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Who is Hannah?

My name is Hannah Kanter and I am a meditation and yoga teacher, energy worker, and Reiki practitioner. It is my mission to help clients learn to love themselves. I have experience helping 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. As a certified yoga teacher and Reiki therapist, I enjoy sharing mindfulness practices with others and helping my clients connect to the intuitive wisdom in their bodies.

 

I currently offer private healing sessions where I utilize complementary and alternative modalities not covered by insurance. 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 listen to their intuitive wisdom.

 

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, etc. 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. For some, this belief system includes connecting to Spirit Guides, Angels, Masters of Light, Animal Guides, and/or Ancestral Guides.

A primary alternative technique I use is the D.O.V.E. method, which helps clients reframe negative thoughts and overcome limiting beliefs, transforms trauma, and promotes self-empowerment.

One of my favorite things is to host energy circles, which incorporate breathing techniques, mindfulness practices, and energy work. I love seeing clients, who are often total strangers to one another, join together hand-in-hand in order to promote self-love, self-care, and overall health. I also offer both individual and group private yoga classes. Sometimes I use Tibetan singing bowls, which facilitates relaxation and positively influences brain waves.

 
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Education and Training

Snowy Forest

Experience

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

 
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Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Teacher Training Intensive,

June 2020

Mindful Self-Compassion Core Skills Training,

November 2019

Completed Perinatal Mood Disorders Components of Care Training, 

October 2019

Clinical Concerns and Gender Identity Training,

June 2019         

Teaching Mindfulness in a Trauma-Informed and Healing Engaged Manner,

May 2019                     

Eischens Yoga with Kari Tomashik, Ferndale, MI                    April 2013 – April 2017

Motivational Interviewing,

Ann Arbor, MI

January 2017

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

DOVE Method Training, Ann Arbor, MI        December 2015

Reiki I, Beaumont Hospital,

Royal Oak, MI 

May 2014

Yoga Teacher Training, Nassau, Bahamas  December 2012

  • Completed 6-day online training with Pat Rockman, MD CCFP, FCFP, through the Toronto Centre for Mindfulness.

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

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

  • 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. 

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

  • Completed Reiki I with Julie Kusiak.

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

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

  • 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.

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

Snowy Forest

Experience

 
Snowy Forest

Experience

 
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Postgraduate

Social Work Fellow,

Adult Ambulatory Psychiatry at Michigan Medicine,

Ann Arbor, MI

Social Work Intern Michigan Medicine Adult Ambulatory Psychiatry, 

Ann Arbor, MI

Assistant to the Director of the Collegiate Recovery Program,

University of Michigan,

Ann Arbor, MI

Consultant

Yoga Teacher,

LA Fitness

Manager of Operations and
Yoga Teacher,

Shanti Yoga,

Berkley, MI

  • From January 2019 – December 2019 worked on the Crisis Support Clinic and Perinatal teams.

  • As a member of the Anxiety Disorders Clinical Team and Addiction Treatment Services since January 2020 – December 2020:

    • Collaborated with integrated health care team, including psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, and other social workers.

    • Conducted biopsychosocial spiritual assessments for new patients, including suicide risk assessments. Discuss safety planning and introduce tools for distress tolerance.

    • Provided weekly psychotherapy to patients diagnosed with mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and/or substance use disorders. Used evidence-based methods for interventions, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for depression, CBT for anxiety, Exposure Response Prevention (ERP), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), mindfulness, Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and Prolonged Exposure (PE). Provide ongoing suicide risk assessments if the patient has a history of depression, suicidal ideation, or a history of prior suicide attempts.

    • Provided patients with psychoeducation about mental illness, grief and trauma.

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

  • Completed further training and supervision in CPT, Couple’s Therapy, DBT, IPT, MI and CBT for anxiety including ERP.

  • From January 2019 – December 2019 worked on the Crisis Support Clinic and Perinatal teams.

  • As a member of the Anxiety Disorders Clinical Team and Addiction Treatment Services since January 2020 – December 2020:

    • Collaborated with integrated health care team, including psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, and other social workers.

    • Conducted biopsychosocial spiritual assessments for new patients, including suicide risk assessments. Discuss safety planning and introduce tools for distress tolerance.

    • Provided weekly psychotherapy to patients diagnosed with mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and/or substance use disorders. Used evidence-based methods for interventions, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for depression, CBT for anxiety, Exposure Response Prevention (ERP), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), mindfulness, Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and Prolonged Exposure (PE). Provide ongoing suicide risk assessments if the patient has a history of depression, suicidal ideation, or a history of prior suicide attempts.

    • Provided patients with psychoeducation about mental illness, grief and trauma.

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

  • Completed further training and supervision in CPT, Couple’s Therapy, DBT, IPT, MI and CBT for anxiety including ERP.

  • As a member of the Crisis Support Clinic team:

    • Collaborated with integrated health care team.

    • Conducted biopsychosocial spiritual assessments for new patients, including suicide risk assessments. Discuss safety planning and introduce tools for distress tolerance.

    • Provided weekly psychotherapy to patients diagnosed with mood disorders and/or anxiety disorders. Use evidence-based methods for interventions, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for depression, CBT for psychosis (CBTp), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), Motivational Interviewing, mindfulness and expressive therapies for trauma. Provided ongoing suicide risk assessments if the patient has a history of depression, suicidal ideation, or a history of prior suicide attempts.

    • Provided patients with psychoeducation about mental illness, grief and trauma.

  • As a member of The Program for Risk Evaluation and Prevention (PREP) focused on psychosis-spectrum related disorders:

    • Conducted new patient evaluations for individuals presenting with psychotic symptoms.

    • Assisted with the bi-weekly Multi Family Psychoeducation Group for individuals with psychosis and their family members.

  • Co-facilitated groups including 8-week session of Survivors of Suicide Group (for family and friends who lost a loved one) and Support Group for Adults with Depression.

  • Completed mentorships in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy; Interpersonal Psychotherapy; Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Depression; Child-Parent Psychotherapy.

  • Preceptorships: HIV/AIDs Treatment Program; Deaf Health Clinic, PsychOncology.

  • Facilitated weekly group discussion meetings with students about recovery and other wellness-related issues.

  • Led guided meditations and mindfulness activities, which reduce stress.

  • Organized program goals for the Collegiate Recovery Program.

  • Interviewed other collegiate recovery program directors across the United States to improve program activities.

  • Analyzed survey results of CRP student feedback and statistical data.

  • Coordinated financial and event planning with Students for Recovery Organization.

  • Created weekly program schedule for the Fall 2016 and Winter 2017 semesters.

  • Served as a business coach for Dawn Whitehorn, the owner of YogaTru.

  • Set up MindBody software.

  • Helped design logo and build the website.

  • Taught 2 classes/week in metro-Detroit area -- a gentle, yin-based class and a vinyasa-blend class.

  • Oversaw daily business operations including front desk and payroll.

  • Designed and maintained the company’s website as well as social media outlets.

  • Wrote and edited monthly business newsletter.

  • Coordinated marketing campaigns such as Groupon, Living Social, and ads in The Detroit Free Press, which increased clientele and revenue.

  • Maintained MindBody software and oversaw staff of six.

  • Oversaw detailed group projects, coordinated leaders and committees and ran meetings.

  • Coordinated a Yogathon to fundraise for St. Jude, which included marketing campaigns and partnering with local businesses. We raised over $2,000. 

  • Responsible for the management of all class schedules and studio space.

  • Taught gentle Candlelight, Blend, Vinyasa, and Prana-Flow yoga classes. Assisted with children and family yoga classes.

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