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Hannah Kanter, LMSW, RYT

Therapist, Meditation and Yoga Teacher, Reiki practitioner

I am a psychotherapist (LMSW in the state of Michigan), mindfulness teacher, yoga instructor, energy worker, and experienced Reiki practitioner. I help individuals and families overcome mood disorders, anxiety disorders – including PTSD, OCD and body-focused repetitive behaviors (e.g. trichotillomania), psychosis, body image concerns, perinatal challenges, dual diagnosis, and substance use disorders. My mission is to help clients learn to love themselves. I am devoted to engaging patients and their families with psycho education about mental illness, grief, trauma and the appropriate interventions to reduce their suffering. Most recently, I provided Psychological First Aid for COVID-19 healthcare providers on the front line at Michigan Medicine in Ann Arbor. I am also passionate about complementary medicine. I enjoy sharing mindfulness practices and helping clients connect to their intuitive wisdom. 

  

In addition to psychotherapy, I also offer private healing sessions. These sessions are tailored to the client’s needs, often including a mixture of dialogue and energy work, closing with a personalized guided meditation. Clients learn to sense their own energy body and inner guidance.

 

I regularly work with clients seeking to connect or reconnect to a Higher Power.

My job is to facilitate my client’s connection to their highest Self and a Higher Power. That Higher Power can be called God, Goddess, The Great Spirit, The Universe, The Divine, The Creator, nature, etc. For some, this belief system includes connecting to Spirit Guides, Angels, Masters of Light, Animal Guides, and/or Ancestral Guides. I do not promote a single belief system, but rather encourage my clients to discover or reconnect with their own conceptions of a loving Higher Power.

  • Attended over 100 hours of training on muscle engagement and alignment.

  • Completed 200-hr intensive training at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat.

  • Completed Reiki I with Julie Kusiak.

  • Completed 200-hr intensive training at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat.

Hannah Kanter

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts degree in History with a focus on History of Medicine and a minor in Medical Anthropology, 
    University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

  • Master of Social Work, University of Michigan.

    • Completed an internship at Michigan Medicine Adult Ambulatory Psychiatry in Ann Arbor.

  • Postgraduate social work fellowship, Michigan Medicine Adult Ambulatory Psychiatry, Ann Arbor, MI.

    • Provided psychotherapy in the adult ambulatory Crisis Support, Perinatal, Anxiety, and Addiction Treatment Services clinics.

    • I was trained and supervised in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) – for depression, anxiety, and insomnia – Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Cognitive Processing Therapy for trauma (CPT), Prolonged Exposure (PE) and mindfulness-based interventions, including Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).

    • Co-facilitated multiple groups, including the UMATS Health Professional’s Recovery Program (HPRP), two Dialectic Behavioral Therapy groups (Basic and Skills), two Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy Groups (MBCT), and one year of the Support Group for Family Members (of someone with mental illness).

Additional Trainings & Continuing Education

May 2021

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Basic Training - Weekend 2

Completed 20 hours of Weekend 2 EMDR Basic Training with Mark Nickerson, LICSW and the EMDR Institute.

February 2021

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Basic Training - Weekend 1

Completed 20 hours of Weekend 1 EMDR Basic Training with Judy Cabeceiras, LMFT and the EMDR Institute.

January 2021

Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Skills Training: Fundamentals 

Completed 24 hours of virtual training with Behavioral Tech: A Linehan Institute Training Company, led by Randy Wolbert, LMSW, CAADC, CCS and Kimberly Vale, LCSW-R. Received additional training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills: Core Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness, as well as the training methods required to help patients move from skills acquisition to generalization of skills into their natural environments. The intended purpose of the various skills and the rationale (including the evidence) for their place in the treatment are addressed.

October 2020

Trauma and Addiction Online Conference

Attended PESI and The Meadows' 2-day conference featuring world-renowned specialists including but not limited to Bessel van der Kolk, MD, Lisa Ferentz, LCSW-C, DAPA, Resmaa Menakem, LCSW, SEP, and Dick Schwartz, PhD, and Peter Levine, PhD.

June 2020

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Teacher Training Intensive                                       
Completed 6-day online training with Pat Rockman, MD CCFP, FCFP, through the Toronto Centre for Mindfulness.

 

November 2019

Attended Adolescent Health Initiative’s Connection Session: Navigating Michigan’s Legalization of Recreational Marijuana with Adolescent Patients                                  

 

November 2019

Mindful Self-Compassion Core Skills Training                                                               

The 2-day workshop was taught by Chris Germer, PhD, and Kristin Neff, PhD.

 

October 2019

Perinatal Mood Disorders Components of Care Training                             

The 2-day program was led by Postpartum Support International.

 

June 2019

Clinical Concerns and Gender Identity Training                                                                 

Completed NASW 12 CEs focused on the legal considerations, medical transition process and the therapist’s role to provide culturally-humble care for gender non-conforming and trans patients.

May 2019

Teaching Mindfulness in a Trauma-Informed and Healing Engaged Manner                      

The 2-day training was led by Trish Magyari, MS, CGC, MS, LCPS, RYT-200.

 

June 2018

Introduction to SBIRT in Primary Care                                                                             

Certified by the Indiana SBIRT and Indiana Prevention Resource Center (IRPC) for Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT), which is an evidence-based practice used to identify, reduce, and prevent problematic use, abuse, and dependence on alcohol and illicit drugs.

 

April 2013 – April 2017

Eischens Yoga with Kari Tomashik, Ferndale, MI                                             

Attended over 100 hours of training on muscle engagement and alignment.

 

January 2017

Motivational Interviewing, Ann Arbor, MI                                                                         

Completed 20 hours of Introduction to Motivational Interviewing taught by Marsha Benz (Wolverine Wellness) at the University of Michigan’s Health Services.

 

May – June 2016

Reiki I and Reiki II, Michigan Reiki, Ann Arbor, MI                                                   

Reviewed Reiki I and completed Reiki II training with Andrew Anders.

 

December 2015

DOVE Method Training, Ann Arbor, MI                                                                           

Completed training with Karen Greenberg. DOVE (Divine Original Vibration Embodiment) is a spiritual healing method that takes a comprehensive inventory of a client’s history, identifies areas for personal growth, and begins re-patterning limiting thoughts, beliefs, attitudes, emotions, and behaviors. Safely guides clients to delve deeply into their issues and emerge on the other side of pain, utilizing art, movement, sound, aromas, and more. 

 

May 2014

Reiki I, Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, MI                                                                             

Completed Reiki I with Julie Kusiak.

 

December 2012

Yoga Teacher Training, Nassau, Bahamas        

Completed 200-hr intensive training at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat.