Nicaragua – Unplugged and Recharged

By Elizabeth Campbell

In February 2013, I traveled as the counseling support for the Yoga Teacher Training Beyond Asana to build a school with the organization Build On in Ganeshpur, Nepal.  My experience deepened my presence in my counseling practice and in other relationships greatly. This year we traveled to two villages in the mountains of Nicaragua to build schools in San Benito and Las Cuarentas. The lesson this year was layered onto my experience of last year. Not only is it possible to communicate with individuals that do not speak our language, but the depth of that very connection is what sustains us all…no matter what language, nationality, or socioeconomic status defines us. 

Two weeks in rural Nicaragua freed up space for me. There was no electricity, no television, no cell phones, and no running water. The absence of those luxuries gave me a greater gift…the space to connect.  When we ate meals, no one was taking pictures of the meal to post on Facebook or excusing themselves for a phone call. The television did not distract us from interacting. At night, there was nothing to do but engage with one another. We simply connected. And joining with the beautiful souls of San Benito and Las Cuarentas completely sustained me, regardless of what luxuries were missing.  

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Welcome Katie May

Katie MayThe Resiliency Center is happy to welcome Child and Adolescent Therapist, Katie K. May to our community of practitioners. Katie is a Nationally Certified Counselor who works with children ages 3 through 19 and their parents. Katie specializes in using Play and Expressive Arts Therapies to provide children and teens with a way to communicate their feelings when talking about them is too difficult or not developmentally appropriate.

Her work within a psychiatric partial hospital program for children has provided Katie with extensive experience working with families on a variety of issues including depression, anxiety, trauma, loss, oppositional behaviors, self-esteem and family issues. 

Katie is trained in Child-Centered Play therapy and is passionate about using the benefits of play and creativity in a way that is therapeutic. She provides parent consultation and coaching to assist families in strengthening relationships and improving effective communication.

Beginning this April, Katie will also be facilitating a Group Therapy Circle for High School Teens who are experiencing depression, anxiety, low-self esteem, social isolation, family conflict or school problems. 

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact Katie K. May at 610-813-2575 or

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Educational Recommendations for Struggling Students

This January, a team of three psychologists, Dr. Paskiewicz, Dr. Britton and Mr. Mendelsohn specializing in educational assessment, joined The Resiliency Center.

All three are certified school psychologists with extensive experience working in the public schools with knowledge of the special education process. They have advanced training in neuropsychological assessment and the evaluation of ADHD, behavioral and emotional problems, autism, and learning disabilities. Dr. Paskiewicz and Dr.Britton are trained in administration of the ADOS (Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule).

Timing is important. If you feel your child may benefit from a psycho-educational evaluation, consider making an appointment before the school year winds down so that any resulting recommendations can be put in place as soon as the 2014-15 school year begins. If you’d like to know more about how we can help, please call us at 215-326-9239, email us at or visit our website at  

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World TaiChi / QiGong Day is April 26, 2014!

Did you know that TaiChi and Qigong are connecting people all over the world each year in a global event?  The motto of "One World One Breath" is providing an example to the world of people coming together for the purpose of promoting personal and global health and healing.  Were you aware that cutting edge neurological and sociological research is showing that mind-body practices are making the world a calmer, less violent, and safer place to live?  Data indicates that practices such as TaiChi and QiGong are part of a positive, healing and peaceful global transformation.  We are the Universe, the Universe is in us, and we merge together for Peace and Love and Healing.

Join Karen on April 26 at 12 noon for an hour of Qigong practice at the Ambler Borough Park.

The Ambler Borough Park is located at the intersection of Hendricks St. and ValleyBrook Rd. Walk down the steps at the sign for the park to the lovely secluded area with a creek.
Karen Steinbrecher leads, teaches Qigong at the Resiliency Center each Thursday at 2 P.M. and at 6:15 P.M. for one hour.  The cost is $10.00.

Featured Groups


Clinical Supervision Group 

3rd Wednesday, 4:00 - 7:00 pm
If you are a therapist seeking licensure, this group provides information, resources, case presentation and discussion, and opportunities for meaningful connection with peers. Special focus on trauma-informed case conceptualization group is led by Licensed Professional Counselor Elizabeth Venart who is also available for individual consultation. Learn more at or by calling 215-542-5004.

Interstitial Cystitis/Pelvic Pain Support Group

Wednesday, 4/2 and 5/2, 7-8:30 pm
Connect with others w/IC and/or Pelvic Pain through an ongoing psychoeducational support group. Share experiences and continue learning strategies to take care of yourself. Group led by Licensed Clinical Social Worker Kathleen Krol, who also does individual adult therapy with individuals who have these chronic pain conditions and/or family therapy with children and adolescents of parents with these conditions. To learn more, contact Kathy at or 215-289-3101, #1.  Free phone consultation provided.

