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Our Team of Holistic CareLightingThe Path toMental Health HealingBy Kathi HolzschuherI n 2018, Jeanette Lira, an elementary and middle school counselor, felt there was more she could be doing to help others. She had an idea and a vision. So, she quit her job ofeight years, cashed in her retirement, and launched a new business. “I threw everything in the air and gave it to God,” says Lira.Jeanette is the founder of Auravia Holistic Therapy, which offers a unique counseling and behavior modification approach that encompasses the entire being. The name Auravia is derived from the Latin words “aura,” meaning light, and “via,” meaning the way, thus forming Lira’s mission to “light the way to a positive soul.”It all happened by accident. Lira initially wanted to be a nurse and applied to nursing school, only to be placed on a waitlist. Impatient, she enrolled in college and earned what she says was the fastest degree she could get, psychology. She then earned her master’s degree in counseling and was hired as a school therapist. All was well. Until it wasn’t.Suddenly, Jeanette’s world was turned upside down. First, her brother lost his battle with mental health and passed away. Next, she found herself in the midst of a divorce. She became depressed and anxious, with no idea who she was as an individual. Through her own mental health struggle, soul searching, natural healing, and independence, she found her passion; “to help each individual heal in a specific and good way for them,” says Lira.A place that is always giving you a welcome, with positive energy.The uniqueness of Auravia’s approach starts with a calming environment designed for growth and healing. Each of their three lo- cations is situated in apeaceful, home-like area-not an office building. They are decorated for comfort, and safe interactions, where clients can kick off their shoes, cuddle up in a blanket, and chat. Recent client, Angelina C., says of her first visit, “They abso- lutely made my son and I feel welcomed and comfortable.”Holistic Singing BowlAuravia’s approach to mental health healing encompasses the whole person. This approach includes asking questions about the client’s social life, spirituality, job or profession, medications, relationships, and physical health. Are they anxious or depressed? Do they have physical ailments, aches, pains, or chronic headaches? Auravia counselors consult with primary care and other physicians to obtain diagnostic labs, discuss any medical issues, and highlight vitamin and hormone levels deficiencies. Then, the counselor will tailor a treatment plan specific to the individual.Treatment is not limited to traditional talk therapy, though that is a component.Instead, Auravia counselors use cutting-edge modalities for quicker, lasting healing. One such treatment, ETT (Emotional Transformation Therapy), uses light and color stimulation to rewire the brain. This rewiring allows clients to remember and process traumatic events and situations without letting the trauma define them.EMDR (Eye Motion Desensitization Reprocessing) is another treatment option Auravia uses. EMDR works similarly to ETT but is a longer process. It eliminates and desensitizes trauma within the body and helps release the physical aches and pains caused by internalized emotions. Lira quickly reminds us that “trauma looks different for everyone and can be very debilitating.”Auravia is now offering The DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) Informed Skills Group, an “evidence-based approach focusing on change and acceptance interventions. These interventions can effectively reduce symptoms for various diagnoses, including depression, eating disorders, substance abuse, bipolar disorder,ADHD, oppositional defiant disorder, generalized anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder, and borderline personality disorder, along with reducing self-harming behaviors.”Nutrition Supplementation Therapy and Education includes the use of essential oils, vitamin supplements, and nutritional guidance and is often incorporated into a client’s treatment plan. Therapists use time-tested remedies for safety and effectiveness to reduce symptoms brought about by anxiety and depression. “My child has been professionally diagnosed by two different doctors, and they strongly urged medication. This was my last shot at a different route, and I’m tremendously grateful to Auravia for my child’s progression using supplements,” says one client’s mother.A scholarship program and a free app round out the mission of Jeanette Lira and Auravia Holistic Therapy. The scholarship program is supported through community sales of t-shirts. Profits help pay for therapy for those who can’t afford it. The Auravia App is a free app that allows users to track their daily emotions and provides journaling prompts and meditations. It is available on Apple and Google Play.Auravia Holistic Therapy accepts most major insurances and Medicaid. Rates are based on the provider. Private pay rates begin at $25 per hour, up to $150 per hour. Heavily supportive of education, Auravia contracts with several universities, providing student practicums and internships. Lira supervises all graduate level interns and has three supervisors that assist the associates, consults on care plans, and ensures that each client’s best quality of care is served.Auravia Holistic Therapy has four locations with three in San Antonio and one in Victoria, Texas. The closet location to Stone Oak is their location at Artisans’ Alley.Auravia Holistic Therapy555 W. Bitters Rd, Suite 101 San Antonio, Texas 78216(210) 858-6127www.auraviatherapy.comJeanette Lira — ownerMay 2022www.stoneoakhighlights.com9

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