New Therapeutic Counseling Services
Thanks to an exciting partnership with Memorial Assistance Ministries (MAM), Jane Cizik Garden Place now has therapeutic services on-site for all interested residents. Individual therapy sessions will be provided by Carolina Luna, LCSW. This expansion of services has been made possible by generous funding from Houston Methodist.
Carolina is a Mental Health Counselor for Memorial Assistance Ministries with over 7 years of experience in the mental health and substance abuse field. Carolina has a Master’s degree in Social Work with a specialization in Children and Families from Fordham University in New York City. She has helped many individuals in various settings including hospitals, outpatient clinics, and non-for-profit agencies.
Carolina has experience providing individual and group psychotherapy utilizing evidence-based approaches that focus on helping clients and residents make life changes towards personal goals. She pioneered a community youth program at her local church and coordinated weekly groups togive young people a place to belong. Those who know her would describe her as being compassionate and loving as well as being dedicated in all she manages. She is excited to work with the tenants at Jane Cizik Garden Place and branch out to counseling the women of JCGP. She will be providing services in the evenings after work hours to accommodate our tenants work schedules.
Carolina enjoys spending quality time with her husband and two young daughters, watching movies and taking walks in the park. She is fluent in Spanish and was born and raised in Queens, New York.
Jane Cizik Garden Place Presents Community Yoga
We are grateful for Jennifer Clements, certified Yoga instructor that has offered to volunteer at Jane Cizik Garden Place. She was introduced to The Home, by mom-in-law Lisa Simon and she brings with her a donation from MFT Interests to purchase yoga mats and blocks for our tenants to use. Residents will have the opportunity to stretch their body, mind while learning powerful yoga poses and techniques. This practice will undoubtedly help them gain insights into the physical and mental health benefits of yoga and deep stretching. Sessions will be held every Monday and will be made appropriate for all levels.
Case managers, Nena Chima and Ashley Stratton will participate with the community group, leading by doing. Jennifer plans to take advantage of our stunning garden to hold the practice outdoors, weather permitting. Of course, Community Yoga is also a great way to enhance fellowship and engagement at JCGP.
Jennifer has already shared some deep breathing techniques and stretches to the staff as she was oriented to her new volunteer role. We are thrilled to have her join our team.