April A. Hannah Ms.Ed., LMHC

Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Reiki Master

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April A. Hannah is a New York State Licensed Mental Health Counselor, who provides services to individuals, couples, adolescents and families. Her approach to therapy blends holistic studies and cognitive behavioral techniques which are solution focused.

She is a graduate from The College of Saint Rose (2004), and holds a Master’s Degree of Science in Education. She completed her Bachelor of Arts (1999) at SUNY Institute of Technology at Utica Rome, and completed an Associate of Arts Degree (1997) at SUNY Cobleskill. April is currently in her private practice full time in Saratoga Springs, NY.

Prior to opening her private practice in 2008, April worked at Four Winds Psychiatric Hospital in Saratoga Springs, NY for 5 years, serving children and families who had been diagnosed with severe psychiatric conditions. She ran weekly multi-family groups for Four Winds Hospital using psychodrama and role playing techniques. April also volunteered her time for Hospice in Greene and Saratoga County. She also has an extensive history working with at-risk adolescents and survivors of sexual assault.

In addition to her wellness center and private practice, April was also a non-credit instructor at Columbia-Greene Community College for 3 years, teaching health and wellness courses to community members; was a part-time job coach for people with disabilities; and worked as a  consultant as a play therapist for local pre-schools in the tri-state area. Her post-graduate work entailed work with at-risk adolescents and survivors of sexual assault and abuse at a Rape Crisis center in Columbia County for 5 years.

April’s work with veterans began in 2008 working along side an acupuncturist, April co-founded a Wellness Center called Peaceful Minds for Combat Veterans who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. After helping her co-founder start up this non-profit agency,  April was offered a full-time position as the Wing Director of Psychological Health at the Stewart Air National Guard base in Newburgh, NY.  In order to fully serve her full-time position at the Air force base, the Catskill Peaceful Minds clinic was closed.  April is now offering similar services to veterans in her private practice, under Hannah’s Healing.

The holistic and complementary therapies April is trained in and has offered in her private practice include creative visualization, meditation, relaxation and stress reduction techniques, energy balancing, chakra clearing, emotional freedom technique, essential oils and Reiki. She is a Reiki Master practitioner of the Usui System, and completed Level I and II of Hypnotherapy at the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts in Tempe, Arizona. She has completed training in Donna Eden’s energy medicine in Saratoga Springs, NY, and is certified in Touch and Breathe Therapy through the Center for Integrative Psychotherapy in Latham, NY.

As a side hobby, April also co-founded a production company called Path11 Productions LLC and produced a documentary trilogy called The Path Series,  which documents metaphysical topics such as healing, life after death, out-of-body experiences, remote viewing and consciousness.   Her DVD’s are currently selling both nationally and internationally and can be found on GaiamTVAmazon, Vimeo and ITunes.

“My goal as a therapist is to connect with my clients on an emotional and spiritual level and assist them to explore their personal strengths and beliefs, in order to move their energy into a space that will help bring about wholeness and healing. It is my belief that healing cannot occur unless we are ready to address our emotional, mental and spiritual challenges.

It is important that my clients feel comfortable and safe within their surroundings, which is what I strive to provide in my office setting.

Counseling can bring about insight and change in a person’s life. My hope for all of my clients is that they can begin to become aware of their greatest purpose and potential in this lifetime and achieve self awareness.

My clients will be allowed to be themselves and not be judged. They are encouraged to set their own goals as I work to assist them in achieving what they have set out to accomplish in a caring and supportive environment.”

Love and light,
April A. Hannah

Reiki Practitioners

Jodi L. Chirkis

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Jodi L. Chirkis is a certified Elementary School Teacher (Pre K-6) and has worked in the Catskill School District for the last 14 years.  She holds a Master’s Degree from The College of Saint Rose in Educational Psychology and also a Bachelor’s degree from Saint Rose in Education with a concentration in Psychology.

Jodi is currently a certified Level 2 Reiki Practitioner of the Reiki Usui System.   Her interest in Reiki began during her own healing journey, which is based on her strong faith and intuition.  Jodi has been practicing Reiki to better the body, emotions, mind and spirit which have miraculously resulted in feelings of peace, security and wellbeing.  Jodi also studies the work of Abraham Hicks and Doreen Virtue and has been practicing Guided Imagery, EFT, and positive affirmations on herself, friends, and family.

In her spare time, Jodi enjoys spending time with her husband and two small children.  She also likes to spend time outdoors in nature, taking walks and snowshoeing.  Jodi is an avid reader, enjoys oil painting and music.

Jodi will be joining Hannah’s Healing as a Community Reiki Practitioner.

