“Megan studied psychology as an undergraduate and completed her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling at Stetson University in 2004. She is a licensed psychotherapist in the state of Florida and has worked extensively with individuals suffering from anxiety, depression, body image distortions and emotional imbalances. Megan had a private practice in Winter Park, Florida before venturing to Nicaragua for a new adventure and change of pace. She has offered individual and couples retreats in Nicaragua for the last 5 years. Throughout this time, she has learned a lot about the makings of an authentic retreat, and customizes each one to fit the individual needs of the guest. Some examples of issues worked on during her retreats have included, relationship conflicts, grief counseling, anxiety, mild depression, adjustment problems and career/life changes.
After the initial inquiries, Megan will schedule a confidential Skype session or phone call to address your concerns and the specifics of what you hope to achieve on your retreat. This is also an opportunity for you to get a feel for her style and therapeutic ideology before you commit to the healing retreat process. Megan absolutely loves being a therapist and believes, “it is the ultimate privilege to work with clients as they are journeying through the unknown and trusting me with their emotional space. I was born to be a therapist, and couldn’t imagine my life having taken any other path.” Check out the Heal & Relax section to learn more about the healing options offered through NicaRetreats.
Megan draws her therapy style from an eclectic group of teachers, but considers herself existential and humanistic in her approach to therapy. As a graduate student, she found great inspiration from the works of Victor Frankl, Virginia Satir, Irvin Yalom, Soren Kierkeegard and Carl Rogers. Post graduate studies she was led to different styles of therapy such as Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy and Imago Relationship Therapy. She has studied with many wonderful teachers since graduate school including Hedy Schleifer (Tikkun Learning Center), Maya Kollman (IRT) and Soleil Hepner (PRYT). Her continuing education in progressive modalities continues to shape her integrative and unique approach to the healing process.
*Lastly, it is important to remember that a healing retreat is not a replacement for continual therapy or self-exploration, but simply a compliment to it… or in many cases, a jump start to get you moving in the right direction.
“Challenging the meaning of life is the truest expression of the state of being human.”
~Viktor E. Frankl