Denina’s approach is trauma-informed, healing-centered, person-centered, and strengths-based. That means she tries to create and offer safe, inviting spaces and practices for people to learn, heal, and recover at their own pace, honoring each person’s unique journey. Denina has spent most of her career working as a consultant with human service agencies in the non-profit and government sectors. She is a skilled instructor, facilitator, and story-teller and brings lightheartedness, warmth, and accessibility to her interactions with others.
Denina has practiced mindfulness for over 20 years and works to share mindfulness and other healing-centered practices with those who may not have easy access to them or who may not seek them out on their own. Denina is not a mental health therapist but a human being on her own personal healing journey, having her own unique experiences, and witnessing others’ experiences. She believes mindfulness-based embodiment practices, expressive arts, nature, and stories shared in supportive environments offer profound opportunities for healing and recovery.
Denina served as a mindfulness expert on the HEAL PA Trauma Informed PA Think Tank and continues to serve as a member of the Leadership Team, Organizational Support Action Team, Training Action Team, and Personal Healing & Empowerment from Racial Trauma Subcommittee.
Denina is the proud mother of a transgender son, Sam, who has taught her more about trauma sensitivity than anyone, and a cat, William, who teaches her the art of mindful living every day.
Learn more about Denina’s background and experience.