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Saturday, Oct 28/23 

Please visit for online CEU classes
 12 FL CEUs for nurses, massage therapists
with SILVIA CASABIANCA, Reiki Master
CALL (239) 948-9444

Oct 28 (part 1) and Dec 3 (part), 2023

8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (Oct 28 and 9 - 5:30 on Dec 3, 2023)
18 CEUs for Nurses, LMT, Midwives, Dietitians
18 CE

We offer holistic counseling

We offer holistic counseling

Because of the CV-2 epidemic I'm holding online sessions via or Zoom. A few minutes before our scheduled session I will send you a link to connect. Zoom and Doxy are easy to use platforms that use encryption to guarantee confidential treatment of data. Please call for an appointment: (239) 948-9444. Still seeing couples and individuals. 

Counseling with Silvia Casabianca, LMHC MH8943

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So... you feel that the time has come to seek support. Maybe you feel overwhelmed, your stress levels have skyrocketed or you have gone through traumatic events. Or maybe, you want to explore issues that are bothering you in your daily life or your relationships, issues that prevent you from living fully and happily.

You embark on a holistic journey when you come to us (body-mind-spirit). Our counseling involves an initial assessment to help us determine the origin of those feelings, thoughts, beliefs or behaviors that have become limiting to you.

Counseling is a process that involves you and the therapist having a common goal: going back to balance through a process of renewal, transformation and looking at things from a new perspective.

What is counseling?

The word counseling is used to describe a therapeutic relationship or a collaborative effort between an individual, a couple, a family, or a group and a professional who has been trained to assist people in times of hardship or crisis or to help them find purpose, increase self-awareness, grow and know themselves better. 

Professional counselors help clients identify the cause of their distress, set up goals, and find potential solutions to problems that are causing emotional confusion and/or interfere with enjoying life. 

Counseling helps clients learn to improve communication and coping skills, strengthen their self-esteem, and change how they perceive themselves, others, and the world. In the counseling sessions, clients examine their behaviors, thoughts, and feelings and understand how those are causing difficulties in their lives. We help people eliminate toxic self-talk and practice mindfulness.

Why do people seek counseling?

There are many times in our lives when we all feel we need someone who can listen to us without judgment. Counseling is not just for those who suffer from serious psychological problems or have been diagnosed with a mental health disorder. A counselor can help individuals identify their real needs, overcome past traumas, improve communication and relational skills, make responsible decisions, or simply quiet the mind and find what they want to become. 

The therapeutic relationship with a counselor is essentially empowering

Everything said in therapy is confidential, and a professional counselor offers unconditional positive regard. 

Each counselor has a unique approach to their work. Many use a pragmatic approach, which means they use their knowledge after a thorough evaluation of the client's life circumstances and needs. 

The therapist at EYES WIDE OPEN

Mental Health Counselor, Reiki Master, and Art Therapist Silvia Casabianca's approach to therapy is integrative, holistic, and psychodynamic. She has been trained in psychoanalytic theory, humanistic approaches, somatics, the neurobiology of anxiety, and systemic family therapy and believes that the main goal of counseling is to achieve mindfulness. She encourages the patient to safely explore inner experiences (often through the use of art) and sees therapy as a continuing process of change that will hopefully continue after counseling has ended. She offers her clients psychoeducation, convinced that you can be more in charge of your healing process oncw you understand how your body and mind work. Silvia has a background as a former medical doctor and has been a psychotherapist since 1992. She has been fascinated by neuroscience and believes in the capacity of the brain to change (neuroplasticity). As an educator (university professor, head of Carpe Diem School in Cartagena, lecturer, and presenter), she believes a kinder society would result from parenting and education that systematically promotes empathy and compassion. 

Silvia is the author of several books in English and Spanish. The more recent are Heartminded: Conscious Evolution from Fear to Solidarity and its Spanish version, Homo Amandi: Evolución Consciente del Miedo a la Solidaridad. Her other books are, Regaining Body Wisdom, Stress Management for Massage Therapists, Holistic and Integrative Management of Stress for Nurses (co-authored with Linda Cupit), and Health, Illness, Therapeutic Relationships, and Cultural Competence. Her latest research work has revolved around the neuroscience of love. 

Benefits of Counseling

The benefits of therapy manifest in the person becoming open to experience life at its fullest; being able to trust their own ability to make decisions; accepting themselves for who and what they are, and accepting responsibility for their own behavior. Therapy aims at helping people be productive and loving. But overall, counseling increases self-awarenss and quiets the mind.

When to seek help

Never wait until your feelings disrupt your life.

If you are going through a time in your life when:

  • it seems difficult to understand why your relationship has become conflicting,
  • your levels of anxiety or anger are mounting up,
  • you feel so sad that it is difficult to get up in the morning, 
  • you can't pass on an issue that is far away in the past...

... you need to examine what's going on in your life.

Maybe you lost your sense of purpose, you lost a dear one and never had time to mourn, you  ended a relationship or have been diagnosed with a chronic and limiting condition. In all of these cases a counselor can provide valuable and life-changing assistance.

A professional counselor will encourage your personal growth and development in ways that foster your interest and well being.

Contact EYES WIDE OPEN for an assessment to see what services could provide you with relief and support to transform your life:

(239) 948-9444 English and Spanish

Click below to download the forms you need to fill before your first appointment

Silvia Casabianca most recent books:
Heartminded: Conscious Evolution from Fear to Solidarity (2020) and
Homo Amandi: Evolución Consciente del Miedo a la Solidaridad (2020). 

Please watch her promotional videos, which summarize the topic of the books: 

Heartminded (English)
Homo Amandi (Spanish)

Click here to watch the video of Silvia Casabianca interviewing Eileen Bobrow about Family Therapy

Click here to listen to Terry Real's relationship advise
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We humans seem to be mired in strife. Sometimes, it almost seems a part of who we are as a species. But is that really our natural state? Might it be possible for us to rise above the hatred, greed, and resentments that seem such integral parts of our daily lives? Can we put aside our grievances—in our families, our jobs, and our personal associations—and learn to approach each other with love? Can we come to truly care for each other on a global level? In these pages, Dr. Silvia Casabianca argues that, in fact, humans are hardwired for love and compassion. These gifts reside in our genes, our physiology, our chemistry. And they can be nurtured and developed. They can be harnessed and used to solve many of the problems we struggle with—from the interpersonal to the geopolitical. Millennia of human experience have led us to this moment, when we are perhaps finally ready to weave together all we’ve learned about the mind, body, and soul and come to recognize, embrace, and enact our true, loving nature.

  Dr. Casabianca’s message is one of hope for all. Through the ideas and practices explored in this book, we can heal ourselves, our families, our governments, and even our planet.

Tom Wallace, editor


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