Meet Gail Ann Bradshaw
I am a Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist and a Christ-centered Reiki Master. I was also a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor for 13 years. 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, and senior living facilities. I presently work with older adults in Assisted Living and Memory Care facilities and thoroughly enjoy witnessing the healing power of expressive movement with the “well” elderly as well as those who struggle with dementia. 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 flowing through them and around them 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 spirituality. 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 have 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.
Lastly, although I experience God through my Christian faith, I hope to gather and connect people of all faiths. I feel passionate that we are all connected by one spirit, and God speaks uniquely to each of us. The “WE” inside of me is also in you and in all creation!
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 well-being and nurture spiritual growth.
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