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Resources for Healing

Resources for Healing

Maria Theresa Larsen

Maria Theresa Larsen Grace Note Healing Arts

Maria Theresa Larsen Grace Note Healing Arts

I am a western educated physician.  My degrees are oriented to human and biological sciences. I love that this is so.  It gives me a practical base of orientation to what I do to assist you with what you need to find your own inner balance. Hard science knowledge gives me a wonderful left brain sense of what my right brain intuits about your unique complexity.

I am a Cranio-Sacral Therapist and in my Shamanic Ministerial work I specialize in Sound Healing Mediums. I am an initiated and ordained Minister of Shamanic belief and practices.  Shamanism is an orientation to life that recognizes that existence is about constant change and flux.  We are defined as part of  Nature tuned to its cycles of death and rebirth.  A shamanic perspective accepts that there is much more to existence than what  meets the eye or can be explained by rational thought.  My practice orientation embraces this body-mind-spirit concept.

Quartz Crystal Bowls are  instruments which are used to  promote balanced mind-body-spirit function and Well-being. When a Bowl is played, its sound vibrations absorb into the brain and all the major organs of the body through the Chakra Centers.  All chakra’s are interconnected so the balancing of one Chakra center affects the balance of all others.

Anna Kristi      

anna kristi

Are you ready to be lifted into the next plateau of loving life and feeling good all the time? Even with, despite and because of your daily joys and challenges? No matter how long or short you’ve been on the spiritual path, I can radically upgrade you to new levels of Alive, or Love In Action. A supremely Divine Presence has been doing this for me since He fused with me to heal me from the inside out. Together we now help you via newsletters, books, free readings, personal healing sessions and wondrous healing intensive weekends.

Samantha Hua

Samantha Hua, Nutritional Coach

Samantha Hua, Nutritional Coach










A large part of weight loss and weight management is knowing WHY you eat the way you do.  Knowing what is eating you that compels you to make inappropriate food choices.  What I like about Samantha is that she has a background and degree in biology, and she combines her physiological knowledge with counselling.  So it’s not just a weight loss pill or shake—she shows you how to voluntarily and happily make the best choices for yourself…and allow yourself to indulge from time to time. As she says, it’s all about balance.

Susan Lipp, CMD

Susan Lipp Health and Wellness Advocate Juice +

Susan Lipp
Health and Wellness Advocate
Juice +

Hi, I’m Susan Lipp, Health & Wellness Advocate. My degree and background is in marketing, but life and an unexpected ‘gift’ of an immune disease called Multiple Sclerosis drew me to the health and wellness field. I received my diagnosis in 1994, although it is believed I had it since 1978.  Upon receiving the news and reviewing the MRI, I asked the neurologist, “What can I do to help myself?”  And I was told, “Nothing. You will be in a wheelchair in a year.”  I refused to believe this. I did my research and found out that fruits and vegetables could help my immune system repair itself and reduce the likelihood I would have further deterioration.  But I couldn’t eat the daily 7 to 13 servings of different fruits and vegetables the USDA recommends we eat every day (who can?), and my health was unstable. Thanks to a caring friend, I began to eat Juice Plus+® — 25 whole, condensed fruits, vegetables, grains and berries in capsule and chewable form.  I got better.  Much better.  So much better that I became passionate about sharing this simple, yet elegant concept with people. As Hippocrates, the father of medicine shared in 431 B.C., “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Oh, and, by the way, I am not yet in a wheelchair.

Teri Wilder  (Singer, songwriter, voice talent, actress)

Teri Wilder Singer, Songwriter, Voice Actor, Gong Master

Teri Wilder
Singer, Songwriter, Voice Actor, Gong Master

Teri Wilder has created a joyful life as a singer, songwriter, speaker, retreat facilitator, actor, and voiceover artist. With 4 CDs of original, uplifting songs to her credit, she travels the country with her music & message. She’s also the original voicemail voice of Sprint (“You have one new message.”), and has a long list of national clients in her voice-over business. Her infectiously upbeat personality and quick wit will hold your attention and open your heart. www.teriwilder.comUrban

Kate Deering Fitness

Kate Deering Fitness Coach

Kate Deering
Fitness Coach

For over 17 years Kate Deering has been involved in the health and fitness industry helping men and women of all ages achieve optimal health and wellness. As a CHEK Exercise coach, CHEK Holistic Lifestyle Coach2, personal trainer and nutritional consultant Kate takes a very holistic approach to health and wellness by looking at all levels of a person’s well being. This includes diet, stress levels, exercise, posture, digestion, hormonal, and emotional issues. She believes maintaining all of these key components is vital to a person’s overall health and happiness.

Blake and Gwen Beckom

Gwen and Blake Becom Fitness Together

Gwen and Blake Beckham
Fitness Together











Your healing journey  journey is not just about mental health, it’s also about physical health.  These two providers I know personally, I know their ethics, they have a real passion about helping you get in shape, and not in a harsh way….they are both empathetic and caring and will provide you with amazing results.  Kate works in North County and Blake & Gwen are in Mission Hills/Hillcrest/Downtown.