Group Tapping Session

Wednesday, 4/23, 7:00-8:00 pm, Cost: $10.00
Join Delia Nessim, MFT, as she shares EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques), a powerful energy tool to release stress and emotions that get trapped in the body. Each participant will get an opportunity to work on a topic of their choosing (pain relief, resentment, anger, etc.).  The rest of the group can borrow benefits by tapping along.  RSVP by calling 610-416-7535, emailing Delia at or registering online.

Quotes of the Month

The heart is very much like a miraculous balloon. Its lightness comes from staying full
– Mark Nepo

Who’s to say that the butterfly breaking through its cocoon isn’t the result of its being tired of living in a tight weave of its own making
– Mark Nepo
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Featured Workshops & Classes

Meditate and Create!

Sunday 4/13, 1-3 pm
Cost: $20

Get grounded through guided meditation followed by art making. Focus in mediation, put your focus into form, and take your artwork home for continued reflection. No art skills required! Some supplies provided, or you can bring your own and get in for $5 off!
Mother’s Day Special
Register by April 30th  for Meditate and Create! and Bring Mom for FREE!
Sunday 5/11, 1:00-3:00 pm cost $20

Pamper mom and give her an afternoon of quiet reflection and creativity. We will gather for meditation and art making, using watercolor, oil pastels, collage, etc., to create a reflective image of your meditation experience, or create a piece together and give mom even more to remember!

Vibration and Vision!

Saturdays 4/12 and 4/26, 1:30-3 pm
Cost: $15, bring a friend for $10.00!

Drum your vision for the “change you wish to see.”  Send out your vision through vibration and prepare for a powerful shift of energy. Bring your drum, shaker, or other sound maker! (Some provided)

For Meditate and Create! and Vibration and Vision!, contact Bethany Stiltner MA, ATR-BC at 610-247-7935 or to register.

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Free QiGong Practice

Saturday 4/26, 12-1 pm
Join Karen Steinbrecher at Ambler Borough Park – Hendricks St. and Valley Brook Rd

Infant Massage Class

New Series starts April 22, 2014
6 Consecutive Tuesdays, Starting 4/22, 10-11:30 am
The focus of this series is to support you and your little one during your transitional and amazing first year together!  It benefits both baby and parent. Parents massage their own babies and learn different strokes each week that aid in tension relief, colic and gas discomfort, increase spatial awareness, and promote bonding and better sleep. 

Documented benefits of babies that are massaged regularly include improved sleep patterns, reduction of stress for baby and parent, improved interactions in families, increased weight gain for premature babies, and help in bonding for moms with postpartum depression. In addition, it is safe for medically fragile babies.

The class encourages parents to trust to their own parental instincts while exploring their baby’s cues and emotional responses to touch.
Classes are taught by Brittiney George, CRS, CEIM, Certified Rubenfeld Synergist and Infant Massage Educator through Infant Massage USA. Class size is limited! Registration required. Contact Brittiney George @ 610-389-7866 or movebackintolife

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Take Charge of Your Bone Health @ Chestnut Hill College

Saturday 4/12, 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Do you have osteopenia or osteoporosis, or want to safe-guard your bone health? In this workshop, you'll learn: safe and effective exercises, vitamins and supplements, food as medicine, medications and side effects, mind-body connection, and all about prevention!  Join local physicians and wellness practitioners, including Dr. Tetlow, to take charge of your bone health!
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Workshop to Support Chinese Adolescents and their Families

Saturday, 4/5, 2014  5:30 - Closed group
For more information regarding Adoption Support and Wellness Education workshops visit, call 215-605-3221, or see our February newsletter.
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Upcoming Events & Programs

Healthcare Professionals Networking Breakfast

Wednesday, 4/2, 9-10:30 am, Cost: $10
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Philadelphia Writer’s Workshop

Tuesdays, 7-10 pm

2014 Workshop Sessions
Spring 2014 (9 weeks/$360) March 25; April 1, 8, 22, 29; May 6, 13, 20, 27. 
Sit in on a Tuesday-night workshop for FREE (by appointment).  
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Restorative Pilates

Tuesdays at 12pm
» Pre-registration required

Rumi and Hafiz:
Reading and Discussion

Wed. 4/16, 7:30-9:30 pm

Do you love the poetry of Sufi Poets and Philosophers Rumi and Hafiz? Seeking inspiration or wisdom? Curious about our interconnection and about connection with Spirit?

Join Elizabeth Venart for a discussion on Rumi and Hafiz. I will share a few of my favorite pieces and invite you to lend your inspirations and insights. Please feel free to bring your own favorite poems by Rumi, Hafiz, Rilke, Kahlil Gibran, or other inspired writers, with copies to share. 
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The Creative Writers Group

2nd Wednesday 4/9, 7-9pm
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Laughter Yoga

Mondays, 10 am 
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Morning Meditation

Mondays, 8:30-9:30 am

Evening Meditation

Thursdays, 7:30-8:30 pm

Qi Gong Classes 

Thursdays, 2:00 and 6:15 pm

Knitting Circle

Saturday, 4/12, 10-11:30am
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