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Meet Laura Rhodes-Levin of The Missing Peace-Center for Anxiety

Today we’d like to introduce you to Laura Rhodes-Levin.

Laura, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
How many lifetimes ago should I begin with? I grew up in the entertainment industry and spent the first 35 years of my life in that milieu. But after one heart attack, a divorce, and way too many drinks, I chose to get sober, and that’s really where this new life began.

Since I was a child of the 60s, meditation had been a part of my upbringing, and so I began teaching meditation at different sober living places. One of the more well-known institutions asked me to study how to do neurofeedback, and I agreed. Through the process of seeing many individual clients at this institution, I was repeatedly getting asked the question “Why aren’t you my real therapist? I wish you were my actual therapist.”

So I thought why not? I went back to school in my 40s and got my Masters degree as a marriage and family therapist. So here I am with my neurofeedback practice, a full-time school schedule and now the need to get internship hours. Basically, I had three full-time jobs! Can you say anxiety? Maybe not the best choice for someone who had already suffered a heart attack at the ripe young age of 37, but a great choice for the future founder of anxiety clinic.

In this lifetime journey, I was given the gift of learning how to self-soothe in a way that is healthy, safe and fulfilling, even when my schedule was packed. It sounds corny, but it is really my dream come true to be able to help people manage their anxiety and feel of peace and connection in the world that maybe they had never even imagined.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Definitely drinking and drugs made the road anything but smooth but ironically they led me to the path of my future. You see, a lot of people think drinking and drugging is about escape. In my opinion, it is not. I think drinking is about the ability to be in the moment.

When I was high, music was great, food tasted wonderful, I could connect with the people around me, and I certainly didn’t care about my bills, a fight with my boyfriend, or any other anxieties that were plaguing me at the time. My senses would take over, and I could be in the moment. So what I came to realize was that if I found a way to access my senses without being high, then I could relax even the most stressful of situations.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about The Missing Peace-Center for Anxiety – what should we know?
I am the founder of The Missing Peace – Center for Anxiety. W specialize in helping people of all ages who struggle with anxiety, depression, and/or PTSD.

I have incorporated several modalities of healing into the program. The truth is I think I’m a very good therapist, not to mention modest LOL, but it takes more than flour to make a cake. We provide neurofeedback, alpha stimulation, clinical aromatherapy, massage therapy, art therapy, energy work, group therapy, breathwork, and movement.

It is this combination of healers that delivers our clients from the grips of trauma, anxiety or depression to a feeling of inner peace and safety in the world, not to mention, they are enjoying life again! That is what I am most proud of. Creating is were both the healers and the clients can fuel the passion of their purpose.

What sets us apart from others? Hmmm, that’s a good question. I don’t really think, or perhaps I just don’t know of any other place quite like ours at least that’s the comment I got quite often. We have a galaxy room in which you lay back and look at the stars.

We actually have a tropical room where you can put your feet in the sand and learn how just to be. Each room creates a different way to get you in touch with your senses and as I mentioned earlier coming to your senses is the best way to get out of your anxiety.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
It sounds corny to say, but it took me years of trials and tribulations to learn how to love myself. Ego and self-love are complete opposites. I think if I had to sum it all up, I think that’s what we really teach our clients.

It’s all about loving yourself and having compassion for being human. We all make mistakes but experiencing compassion instead of judgment for myself and others key to my success and ultimately the client’s success.

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