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Welcome!

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Imagine for a moment that you are walking on an unfamiliar path through the woods. The woods slowly become more dense, dark, and unfamiliar. The path fades away to nothing. You are lost in the dark and have no idea where you are or how to find your way out. Suddenly, you see a light in the far distance shining faintly. Perhaps you follow it right away. Perhaps you turn away from it, determined to find your own way. Eventually you choose to walk towards the light, stumbling over tree roots, feeling your way with your hands. The light grows brighter as you walk towards it and your steps become more certain. You learn the terrain as you go and before you know it, you have found your way to a healthier and more fulfilling life, where you have the skills and resiliency to continue to grow and change.

Many of my clients in group and individual sessions have described their experiences of working with me in this way. If you are at a turning point in your life, or burned out from the stress of achieving, or in need of reconnecting with your authentic self, I invite you to contact me to see how I might best help you.

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Relaxation and Christian Meditation MP3s

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Check out my new Shop where you will find several relaxation and Christian meditation recordings for purchase. Unsure if my recordings are for you? Enjoy this free relaxation recording as a gift from me.

Eager to learn more about how my recordings might help you? Click here.

 
 
 

NEW! Fall Courses Starting Soon

 

Manage Stress

Saturday, October 5 at 8:30 a.m.: 5 Week Deep Relaxation Course for Adults

Practice breathing, relaxation, stress management, and mindfulness skills with Joy as your compassionate and expert guide. Learn to, or improve your ability to calm yourself in difficult situations.  For more information, check out the flyer here. To enroll in the course, click here.

Tuesday, October 15 at 7 p.m.: 4 Week Meditation Course for Mommies

This 4-week course is an introduction to meditation for moms. You will learn several practical exercises to use at home for yourself or with your children. Begins 7 PM on Tuesday, October 15th at Family Tree Holistic Health, 3345 N. Arlington Heights Road, Suite D, Arlington Heights, IL 60004. For more information, check out the flyer here. To enroll in the course, click here.

Monday, October 21 at 7 p.m.: 4 Week Stress Management Course for Youth and Young Adults (Ages 17-24)

In this 4-week course you will learn healthier ways to relax and be yourself in order to deal with pressures from your social group, school requirements, stress over test-taking, and confusion over choosing a college, a major, or a career. For more information, check out the flyer here. To enroll in the course, click here.

Courses Offered Recently

Thursday, August 29 at 11:00 a.m.: Stress Management and Relaxation Workshop

Members of the Illinois Township Association of General assistance Caseworkers & Township Supervisors of Illinois hosted an educational workshop where I shared with members stress management and relaxation strategies to develop improved work-life balance.  For more information on this workshop, check out the flyer here.

COMING SOON!

4 Week Stress Management Course for Youth and Young Adults (Ages 17-24)

Learn healthier ways to relax and be yourself in order to deal with pressures from your social group, school requirements, stress over test-taking, and confusion over choosing a college, a major, or a career.  If you or someone you know is interested, contact me at joyjoannaa@gmail.com. Once at least 6 students are interested, I will run the course. For more information, check out the flyer here.

Christian Meditation

Wednesday, September 25 at 7 p.m.: 6 Week Catholic Meditative Prayer Course

Experience a greater sense of peace and closeness in your relationship to God through practicing three types of Catholic meditative prayer. Joy is adept at creating a calm and supportive space in which to hear that still, small voice of God. For more information, check out the flyer here. To enroll in the course, click here, or contact me at joyjoannaa@gmail.com.

Saturday, November 16 at 9:00 a.m.: Catholic Meditative Prayer Retreat (Sold Out)

Engage in prayer and quiet moments of reflection to listen in stillness to God’s voice at the Chapel of Sisters of the Living Word. For more information, check out the flyer here. To enroll in the course, click here.

Friday, November 22 at 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.: Women’s Retreat

As women we are all so busy - how often do we stand still and spiritually recharge? Give yourself the gift of a day of peace and prayer. We gather in the Chapel of Sisters of the Living Word. For more information, check out the flyer here. To enroll in the course, click here.

 
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Stress Management and Relaxation

Individual Sessions

In my stress management coaching practice, I design each session to fit an individual’s needs and unique lifestyle. I work with each client to discover the underlying causes of stress in their life and help them devise lifestyle changes to decrease stress and increase peace in their lives.

Group Workshops or Sessions

I offer weekly or one-time relaxation sessions or stress management courses in a group setting. In these sessions and courses we work with different relaxation techniques or stress management practices to provide attendees with a variety of tools to use to relieve stress and/or enjoy a more relaxed approach to life.

 
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Christian Meditation

 
 
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Christian Meditative Prayer Courses

I offer Christian meditation courses to church groups of all kinds, for Christians who are seeking new to them ways to be closer to God. Courses are usually between one and six sessions, depending on the desired content and the needs of each group.

 
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Christian Life Coaching

My approach to Christian life coaching sessions combines traditional talking and goal setting practices with a unique blend of short Christian meditation sessions, Christian reading recommendations, and recommendations for Christian or practical activities to pursue.