Nicole L. Ostoyich

nicole_picNicole L. Ostoyich has a Master’s Degree in Public Health, with a concentration in Social Behavior and Community Health from the University at Albany.  She is also a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) and trained in nutrition science.  She obtained her Bachelor’s in Health Science, with a minor in Psychology from Northeastern University in Boston.  Nicole has a strong focus on whole-body wellness, health promotion and public health.

Nicole is currently working at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Stockbridge, MA. She is the coordinator for the Institute for Extraordinary Living, and is a member of the Harvard Research team studying the effects of yoga on the brain and lifestyle empowerment.

Involved with Reiki since 2007, Nicole is trained in the Usui Reiki System of Natural Healing and fully qualified as a Reiki Practitioner.  With a background in alternative medicine and energy work, Nicole has been practicing health through a holistic lifestyle and understands the benefits of combining both Eastern and Western medicine.

Nicole has worked on a variety of clients ranging from U.S. soldiers suffering from PTSD, patients dealing with cancer, neurological and pain disorders, and people simply curious about the benefits of Reiki.  She has experience working with patients with multiple chronic mental and pain disorders, and can modify holistic healing techniques based on her client needs.

In addition, she has experience with craniosacral therapy, crystal therapy and meditation.  Nicole is also a workshop instructor for a variety of health and wellness topics including conscious living, stress reduction, healthy nutrition and exercise, and reiki for the health professional.  Nicole is currently offering Reiki Session at Hannah’s Healing on Friday’s.  To make an appointment please email her directly at Nicole.Ostoyich@gmail.com or call 518-755-5394.

 

Liz Vermilyea

liz_cameraLiz Vermilyea is a NYS Certified Special Education Teacher currently teaching in the Catskill Central School District (11 years). She has taught children ages Birth- 21 years for the past 24 years; teaching students with disabilities in private and public schools, home based and hospital settings.  She received her Masters of Science in Special Education from SUNY- New Paltz (1997) and my Bachelors of Science in Special Education from Western Kentucky University (1989).  Her passion in teaching lies in working closely with children with emotional difficulties and children with Autism.

She is a certified practitioner in Level 1 and 2 of the Reiki Usui-System. She believes she has always been “sensitive” to the world in which she travels from a very young age.  She regards these experiences with an open mind, an open heart and faith in the understanding that each one of us is on a unique path of learning and growth.  Liz continues on this path of development and growth by attending workshops and classes that enrich every aspect of her life.  She personally practices these techniques (meditation, tuning forks, Donna Eden energy exercises, Reiki, visualization, tuning in to the “now” and her own intuition) during her day and with friends and family to help her become all she can on her path to enlightenment.

Liz is also a self-taught amateur Photographer having shown work in juried and non-juried shows in Greene, Ulster and Columbia counties, numerous Art shows, advertising and shows at Camp Fowler and Blue Mt. Lake Art Association in the Adirondacks.  Her love and passion for photography began when her dad gave her, her first film camera when she was 17. Liz enjoys sharing with others’ the way she views her world through the viewfinder.

Liz will be joining Hannah’s Healing as a Community Reiki Practitioner.

 

Deanna Sirago

deannaDeanna Sirago will be interning at Hannah’s Healing January-March of 2016.  Deanna is a very spiritual individual who is certified in level I, and level II, Reiki.

She has an Associate’s degree in Social Sciences, from Columbia-Greene Community College and is currently pursuing two Bachelor degrees in Transpersonal Psychology, and Human Services, at Burlington College, Vermont. Her open-mindedness, and ability to personally connect to people, and the earth has allowed Deanna to become a true healer.

This journey through healing is what led Deanna to Reiki. She found Reiki to be a useful and healthy modality in her own life, and has become extremely passionate about bringing it into others lives. As Deanna continues her education she is learning many other ways to help one’s mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health.

Her dream is to one day have a wellness center that allows individuals to choose through a variety of modalities that best suits them and leads them to find wellness.

Yoga Instructors

Karen R. Quigley

karenKaren is a 200 hour registered yoga teacher (RYT 200), trained in the Bhakti tradition, under the guidance of Gopi Kinnicutt. Her training was completed at Yoga Mandali in Saratoga Springs, NY. She brings to the mat years of mentoring, leading, and helping people. Karen first became interested in yoga five years ago when she was pursuing various ways to stay fit, young, and active. When life got messy, her yoga practice became her refuge and conduit for working through anxiety, depression, and grief. From these experiences, Karen brings compassion, humility, and openness to her classes, where all are welcome. Let her guide you as you flow through your own personal journey in a warm and safe environment, one breath at a time.