Meet Gail Ann Bradshaw
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I am an Integrative Healing Arts Practitioner and a Christian Embodiment Guide.
I uniquely blend my skills as a Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist
(a body-centered counselor) and a Christ-centered Reiki Master (a faith-based energy medicine practitioner) to help you open the gift of your body. Since 1995, I have worked as a Dance/Movement Therapist with children, adolescents, adults, and older adults within a variety of different clinical and wellness settings. I have facilitated Dance/Movement Therapy at in-patient and out-patient mental health, family bereavement, cancer, church, senior living, and special education facilities. However, my heart has been nudging me to expand my work to a wider community so more people can learn how to open the gift of their bodies and awaken to the fullness of life as I have been blessed to experience.
Creating BODYful Connections is a dream that has been germinating deep within me for a very long time. It is a synthesis of my passion for Creative Arts Therapy, science, mindfulness, energy healing, and Christian mysticism. I believe that all of the lessons I have learned as a student, friend, daughter, wife, mother, counselor, and Christian have all played an integral role in creating these practices. Through many of my personal struggles in life, my love for the arts, nature, and my faith has always been instrumental in helping me flow into a sense of well-being. My business logo of the tree represents my own growth of becoming deeply rooted, open-hearted, and aware through the integration of my body, mind, spirit, and faith. I have found that living a “BODYful" life takes practice and I am passionate about helping others experience the fullness of life through opening the gift of their bodies. My mission is to be a gentle guide on one's journey toward health, wholeness, and well-being and help them grow into the fullness that God created them to be! Are you ready to become BODYful too?
I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Biology from Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana, and went on to complete my Master of Arts degree in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling from Columbia College Chicago in 1995. I became a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in 1997 and maintained my license until 2010 when my mothering challenges and family responsibilities made it very difficult for me to complete my required continuing education credits for my LCPC license. However, through these hectic mothering years, my faith journey immensely deepened and I had a strong propensity to learn other body-centered healing modalities to help strengthen the well-being of my children and myself. Consequently, I attained my Reiki Master certification in 2010 at The Well Spirituality Center and completed an online certification program in Neurodevelopmental Movement from Move, Play, Thrive. I immersed myself in learning new information about the power of movement and the body/mind connection, neuroscience, energy medicine, mindfulness, and Christian mysticism. As I successfully integrated these new skills into my own life I naturally included them in my clinical practice. My clinical focus naturally shifted toward wellness, hands-on healing, and spiritual growth. I have a true love for learning and see myself as a “professional student”. I continually try to advance my clinical skills by attending workshops, lectures, and online training. I thoroughly enjoy any opportunity to lecture about Dance/Movement Therapy and body-centered practices that cultivate healing, well-being, and nurture spiritual growth.
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