Hello! My name is Gabriella, owner of Resonant Balance. I am a Usui Reiki Master Teacher, International Academy of Sound Healing trained sound therapy practitioner, and End-of-Life Doula. I graduated from the University of Vermont End-of-Life Doula program in 2018, and I am currently serving as a hospice volunteer. (In 2020, I intend to make myself officially available as an End-of-Life Doula – in the meantime, I am preparing and getting all of the necessary particulars into place to begin formally offering my services as a private practice death doula.)
My own struggles with mysterious disabling health issues, the subsequent long hard road of finding a diagnosis, and the trials and tribulations of seeking treatments that worked for me played a major part in drawing me to this work. I began studying Reiki and working with the 5 Principles of Reiki in 2013, and completed Usui Master level training in the spring of 2019. One thing that really appealed to me about both Reiki and sound therapy is that they both have the potential to provide benefits in a non-invasive way without side effects. Receiving Reiki and sound therapy and beginning to use this work on myself, as well as witnessing the profound effects that this work can have on others (and then, to my surprise, seeing the impact that I was able to have on others as a practitioner!) inspired me to go into this field professionally.
My practice is informed by my awareness around navigating disability and struggles with accessibility, as I know how difficult that can be. Chronic illness, chronic pain, invisible illness, disability, doctors, medical testing… There are so many changes, concerns, and struggles that a person faces when they are going through these things – physically, mentally, spiritually, socially, financially – on all levels. It is my goal to provide a safe comfortable space, where all of my clients can relax and be supported. My background and training as an End-of-Life Doula allows me to support clients in a grief-informed way through losses, changes, and other challenges that may bring up grief or mourning.
Something that I like about these modalities is that they are flexible. A person can try a session one time just to see if it is a good fit for them, or if they would like this work can become part of their routine with regular sessions. That flexibility in and of itself is accessible – to be able to suit a person as needed, meeting them where they are.
Outside of work, I am an avid reader (each year I try to read at least 100 books), and I’m a big fan of supporting local libraries. I love art – both appreciating and creating (drawing, collage, mixed media, sculpture, ceramics, fiber arts…etc., etc.!) I love to volunteer and serve my community in a number of ways – offering my time to organizations in the area, serving as a hospice volunteer, and knitting and crocheting items for winter donations to a number of organizations within Chittenden County to keep folks warm during cold Northeastern winters.