are the faces behind the resources on this website. They are all members of a
Holistic Psychology network and find true passion in these topics.
Amanda Bean has a B.A. in Holistic Psychology from Lesley University and has embraced education both in and out of the classroom. She volunteers and interned with Care Alternatives Hospice since Fall 2009 where she provides Reiki to terminally ill clients with her pet therapy dog, Bentley, in tow. Amanda presented her research at Lesley University on expressive therapies with hospice clients at the Eastern Psychological Association’s March 2011 conference in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Amanda is the recipient of Healthy Living Magazine’s 2011 Healthy Living Recognition Award. She enjoys gardening, hatha yoga, and exploring the outdoors with her two dogs.
David Hahn developed his passion for Holistic practices during his college career at Lesley University. With his first introduction into herbal medicines at the age of eighteen, David has been exploring this ancient field intensively ever since. Utilizing opportunities granted by both Lesley University projects and his Herbalism training courses, he is planning on eventually going into horticultural and herbal research to assist the integration of herbal medicine into modern allopathic practices. Along with this path, with his Bachelors of Arts in Holistic Psychology and Expressive Arts Therapy track, psychological research is also close on the horizon. His eventual move to Israel will mean the beginning of his horticultural career, followed shortly by graduate school in the field and eventually a PhD in psychology.
Piper Harrington grauated with a B.A. in Holistic Psychology with a concentration in Art Therapy. Balance, sustainability and self-sufficiency have been the key elements in her life and what she constantly strives toward. Her next adventure is moving to Haiti to work with an orphanage in the countryside and intern with Partners In Health for the summer. Following this, she may be volunteering with Peace Corps next October in Africa for public health. Piper is interested in the field of international community public health from a preventative perspective. She would like to improve access to information and improve basic health care in developing countries.
Nadia Jennings has a B.A. in Holistic Psychology, and plans to move to London for employment and further education in the human service and expressive arts field. She is particularly interested in the psychological impact of spacial design, including architecture, as well as social advocacy through the visual and performing arts. Her most recent internship was at the non-profit arts organization Medicine Wheel Productions in South Boston, MA. There she assisted in art projects with young men and women who were in early recovery of opiate addiction. She also assisted in the development and production of MWP's annual World AIDS Day art installation event at the Boston Center of the Arts.
Olivia Jennings received a BA in Holistic Psychology with a minor in Sociology, from Lesley University in May 2011. She is certified in and practices Reiki, and is working her way to becoming a Reiki Master. Through traveling to places including South America, Europe and South East Asia, and living in Thailand for a semester, Olivia is well-versed in cross-cultural concepts of well-being and a healthy lifestyle. According to Olivia, the term "holistic psychology" encompasses nutritional, spiritual, ecological, emotional and mental aspects of people. In working with these pieces, she hopes to help connect the puzzle of living and promote fulfilling qualities of life.
Carolyn Kaufman received her Bachelor of Arts from Lesley University in Holistic Psychology with a Counseling Track and a double minor in Sociology and Creative Writing. She grew up in Miami, Fl and, after taking a year off, plans to go to graduate school to get her PhD in Psychology. Carolyn is very interested in Holistic practices, particularly regarding chronic illnesses, but does not plan to continue her Holistic education in the classroom in graduate school. One day, Carolyn hopes to combine her Holistic back ground with her traditional studies in her future research and client work.
Bonnie Kelly is a graduate of Lesley College with a degree in Holistic Psychology and Expressive Arts Therapy. Her first glimpse into Holistic Psychology was in an Ecopsychology class freshman year, when she realized what a large impact our thoughts and actions towards our environment have on our minds and bodies. She really enjoys traveling and learning about other cultures that lead a peaceful lifestyle. Her future plans include volunteer work in the Eastern part of the world, graduate school when she feels she is ready, and yes, one day, a grown up job. For now, Bonnie is really enjoying getting to know herself through many different outlets and finding the healthy balance in her life and her inner self.
Becca Macy is graduating from the Holistic Psychology program, with a focus on Expressive Therapies in May of 2011 from Lesley University. Through her studies of the expressive arts, she has developed a deep passion for somatic movement practices. Gathering with friends to dance, drum, paint, and simply be keeps her centered and energized. She wholeheartedly believes that by "living the work" we can enact meaningful change and healing in ourselves as well as in the world around us; she has no concrete plans for a career or practice at this time, other than to continue her personal work and allow its energy to ripple outward. In the distant future she would love to create an open community arts space where anyone can come and engage with the creative process in a supportive, dynamic environment.
