaker, Wellness Consultant & Author  Former Professor: UNC-Chapel Hill Department of Exercise Science and Sports Medicine,  Director of Fitness Concepts: Providing health-related keynotes, seminars and workshops for 22 years Fitness Director: Mecklenburg Aquatic Club, Charlotte, North Carolina www.TheRespite.org

Toni Branner M.A. Exercise Physiologist, Professional Speaker, Wellness Consultant & Author Former Professor: UNC-Chapel Hill Department of Exercise Science and Sports Medicine, Director of Fitness Concepts: Providing health-related keynotes, seminars and workshops for 22 years Fitness Director: Mecklenburg Aquatic Club, Charlotte, North Carolina www.TheRespite.org

Victoria Gailey, CPT-NSCA, NASM  Personal Training/Body Strengthening. Victoria trained at the National Personal Training Institute in Colorado Springs, CO and is a National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) certified personal trainer. Her passion is to help people who struggle with some of the same issues she, herself, has dealt with. Victoria believes in the mind/body/spirit connection as a way of healing and strives to incorporate this into her sessions with her clients.

Victoria Gailey, CPT-NSCA, NASM Personal Training/Body Strengthening. Victoria trained at the National Personal Training Institute in Colorado Springs, CO and is a National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) certified personal trainer. Her passion is to help people who struggle with some of the same issues she, herself, has dealt with. Victoria believes in the mind/body/spirit connection as a way of healing and strives to incorporate this into her sessions with her clients.

Aimee Joy Taylor LMBT NC# 7632  Grief Massage Therapist. A very personal grief journey inspired Aimee to dedicate herself to providing Grief Massage services. Aimee survived two major tragedies in her twenties - the loss of her brother to drunk driving in 2005 and her mother's suicide three years later. She found that Grief Massage offered a profoundly healing and stabilizing benefit. She is passionate about sharing the benefits of Grief Massage because of the positive impact on her own…

Aimee Joy Taylor LMBT NC# 7632 Grief Massage Therapist. A very personal grief journey inspired Aimee to dedicate herself to providing Grief Massage services. Aimee survived two major tragedies in her twenties - the loss of her brother to drunk driving in 2005 and her mother's suicide three years later. She found that Grief Massage offered a profoundly healing and stabilizing benefit. She is passionate about sharing the benefits of Grief Massage because of the positive impact on her own…

Tammy Starling, M.Ed., LPC, NCC  Grief Specialist, Teacher. Tammy is a licensed psychotherapist in NC and TN whose primary expertise is grief & loss. Tammy has helped hundreds of individuals, couples and families pursue their core desires and befriend their deep struggles around tragic loss, abuse, life transitions, infidelity, relationship issues, depression, and anxiety. Her great passion lies in helping people mine creative potential through real and intentional grieving processes.

Tammy Starling, M.Ed., LPC, NCC Grief Specialist, Teacher. Tammy is a licensed psychotherapist in NC and TN whose primary expertise is grief & loss. Tammy has helped hundreds of individuals, couples and families pursue their core desires and befriend their deep struggles around tragic loss, abuse, life transitions, infidelity, relationship issues, depression, and anxiety. Her great passion lies in helping people mine creative potential through real and intentional grieving processes.

Chris Saâde - Teacher/Consultant. Along with internationally known author, teacher and lecturer, Andrew Harvey, Saade is the founder and co-teacher of The International Academy of Sacred Leadership. Chris was born into a Christian family in Lebanon where he held leadership positions in non-profit organizations working for non-violence, peace and humanitarian relief. He is currently writing a series of books on the spirituality of the heart. Learn more at www.theilc.org and www.TheRespite.org

Chris Saâde - Teacher/Consultant. Along with internationally known author, teacher and lecturer, Andrew Harvey, Saade is the founder and co-teacher of The International Academy of Sacred Leadership. Chris was born into a Christian family in Lebanon where he held leadership positions in non-profit organizations working for non-violence, peace and humanitarian relief. He is currently writing a series of books on the spirituality of the heart. Learn more at www.theilc.org and www.TheRespite.org

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