Jacqueline Hermida, P.D., M.S., LMHC, C-IAYT
Jacqueline Hermida has over two decades of experience teaching and counseling individuals of all ages and abilities. Through a person-centered approach and the integration of Western, Eastern, Southern, and Northern modalities that subtly culminate into a unified paradigm, individuals are guided and empowered to heal, transform, and self-actualize.
In her Western training, Ms. Hermida has earned three distinct Master’s Degrees in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Special Education, and Educational Administration. Her career path began as an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapist, to becoming the Crisis Intervention Director of the STEP Program at Sagamore Children’s Psychiatric Center. Currently, she is the Director of Wellness at St. Joseph’s College, Center for Wellness and maintains her private practice where she offers Psychotherapy, Energy Medicine, Yoga Therapy, Meditation, and various Wellness Educational Programs. Ms. Hermida is a licensed psychotherapist pursuing her Ph.D. in Integral and Transpersonal Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies. She has been clinically trained in both psychodynamic and humanistic orientations and practices as a transpersonal psychotherapist.
In her Eastern training, she began her journey through studying the Martial Arts with particular attention to Wing Chun, Chi Gong, and Tai Chi. Through studying the Martial Arts, she was led to the practice of Yoga. After practicing daily for several years she went on to complete two separate and in-depth 500-hour teacher training programs. Currently, she is a certified yoga therapist through the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) and teaches in the tradition of T. Krishnamacharya, Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram (KYM). Both Martial Arts and Yoga have opened the windows to Meditation. Presently, she studies Meditation from the Buddhist Mindfulness lineage and continues her meditative studies with MBSR of Long Island.
In her Southern and Northern training, Ms. Hermida has studied with medicine people throughout her life learning the ways of the natural healing world. Her South American and Northern Native heritage continues to guide all of her hands-on healing work. Currently, she practices natural spiritual healing processes from the tradition of Shamanism and continues to integrate the four directions through continual study and practice, applying alternative healing methods from these foundational teachings.
OM SO HAM – I AM THAT I AM
For it is not in the mastery of content that we find our freedom,
but rather in the mastery of ourselves…