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COMMUNITY EDUCATION: Seniors-Take Control of Your Well-Being

By | Events, Health & Wellness, Nutrition

Sahar Berjis, RD, and Rebecca Berke, BCH, will be presenting this two-hour class at the Danville Community Center. Aimed to provide seniors with the tools necessary to eat healthier and learn to make better choices adjusting for environmental and emotional factors associated with aging, it also addresses integrating mindfulness into your daily life. This hands-on workshop empowers seniors to have a better control of their health.

Register with the Danville Community Center:

September 16
https://apm.activecommunities.com/danvilleca/Activity_Search/new-class-nutrition-and-aging/15872

October 7
https://apm.activecommunities.com/danvilleca/Activity_Search/new-class-nutrition-and-aging/16622

COMMUNITY EDUCATION: What Every Parent Needs to Know About Cannabis

By | Events, Health & Wellness, Therapy

What Every Parent Needs to Know About Cannabis.

Our youth are more savvy than ever. Without the right information, our children are in danger. Get the facts.

The legalization of recreational cannabis is having a profound impact on our community and children. While the industry assembles the appropriate regulations, our youth are frequently experiencing the unintended consequences.

An increase in Emergency Department and Psychiatric visits are propelling the medical and Public Health communities to take action. There is too much inaccurate information related to recreational cannabis use. It is not reasonable to rely on law enforcement and the cannabis industry to keep our communities safe. As a community member and a parent, it is our responsibility to become adequately informed on how to best respond to this legalization and recreational cannabis use being experienced by our youth.

The experts are now bringing this information to you in your community. Join Comprehensive Wellness, in a partnership with the Cannabis Safety Team, to become informed—and help ensure the safety of our children.

Join us for this one-of-a-kind opportunity to learn from experts in the medical and public health community.

Monday, October 14, 2019
6:30-8:30pm
1450 Treat  Boulevard
Walnut Creek, CA 94598

$100

Register Today
What every parent needs to know about cannabis

CLINICIANS IN THE COMMUNITY: Alan Brast, PhD, Volunteers Expertise and Shares Love of Music

By | Clinicians in the Community, Health & Wellness

Dr. Alan Brast, an emotional trauma specialist at Comprehensive Wellness, is a long-time resident and volunteer in our local community.

Dr. Brast regularly offers free community lectures through the John Muir Health system, providing valuable knowledge and sharing information that may otherwise be inaccessible. Attendees often approach him following his lectures to share that they are feeling more informed and at ease.

In addition to his lectures, Dr. Brast also plays guitar and sings for ill patients in the hospital—offering them both comfort and relaxation in what is a very difficult time. On one occasion, he tells the story of entering the room of an older woman, who was clearly in pain. As he began to play, he recalls, “I looked up and noticed tears pouring from her eyes. I immediately stopped and apologized… she said, “oh, no, please don’t stop, this is the first relief from this terrible pain I have had in over two weeks.”The immense sense of satisfaction—knowing that he is giving back and bringing joy to his community—is what drives him to continue his great work.

If you love to sing or play an instrument and would like to join Dr. Brast in his efforts, please email him at abrast@comprehensivewellness.org.

Alan Brast, PhD, Gives Back With Music

FREE WORKSHOP: Talking to Teens Today

By | Events, Health & Wellness, Therapy, Women's Health

Let’s Talk Teenagers
Important Tools for You and Your Teen.

Bring your sons and daughters and join us for a fun and informative evening where we will learn about how to introduce important conversations about sex, develop tools to manage stress and approach test-taking, and address challenges facing teens today.

Monday, July 15
6:00-8:00pm

1450 Treat Boulevard, Thompson Room
Walnut Creek, CA 94597

Comprehensive Wellness is proud to be a John Muir Health Community Connect Practice. This event is FREE and open to the public. Call 925.818.8062 with questions or for more information.

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FREE Workshop: Talking to Teens Today

Patty Geraghty, MSN, FNP-BC, WHNP, is a nurse practitioner with over 20 years of experience.  She is a fun and engaging speaker, nationally recognized for her contributions to women’s health.

Rebecca Berke, BCH, is a board-certified hypnotherapist and mindfulness teacher/coach who facilitates self-leadership in positive ways. Her talent lies in the ability to help clients create clear and confident visions for their lives.

FEATURE: Discover the Presence in Your Life!

By | Feature, Health & Wellness, Therapy

Discover the Presence in Your Life!

In our modern society with all its many distractions, stresses, and over-stretched schedules there is a movement to practice mindfulness to enjoy our lives more.

But what is mindfulness? Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD—the founding Executive Director of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School—defines mindfulness at the core of all practices. It is simply “paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.” 

Just how do we do that?  We are programmed to analyze and determine if we are doing things “right.” When we pause to be “mindful,” there is a part of us that often asks, “am I doing it right?” Remembering to be non-judgmental can be difficult. The practice of taking note—moment by moment—and dropping the judgment without our inner critic, is indeed doing it “right.” If there is judgment, take note.  In the next moment, there may be no judgment. Just the act of acknowledging our judgment patterns, we begin to achieve clarity of thought in what may seem to be a chaotic thought pattern.

The 5-3-1 Daily Mindfulness Practice is a simple, yet profound daily mindfulness practice that anyone can practice. :

5: Five times each day, spend a few minutes focusing on your breath. A quiet place is ideal for beginners, but this can be done anywhere. Take deep abdominal breaths. Exhale a little longer than the inhale breath. The body will calm naturally and easily.