Wendy Whitmore, LMFT

Wendy Whitmore M.S. LMFT & Life Coach

Wendy Whitmore M.S. LMFT & Life Coach

I am a licensed marriage and family therapist (lmft) & life coach. I am trained in trauma-focused cbt & seeking safety. As an expert clinician & life coach, I work with the clients to develop their goals for treatment & tailor their treatment plans to meet their particular needs. I have over 10 years’ experience working with couples, families, children, adolescents & individuals seeking treatment for depression, survivors of trauma (abuse), & life adjustments. I have extensive experience in the school, group home (for at risk youth ages 12 to 18), & hospital (specializing in adolescent intensive outpatient care; adolescent i.o.p) settings.

Self Growth — The Online Self Improvement Community

Self Growth is the #1 self-improvement site on the Internet, with over 2 million monthly visitors, over 300,000 articles, almost 30,000 experts and products and videos to help you in your self-improvement quest.






Placing Them On A Pedestal Doesn’t Make Them Perfect

Pedestalizing – The act of placing your mate, loved one, child, friend, co-worker or acquaintance on a pedestal; only to discover that they are not Perfect.

When we gain enough courage and open up our hearts to new friendships, relationships, and partnerships, we are making the conscious choice to love/trust again. In the beginning everything is picture perfect and the honeymoon phase is in full bloom. But for some instead of engaging in healthy, productive relationships, friendships or partnerships, they pedalstilize their new mate, friend or partner. And during this time we ignore truths, turn a blind eye to the obvious and walk in ignorance. And for those of us who have endured many heartbreaks, let downs and disappointments, we tend to place our new mate, partner or “friend” on a pedestal. By placing our new mate, partner or “friend” on a pedestal we run the risk of being bamboozled and hurt, let down or disappointed yet again.

So the question is why do we pedalstilize or new mates, friends and partners? Is our fear of being let down, hurt, rejected and disappointed so deeply imbedded within, that we are willing to accept anything and live with lies? Are we so broken within that we tell ourselves that we will not endure another failed friendship, relationship or partnership, so we choose to live in ignorant bliss?

The problem with Pedestalizing someone is that we accept anything b/c of our fears. When we choose to place our new friend, mate or partner on a pedestal we are doing it for our own benefit. It allows us to keep running from our fears and keeps us from facing the truth about ourselves; which is perhaps we are not yet ready to engage in new relationships, partnerships or friendships. Perhaps we have not yet dealt with why our previous relationships, partnerships or friendships did not work and the part that we played in their demise. And perhaps we are not yet ready to love/trust again and instead should be focused on conquering the fears that have our hearts & emotions bound.

Wendy Whitmore MS LMFT & Life Coach

Fruit Maven / Becky Wheeler

This is a fun blog that explores fruit in all its aspects—not just the health conscious side, but also the fun side, including patterns, textures, how fruit inspires design, and much more!

Nature and Photography

photographer Rob Shepard writes a very clear blog about nature photography, discussing different techniques, lenses and cameras he uses, and is not afraid to show that you can get spectacular photos with a point-and-shoot!

Wedding/Personal Photography

Carrie works in the Salt Lake City area of Utah.  She is a kind, giving woman who cares about people.  I met her through a fund=raiser in San Diego for the Rob Benzon Foundation.  She flew out to CA on her own dime to take professional photos of the event.  That tells me volumes about the kind of person she is.

Kate Deering Fitness

Blake and Gwen Beckom

Your healing journey  journey is not just about mental health, it’s also about physical health.  These two providers I know personally, I know their ethics, they have a real passion about helping you get in shape, and not in a harsh way….they are both empathetic and caring and will provide you with amazing results. Kate works primarily in North County San Diego, and Blake and Gwen are in Mission Hills, next to Hillcrest.

 Daily Om

Daily inspiration and thoughts on healing.  Also links to very affordable online courses.


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  1. have a son, who I put through law school. I only have one son. He met a young lady in law shool and they married 8 years ago. She is from an affluent family. I was divorced from my sons father during his second year of law school after 28 years of marriage due to his father having an affair. My son was married and as soon as that wedding was over, my ex married the female he had the affair with. My daughter in law has always been partial to the second wife. I have tried over and over to warm up to my DIL but nothing works. I am still single. My ex and his new wife are treated totally different than I am. They are wined and dined when they are visiting. I get to babysit. That’s it. Recently they made a trip to Disneyland and posted pictures on a social media of them with my son’s father and new wife, and her parents. I was totally left out of that family trip. It hurt very very very much to see those pictures and it is a reminder of what his dad did to me and it feels like I am being purposefully pushed out of the family. My son has become a multi millionaire. He gave his dad a job and his dad is also very wealthy. His new wife has never worked. My DIL has never worked. I have worked for 39 years with many years yet to go. I asked my son to at least call me once a week for 10 minutes. Nothing. I don’t even get a Mothers Day card. All these things hurt. If I try to talk about any of this I am accused of causing drama. I am not sure what to do at this point as it just makes me feel sick to my stomach continuously. I should say that my son doesn’t offer anything nor does he ask if I am doing ok. I certainly would not ask or take anything but it would be nice if he would show some concern. Help.

    • Hi Jackie
      I apologize for the delay in responding to you; I’ve been involved in caregiving issues with my husband. I understand your anger and frustration. Have you thought about going to a therapist? I have found that to be immensely helpful for me, as well as doing this blog. You can have a private blog too to vent out. One thing I’ve learned is people will hurt you but I learned to reframe things and walk away from family. Walking away from my family has been one of the healthiest things I have ever done. I wish you well on your journey.