Wellness in the World: Dr. Kelli and Dr. Kristy team up in the kitchen!

Hello! In this new episode of Wellness in the World, my way of sharing a bit of wellness via a show on YouTube, Dr. Kristy Holloway and I show you how to make a batch of elderberry syrup for immune support and bone broth for gut health. Check it out:

https://youtu.be/FLxQnGW8Apo

Here is a little more information about my friend and colleague, Dr. Kristy Holloway:

Bio:

Dr. Kristy Christopher-Holloway is an Assistant Professor at Lindsey Wilson College, the founder and director of New Vision Counseling Center, LLC, a group private practice in Douglasville, GA; and the founder of New Vision Consulting and Training, LLC.  She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Georgia, a National Certified Counselor, a Distance Credentialed Counselor, and an Approved Clinical Supervisor.  Dr. Christopher-Holloway earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Louisiana State University-Shreveport, her Master of Science degree from Georgia State University, and her Doctoral degree in Counselor Education and Supervision from Argosy University-Atlanta.  

Her current clinical focus involves working with minority women experiencing infertility trauma, birth trauma, perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, and pregnancy and infant loss.  She has worked in settings to include private practice, in home, outpatient, and residential treatment, working with children, adolescents, and adults, providing individual, couple, family, and group counseling.  

Dr. Christopher-Holloway has presented at conferences, workshops, and trainings locally, nationally, and internationally with focuses on African Americans and mental health, the psycho-emotional impact of infertility in African American women, incorporating religion and spirituality in the counseling session, counselor multicultural competence, the strong Black woman syndrome and generational trauma, operating a successful private practice, wellness in clinical practice, and more. 

My Interview with Dr. Kristy:

What attracted you to the counseling field?

Well, we all have a journey that leads us to our life's purpose and destination. Growing up going to therapy, even really talking about it was taboo and unheard of. I wanted to be able to help others on their journey. I wanted to be a voice for those who had either lost their voice, or had not quite found it yet. I wanted to be an example to others in the African American community and ethnic minorities that therapists could not only look like them, but that therapy is also ok and not for "crazy people." 

What is one thing you’ve learned about counseling that no one ever told you?

You will grow with your clients! I don't think I was told that. I learned that as I helped them, that often times I needed to reflect on my own growth. To me, therapy is a reciprocal relationship, as my client evolves, so do I.

What is your favorite part of your work?

Meeting new people. Being able to bear witness to other's healing. Being able to hold a safe space for my clients. I also love training new clinicians.

What does "wellness" mean to you?

Wellness is more than just manis and pedis. To me, wellness encompasses the entire person. It is making an effort to be balanced in all areas mentally, physically, spiritually, financially, socially, cognitively, etc. It is about being intentional and slowing down enough to listen! 

Here is how you can find Dr. Kristy:

Website: www.kristycholloway.com and www.newvisioncounselingcenter.com

Social Media: www.facebook.com/drkristychollowaywww.linkedin.com/in/kristychristopherholloway; Instagram: dr.kristycholloway

 Contact Info: kristycholloway@gmail.com

Kelli Ritter