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I have been studying meditation, nutrition and energy healing for over 10 years. While working as a social worker in health care, I discovered the importance of using a holistic approach to health and well-being by exploring wellness in body, mind and spirit. I provide sessions for clients and colleagues that address incorporating holistic wellness in their lives and have studied and incorporated the use of mindfulness meditation in my own life and in the therapy that I offer.

Valerie Spironello, MSW, RSW

• Masters of Social Worker degree
• Registered Social Worker
• Assistant professor with Department of Family Medicine, McMaster University
• Over 25 years experience in a variety of settings: wellness counseling, health care, palliative care, family therapy, child welfare

• 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training, Chris Nguyen, The Flow Movement Method (2019-2020)
• Compassion Cultivation Training, Tsering Tsomo and Dan D’Agostino, Compassion Institute (2020)
• Mindful Self Compassion Trained Teacher, Steve Hickman, Michele Becker, Dawn MacDonald, The Centre for Mindful Self Compassion (2019-2020)
• Promoting Mindful Practice in Medical Education and Practice. Ron Epstein, Mick Krasner, Shauna Shapiro, Centre for Experiential Learning, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry (2012)
• 16 Guidelines for Life. (level 1) Dekyi Lee Oldershaw, Craig Mackie, Eizabeth Skronski, The Centre for Compassion and Wisdom (2011)
• Mindfulness Meditation (interprofessional certificate program). Michele Chaban, MSW, RSW, PhD and Marco Mascarin, M.A, Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University, (2011)
• Compassion Fatigue Training. Françoise Mathieu, MEd, CCC. WHP (2009)
• Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. Jon Kabat-Zinn & Saki Santorelli, Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society (2005)
• Meditation: Advanced Practice and Teacher Training. Kumar Jeeva , Samagra (2008)
• Mindfulness Meditation in Clinical Practice Training. Michael Stone, Centre of Gravity (2008)
• Transformative Mindfulness Self-Healing. Dekyi Lee Oldershaw, Lamp on the Path (2005)
• Five Tibetan Yoga Facilitator. Dekyi Lee Oldershaw, Lamp on the Path (2009)
• Reiki First and Second Degree, Usui Method of Natural Healing, Ellen Sutherland, Reiki Master(2000-2001)
• Listening to the Body: Principles and Tools of Phoenix rising Yoga Therapy. Ruth Jacobson, Kripalu Centre for Yoga and Health(2007).
• Workshops with Tara Brach, Byron Katie
• and more

• Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers
• Ontario Association of Social Workers

• Workshops/presentations on wellness, self-care and compassion fatigue to professionals working in health care, child welfare, education and community organizations
• Teach professional competencies, mindfulness and wellness/self-care to health professionals and learners through the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University, Hamilton
• Education regarding end-of-life care
• Group facilitation related to wellness in body, mind and spirit
• Training in transformative mindfulness and meditation

I thank teachers past, present and future for guiding and supporting me along this path. Namaste.