My entire life can be described in one sentence. It didn't go as planned!
Kara is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) as well as an Reiki Master Teacher (RMT). She began her career as a grief and bereavement counselor for Hospice and also facilitated groups for a non-profit organization, which focused on healing families experiencing complicated grief. She later returned to graduate school to obtain a certificate as a school social worker and worked in the public school system for seven years with students who have disabilities and low income families seeking services. Most recently, Kara worked as a mental health intake clinician in the emergency room at Mission Hospital and facilitated groups for their out patient program.
Reiki entered her life following a devastating loss. During this time she was led on her own journey of healing and self discovery as she faced unanticipated storms in life. She took a sabbatical for one year and drove from Virginia to Alaska alone, seeking answers and pursuing a desire to return to her essence. Surrounding herself by nature, she wanted to discover who she was in this new phase of her life. What were her passions, desires, beliefs, dreams? How could she find the blessings given to her in the storm that she faced?
She discovered that each of us has an inner wisdom leading and guiding us through the trials of life. This is the voice of our intuition. As she followed that guidance, she was led on an incredible journey unearthing a more empowered version of herself. During her travels, she had the opportunity to live in the home of a Reiki master, an experience and partnership that shifted her focus from using solely traditional psychotherapy to incorporating energy work. In 2013, she was attuned as a Reiki I and II practitioner in Portland, Oregon using the Usui Healing System. She later went on to become a Reiki master in 2014 while studying energy work in the Sacred Valley in Peru. Reiki and energy work has become an important part of her personal and professional life.
Her practice entails delivering integrated therapies and energy work focusing on the mind, body, and spirit to nurture individuals experiencing any combination of mental, emotional, or physical challenges. The mind and body have an incredible ability to heal themselves, and her passion is helping guide individuals on the path toward that healing.
Where you are...As you are...
Chris Rinaldi began her Reiki journey in 1997 at a public Reiki share in East Hampton Long Island, NY. After receiving a brief treatment, the effect for her was immediate and profound. Chris experienced an intense emotional release and her passion for Reiki and spiritually based healing work was ignited.
Chris extensively studied numerous spiritual and energetic healing systems while living and traveling abroad. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Long Island University, Friends World Program, with a concentration in Esoteric Studies and the Human Energetic Anatomy.
Chris received her 1st degree Reiki attunements in 2002 in the Usui Healing System by Reiki Master-Teacher, Rhonda Blunden, in London, England. Her second degree and Master Teacher training is in the Quan Yin School of Reiki healing taught by Reiki Master-Teacher, Catelena Shephard in Leicester, NC in 2014. Chris underwent additional training in Holy Fire II Reiki with Bryce Goebel in 2017.
After becoming a Reiki Master Teacher, it became clear to Chris that working with Reiki was part of her life's purpose, specifically in the context of mental wellness. She personally experienced a significant shift in her own recovery as Reiki became one of the main tenets in her life. She is a passionate supporter of the recovery movement, a participant in Project Semicolon, and is a North Carolina Certified Peer Support Specialist. Chris is currently completing her graduate studies in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Walden University.
Chris enjoys working with a wide variety of clients, from those seeking renewal and stress relief to those who are in active recovery from trauma or addiction. In addition to her private practice, Chris volunteers her Reiki services at Helios Warriors, a non-profit organization offering holistic therapies to veterans and their families.
Chris' Healing Philosophy
My healing philosophy is one of meeting you "where you are...as you are..." with total acceptance. I honor all paths and the experiences that have made you the person you are. Reiki is a spiritually guided energy and will always heal you for your highest good. I turn the healing over to the Reiki energy, and most importantly, to you. A practitioner is merely a tool on your personal healing journey. I honor each client as a teacher and expert on themselves and am grateful to walk along with you.