Today we’d like to introduce you to Liz Disterhoft.
Liz, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
The human spirit has always fascinated me; it’s expressive nature and incredible resiliency. My former career was in the art world, teaching painting to teens, assisting artists and helping build collections. I decided to become a social worker when I realized how profoundly I cared about the feelings and lives of the people I worked with and wanted to be of service in a way that was more meaningful to me. After getting my Master’s in Social Work at Simmons College, I began a career as a therapist in community health centers working with people from all over the world. Working with clients from different cultures and belief systems showed me the interconnectedness and oneness of humanity. Sitting alongside medical professionals and chronic illness gave me profound awareness into the relationship of the mind and body. Through these experiences, it became clear to me that in order to fully treat a condition or illness we need to treat the whole person, mind, body and spirit. In 2014, I learned Reiki as a form of self-care and was instantly hooked. Reiki is a Japanese system of energy healing that provides many benefits to both the receiver and practitioner. The nurturing quality of Reiki produces a deep state of relaxation, enhancing the natural ability to heal oneself. Practicing self-Reiki helped me grow and develop on both a personal and professional level. I felt my world expand and my intuition as a therapist deepen. Using Reiki within talk therapy sessions changed the way I worked. I began to use Psychotherapeutic Reiki, a combination of traditional psychotherapy and Reiki energy work. My clients were finding that their emotional healing was accelerated with the support of Reiki during psychotherapy sessions and additionally they slept better, felt less pain and aligned to their true callings.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Coming from the mental health system and stepping into holistic counseling, I had to let go of some of the more traditional ideas about therapy practice and what it was supposed to look like. I needed to rely on my feminine intelligence and seek the support of likeminded therapists and mentors who also understand the need to change approaches and perspectives in mental health treatment. I knew from experience that Reiki helped people feel better and made talk therapy work more effectively.
Please tell us about Inner Light.
The mission of my practice, Inner Light, is to provide wellness and education services to help people discover their own innate healing capabilities. The goal is to create the opportunity for clients to get in touch with their instinctive wisdom so that they can find their unique solutions and authentic paths. I tend to draw an empathetic, creative and open-minded clientele base. I offer therapy sessions and use Psychotherapeutic Reiki, meditation and visualization alongside traditional psychological approaches and also provide education and groups. I teach Reiki classes to the community and other health care professionals in order to share the knowledge of this gentle and uplifting practice. Reiki classes are fun and bring people together in the community who share a similar belief in helping others. I co-teach a continuing education course for therapists interested in learning how to combine Reiki with psychotherapy with Dr. Richard Curtin, the author of Psychotherapeutic Reiki. I also provide expressive arts groups for children to foster emotional expression and create compassionate community.
What were you like growing up? Personality wise, interest wise, etc.
As a kid I was always making things, creating worlds and stories in my head, drawing, painting and writing all of the time. I suppose that I used art as my therapy growing up, creating something I thought was beautiful held a revolutionary power to me and it still does. It helped me to resist and recover from the harsh conditioning of society. I was the kid that befriended other kids who didn’t fit into the mold. I thought that if the kids who saw things a bit differently stuck together, perhaps one day we would notice something that hadn’t been noticed before and that this thing we saw would change the world for the better.
- Address: INNER LIGHT Elisabeth Disterhoft Clinical Social Worker and Reiki Master Teacher 111 Willard Street Suite 2E Quincy, MA 02169
- Website: https://www.innerlightboston.com
- Phone: 617-804-0905
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org