About me

I invite you to uncover your intrinsic freedom and well-being through establishing a daily practice of

self-acceptance.

I have been exploring and studying the body, breath, heart, mind and spirit for over three decades. Having traveled extensively, I've learned a broad range of healing modalities which strengthen wholeness, love and compassion.

 

I have studied meditation in India for seven months and am a certified Kripalu Yoga teacher. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), I have utilized both ancient and modern techniques to empower, re-balance and enhance the well-being of clients.

 

My mission is to facilitate your re-connecting with yourself in ways that broaden your foundation of self-acceptance and to take action towards the full expression of your joy of being alive, as you appreciate each moment 'as it is'.

 

  — Russell Strelnick, MSW, LCSW

Academics & Achievements

Education and Certification

2016 - Advanced Motivational Interviewing- U. W. Madison
2010 - Men's Leadership Training- Level II
2004 - EMDR Hypnosis: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Certified Level I

2001 - Wave Institute for Transformation- Certified in Breath-work Therapy

1995 - LCS W State of Wisconsin
1985 - Certification to Teach Kripalu Yoga and Meditation
1983 - MSW University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
1976 - BS in Education University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
1976 - Certified to Teach K-3rd Grade State of Wisconsin

Professional Experience

2012 - present Meditation Instructor-Angel's Light Healing Center Elm Grove, WI 2012 - 2014 - Meditation Instructor Medical College of Wisconsin- HR Dept.
2010 - present Mindfulness Meditation Instructor- Tosa Yoga Center-Wauwatosa, WI 1991- present Self Employed Psychotherapist- Specializing in Stress Reduction 1992 - Co-facilitator Personal Empowerment Series- Singing Wolf Center
1990 - Co-facilitator Men's Weekend Retreats, Detroit MI
1987-1989 - Psychotherapist-Friends Psychotherapy- MKE, WI
1985-1990 - Instructor- Psychodrama Retreats MKE, WI and Detroit, MI
1983-1984 - Group Facilitator - The Counseling Center of Milwaukee - Crises Intervention, Individual, Couple and Family Psychotherapy
1971-1975 - Teaching Assistant - Early Childhood Center - UWM Developed and Implemented Curriculum for Model Day Care Center

Achievements and Formative Experiences

1996-1997 Attended Vipassana International Academy- Igatpuri, India- Recieve Meditation Instruction from S.N. Goenka
1989-1990 Study Yoga, Ayurvedic Healing and Meditation- Rashneshdham, India 1984 Granted Permission to Lead Inipi Ceremony (purification sweat lodge) Pine Ridge Reservation, Wanblee, South Dakota

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