Luisa Millan Center for Effective Therapy

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I describe myself as a compassionate woman who was able to find healing through a combination of Reiki and psychotherapy. In the last 16 years, after experiencing trauma, I have been seeking a way to feel better about myself. A way to live a fulfilled, balanced, and happier life.

After working on the path to self-healing, I have found a passion for helping and empowering others to do the same.

As a level 1 Reiki practitioner, I have practiced for the last six years by providing Reiki to clients, friends, and family. I have experience volunteering by providing Reiki sessions to health care providers within the oncology unit at Shady Grove Medical Center, next to my Reiki Master and other Reiki practitioners.

I recently obtained my Level 2 certificate and now I am taking a wonderful journey of offering my Reiki practice to clients at the Center for Effective Psychological Services.

What is Reiki?:

Reiki is a holistic healing practice originated in Japan, that helps your system balance itself. Balance means different things at different times, If you are tired, you’ll feel refreshed; If you are anxious, you’ll feel serene; If you are distressed, you’ll feel comforted. Reiki treatment also helps you to cope with a wide range of health conditions, it is safe, and  does not interfere with any medical care. Reiki is credited with promoting healing and addressing a host of ailments from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety, heart disease, as well as the side effects of cancer treatment. By encouraging your system toward balance, Reiki practice can help you in any situation, and is a great way to promote peace, relaxation, and a sense of connectedness.

What will happen in a session, and how is Reiki provided:
​During a session, you will be asked to lay on a massage table, fully clothed. I will rest my hands on or just above your body, palms down. I use a set of 8 to 12 hand positions, each held for about two to five minutes, depending on your needs. There are no side effects since Reiki is a non-invasive treatment. You will probably feel the urge to use the restroom after a session, feel thirsty, and experience better sleep.
Balance is always a good thing because your body can only self-heal when your nervous system is balanced.

Here are some benefits from Reiki treatment:

• Release of tension and anxiety
• Reduce the perception of pain
• Reduction of emotional distress
• Increase body-mind awareness
• Increase a sense of safety and inner peace
• Lowers blood pressure and heart rate
• Increases function of the immune system
• Produces deep relaxation
• Improves sleep

Meet Us

Claudia Salazar

Claudia Salazar, Psy.D
Work-related stress & trauma

Ellen McSweeney

Ellen Mcsweeney, LGSW
Trauma & Grief Therapist


Katherine Maestre, LGPC