Living Pono Counseling specializes in psychotherapy, collaborative services for adults, children, couples, and families. Our priority is to help our clients feel safe while addressing life’s toughest issues so that they can flourish in daily life. We strive to find lifelong solutions and help lasting improvements in your life.
Therapy can be extremely helpful and fulfilling, but also requires active involvement both in and out of session to be most effective. Changing thought patterns and emotional reactions or behaviors are based on honesty and openness. Deciding to partake in therapy is a very personal decision and can promote healthy life habits, improved communication, stability in relationships, and healthy stress levels.
Your first therapy session will be considered consultation and will be based on the challenges that lead you to make the appointment, general information about yourself, your current life situation, and setting obtainable and sustainable goals. At the end of the session, we will give you initial recommendations and guidance for your future sessions.
Sessions are 45 minutes in length and are scheduled once a week. We will collaborate on a treatment plan that incorporates effective strategies for current and future health.
Parent/Child Coach & Elementary School Teacher
The Harmony Coach
LAURA LUNARDI is a Parent/Child Coach, Kindergarten teacher, and mother of two. She obtained her B.A. in Psychology & Elementary Education from DePaul University, as well as a B.A. in Early Childhood Development from Kendall College.
Although she has a thorough educational background related to understanding children and family dynamics, Laura states, “my education was invaluable and set a deep foundation for educating others, but I do believe most of my true learning took place over 20+ years of teaching, coaching, and parenting.”
Laura has always taken the complete approach when educating her kindergarteners, believing family involvement was of the utmost importance. After years of working with and helping families where she could, she decided to start “The Harmony Coach,” taking all she had learned and spreading that knowledge further than her classroom.
The goal of The Harmony Coach is to help nourish the bond between parents and their children. As that bond strengthens, she teaches parents and children alike, how to nurture that connection for continued growth through adolescents into adulthood. The Harmony Coach can help families with an existing solid dynamic, as well as families who believe their connection could use strengthening. Laura has been there and knows how to navigate the difficult world of parenting and can help create more peaceful interactions and bring harmony into your home.
Please follow this link if you would like to learn more about creating more peace and harmony in your home.
Fusion of Wellness
ASHLEY HILL has an impressive list of accolades as an accomplished equestrian and horse trainer. Ashley has qualified for major equestrian sporting events all over the country beginning at just 7 years old and has continued her athletic career with her equestrian training business: Forest Hill Farm.
When Ashley learned of the benefits of Manga Wave PEMF therapy used on equines, she immediately adapted her program to include PEMF therapy for the benefit of the sport horses under her care. Since 2014, Ashley has performed PEMF sessions on thousands of horses and has witnessed tension release, pain reduction, and accelerated injury healing. From years of working with animals, Ashley has a highly trained eye for non-verbal communication and can pinpoint problem areas with great accuracy.
In the early summer of 2018, Ashley earned certification to treat humans with Magna Wave PEMF therapy. Benefits can be felt within the very first session and cover an impressive list of body and even mental health ailments. Because of Ashely's training with horses that use body language to communicate, Ashely has a unique perspective when it comes to helping people feel better faster.
Please follow the link to learn more about Ashely and to schedule an appointment.
Healing with Portia
Portia Watznauer, Master Level Reiki Practitioner and Owner of Healing with Portia created her practice with the intention to aid in the healing of others. Years of healing her own traumas and physical ailments led her to stumble across reiki healing and all of its benefits. Reiki positively impacts mental, physical, and emotional health, and we all deserve a healthy fulfilled life.
Certified by Awakenings Holistic Wellness, her passion to heal and reignite others was set ablaze. The tradition of which she was trained and certified is The Ancient Japanese tradition, Usui Ryoho Reiki. Reiki means “universal life energy”. The “Healing with Portia” experience is a blend of ancient holistic healing techniques and unifying guidance to realign, relax, and reconnect with your optimal health and wellness.
Working with energy points and meridians in the body, reiki clears stagnant energy, aids in physical healing, allows mind and body to release stubborn thoughts, emotions, and pains, as well as encourages mental clarity. Her personalized practice integrates energy healing, coaching, and follow-up support. Using her expertise and background, Portia’s goal is always to make the healing process as graceful and supported as possible.
Sessions are available in-person at our Libertyville location, or virtually.