Velina’s Education and Training:
Certificate of Bodywork with Trauma Survivors - Therapeutic Spiral Int’l
Esalen Massage Intensive – Esalen Institute
Certificate in Gerontology from DU Graduate School of Social Work
Velina shares her life story:
“From the earliest time I can remember I had a calling to help ease the suffering of others. In High School, Sally Struthers brought me to tears with the images of the starving children all over the world. So I saved my lunch money so I could “adopt” a child for only $18 a month. Many years later, the Medical Director at the nursing home I worked for wrote about me, stating that I had “an uncommon level of empathy”. This has always been the case.
My life’s work has always been focused on making the world a little better place. I was introduced to psychology at a very young age by my parents. I was also encouraged to find a spiritual path that spoke to my soul. My sole foundation in life was rooted in psychology and Christianity. However, I spent my entire life seeking truth through all the world’s religions as well as philosophies from all corners and traditions of the earth.
From working in a deaf pre-school to processing housing rehabilitation government loans to home owners, I have worked in various settings with many different populations. I found my niche as a nursing home social worker for 10 years but later found much joy owning and operating a wellness center in Boulder serving all ages and conditions.
My most recent passion has been in working with people of all ages to rediscover their passion and restore their joy and inspiration for life, however that looks for them. Whether you are a caregiver in a senior home, a stay-at-home mom, a high powered executive or anything in between, if you are not finding life deeply satisfying and filled with joy, then it is my passion to help you find the missing link or the “thorn” that is robbing you of your life’s joy and purpose.
In addition to my private practice, I also provided consultation to Dr. Grossman’s longevity patients at Grossman Wellness Center as well as residents and their families in local senior living centers. My passion and gift is to educate and inspire. Speaking engagements are a joy and privilege in any setting.
My ailing grandmother brought me back to Martinez, CA in 2015. I came here to support the family during her time on hospice care. My intended visit turned into a permanent move. My extended visit helped me to manifest a dream I had long yearned for. I have been taking time reacquainting with my hometown where my family settled in 1938. My 20 years in Colorado was fruitful and enlightening. It has been wondrous to see my beloved hometown with new eyes. It has given me time to soul search as I plan and prepare for the reopening of my practice here in California.
My beloved dog Beta and I are bonding like never before as I take this much needed respite from work. I also have a passion for singing, dancing, hiking, cycling, yoga, dining out, reading, movies and communing with friends.”
Please see the links below for more information on the schools and institutions I have attended.