3: Think, write, or say three things for which you are grateful. This practice gives rise to positive thoughts that increase energy and creativity.

1: Once each day, do one action that is self-compassionate. Appreciating “you” for being a human on this planet. Hug yourself, give yourself a pat on the back, speak kindly to yourself in tone and message. Talk to yourself as you would to someone you care for. This inner resource creates a balance that is key to living a more fully present and happier life.

These practices can be tailored and explored to be unique to each individual.  Learning what resonates with you about the practice of mindfulness, is actually mindfulness. The benefits are great.  Begin without judgment and discover the moments of calm clarity, serenity and most of all, the presence of your own life!

Rebecca Burke | Hypnotherapist and Mindfulness Specialist | Comprehensive Wellness, Walnut Creek, CA

Rebecca Berke, BCH, is a board-certified hypnotherapist and mindfulness specialist. As a Hypnotherapist and Mindfulness Specialist at Comprehensive Wellness, she works with clients on stress management, a variety of habit control issues as well as performance anxiety and transformational coaching. Her experience in dance provided her the knowledge of the powerful mind/body connection. She is also the Associate Director of the Diablo Ballet School.

FREE WORKSHOP: Girl Talk – Take Control!

By | Events, Health & Wellness, Therapy, Women's Health

Let’s Talk About College
More than academics, it’s a whole new world.

Join us for a fun and informative evening where we will talk about living your new college lifestyle.

Learn about how to stay safe on campus, have important conversations about sex, and develop tools to manage stress and approach test-taking,

Monday, July 8
6:00-8:00pm

1450 Treat Boulevard
Walnut Creek, CA 94597

This event is FREE and open to the public.

RSVP Today

Patty Geraghty, MSN, FNP-BC, WHNP, is a nurse practitioner with over 20 years of experience.  She is a fun and engaging speaker, nationally recognized for her contributions to women’s health.

Rebecca Berke, BCH, is a board-certified hypnotherapist and mindfulness teacher/coach who facilitates self-leadership in positive ways. Her talent lies in the ability to help clients create clear and confident visions for their lives.

CLINICIANS IN THE COMMUNITY: Allyson Mayo, DBH, Presenting at Annual Substance Use Disorder Symposium

By | Clinicians in the Community, Health & Wellness

Allyson Mayo, DBH, is faculty and a key presenter at the UCSF Smith Family Foundation’s 8th Annual Substance Use Disorder Symposium on Friday June 28th.  This is a full day event held at UCSF Mission Bay Conference Center. The event is open to the pubic and features speakers addressing the new resurgence in legitimate psychedelic therapies and research, updates on medication-assisted treatment, neuromusicology and recovery, technological advances in the treatment of addiction, expert perspectives on trauma and conscious recovery, updates on approaches to substance use disorder education in the medical system, and the emerging workforce of dedicated addiction professionals.

Learn more about the UCSF Smith Family Foundation’s Annual Substance Use Disorder Symposium

Allyson Mayo, DBH

CLINICIANS IN THE COMMUNITY: Emotional Wellness: Strategies and Tools for Your Family

By | Clinicians in the Community, Health & Wellness

Is your child exhibiting behaviors that have you concerned about their emotional well-being? Are they experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma, emotional difficulties, or stress that feels unmanageable?

Comprehensive Wellness, a John Muir Health Community Connect Practice, is hosting a one-of-a-kind workshop.  Dr. Mayo will discuss the new thinking around emotional and behavioral health. We are committed to providing families access to the skills and knowledge they need to promote health and wellness in their families and community.   

Dr. Mayo will answer your individual questions, ensuring that your concerns are heard and you leave with the tools you need to help your family today. 

May 16, 2019
6:00pm – 8:00pm 

John Muir Health Outpatient
1450 Treat Blvd – Thompson Conference Room
Walnut Creek CA  94597

Emotional Wellness Workshop
Allyson Mayo, DBH

Allyson Mayo, DBH
Behavioral Health Practitioner/Educator

Dr. Allyson Mayo is a Doctor of Behavioral Health and an industry expert educating on how to prescribe Lifestyle Medicine to the root causes of maladaptive behaviors. Through a revolutionary approach of Behavioral Fitness, Dr. Mayo brings us all a much needed new approach to mental health. A professor at USF and county mental health representative, she is helping our communities become behaviorally fit.  

For more information, contact Dr. Mayo at amayo@comprehensivewellness.org or call 925.464.3916.

CLINICIANS IN THE COMMUNITY: Rebecca Berke, BCH, at Oakwood’s Commit to Get Fit Event

By | Clinicians in the Community, Health & Wellness, Therapy

Rebecca Berke, BCH, will be presenting “Mindfulness into Total Body Alignment” at Oakwood Athletic Club’s 2019 Commit to Get Fit Event.  Using the Powerful Mind/Body connection Improves health, well-being, energy and creativity. We all have the resources within us to tap into a sense of calm confidence to release the negative cycles. A very doable and practical daily practice will be explained to use inner resources to achieve a more fully present and happier life.

Monday, May 13
6:00-7:00pm

Oakwood Athletic Club
4000 Mt. Diablo Boulevard
Lafayette, CA

Rebecca Burke | Hypnotherapist and Mindfulness Specialist | Comprehensive Wellness, Walnut Creek, CA

Rebecca Berke, BCH, is a board certified hypnotherapist and mindfulness teacher/coach who facilitates self-leadership in positive ways. Her talent lies in the ability to help clients create clear and confident visions for their lives. She aligns them through the mind/body connection with cohesive and confident engagement with their natural gifts and strengths.