Nicole Magliozzi received her Bachelor of Arts in Holistic Psychology with Honors, with a focus in Counseling, from Lesley University in May of 2011. She had her first life-changing transpersonal experience on a golf course in 2007, and since has been driven to cultivate her holistic being and help others do the same. Her favorite means for connecting with her mind, body, and spirit involve meditation, hiking in the mountains, yoga, singing, playing drums, creating art, and gazing at the stars. In the future she strives to achieve a PhD in Neuroscience and become a Reiki Master.
Tess Mulder received her B.A. in Holistic Psychology from Lesley University in May of 2011. Through her studies and her experience interning at places like the Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House, she has gained an appreciation for holistic psychology as a school of thought that strives to understand the person as a whole being. In order to this, one must take all facets of a person into consideration, as well as external factors like the environment in which they live and their social interactions. Tess is particularly interested in better understanding how the holistic branch of psychology might be used to help women and oppressed peoples, and hopes to bring this newfound understanding with her as she pursues her Master’s of Social work at Simmons College and later in life as she enters the human services field.
Cassandra Palmer is from Massachusetts and majored in Holistic Psychology at Lesley University. She enjoys traveling, yoga, and being outdoors. Professionally, she aspires to obtain her PhD in the future and pursue a career in psychological research of alternative and eastern healing traditions.
Lauren Polinsky received her BA in Holistic Psychology. She grew up as a dancer and an athlete, which has translated into her interest in healing through the body. She has found a passion for working with at-risk youth to empower and champion their own lives. Lauren hopes to combine her passion for self-empowerment with her love of dance and movement in healing.
Emily Smith is currently finishing her Bachelor’s degree in Holistic Psychology. When she entered college, she had no idea as to what she wanted to do with her life. She discovered Holistic Psychology, and everything made sense to her- Everyone is trying to be whole, and they all need help getting there. She has always known that she wanted to help people, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity for her to help others be whole and well, and hopefully she’ll find the same for herself along the way.
Lauren Smith is a recent graduate from Lesley University. She graduated in May from the University with a degree in Holistic Psychology. She was drawn to the program because she believes that a Holistic-minded outlook on things makes the world a more balanced place, and allows for more complete perspective on people as a whole.
Sarah Snider recently graduated from Lesley University where she studied Holistic Psychology. Ever since she was a little girl she has shown great interest in photography and traveling the world. Her goal is to visit as many places and continue to connect with the community and its local people, the culture, and the natural world around. Traveling clears the mind and heals the soul, she claims. It open up your mind and educates you beyond everyday learning. Sarah grew up in Brookline mass where she currently lives with her parents, who have been her biggest fans and supporters and owes a great deal of gratitude and appreciation towards. Sarah hopes that her education will lead her into helping children through photography and other art forms and to be there to cheer them on even in the darkest of times. She dedicates her page and her travel insights to her mom and dad who have been her biggest fans since day one and who will never stop believing in her.
Hana Sohn has a BA in Holistic Psychology, and is currently pursuing a dual Master’s in Counseling and Dance or Recreational Therapy. Her interests include dance, reading, learning about holistic therapies and healing methods, hand crafts, giving massages to friends, walking, and cooking, to name a few. She hopes to one day have her own studio and business for counseling and dance/recreational therapy, as well as several certifications and licenses in things such as massage, yoga, dance teacher, Zumba instructor, etc. Her career will be filled lots of movement and light, stemming from dance and dance therapy, which she first learned about at Lesley University.
Emily Watt came to Lesley in search of an education in psychology with a focus on alternative ways of knowing and healing. After completing a year of college after high school at the University of Vermont she followed her desire to work in the cosmetology industry and gained much experience working with people as a hairdresser. When that career became unfulfilling she found Lesley University and began working towards her degree in Holistic Psychology. She felt her skills in working with people would come into good use as she deepened her understanding of heath and healing. Upon completion of her undergraduate work, Emily hopes to work toward a Masters degree in counseling with a focus on holistic health.