Mandy Bird has been delivering her brand of hope and heart-centered therapy from the stage, the sound booth and through dynamic personal counseling sessions since 1993. She is a benevolent advisor, inspired author, and profoundly intuitive counselor and teacher whose personal experience with loss and tragedy helped awaken her to her true purpose as a loving healer and grief guide. She possesses both the passion and pedigree necessary to administer the promise of reconnecting to our whole selves. She is also the co-creator of a transformational 7 Step Belief System that is central to her heart-centered methodology. Mandy considers it her purpose to free the hearts of those experiencing loss by literally loving their hearts into action. It is her highest wish that we live our authentic and purposeful lives with power and joy.
MY THERAPUETIC STYLE
Mandy supports those who have been shattered by grief and are teetering on the brink of giving up on their true purpose. She understand we all crave to be unburdened from the heaviness of expectation. That we need to rest, just for a moment in a space where the consequences of profound loss and disappointment are suspended, and where complete acceptance surrounds us.
Fascinated by Archetypal Psychology, her therapeutic style lends itself to the paradoxical, a concept she feels is vital to any healing process. Her belief in intuition and divinity are abstractly juxtaposed against a relentless professional structure learned and honed into a refined system that emerged from training with some of the most respected teachers of our time. She has been described as part intuitive healer, part scientist, and even part journey companion.
So what is her connection style? “What I teach, I have lived.” She courageously affirms, underscoring the idea that she is a true champion of the validity of self. She is both master and pupil when it comes to interpreting our grief and sense of overwhelming loss; a virtuoso in her field of social equipoise, and a connoisseur of the subtle but powerful message of symbols when used to unify us with our human purpose. She has a deeply cultivated commitment to accepting others and their experiences without prejudice. All the while possessing a full understanding of how to mitigate the specific cultural, and religious barriers that often inhibit our desires to embrace our own power.
She does not deny that grief changes us. On the contrary, it is that change that she helps us celebrate! We are in fact on a divine, perfect and perpetual continuum of purpose and expression. This means that she does not start your therapy determined to put you back together. You are not in pieces at all! Her approach is focused on taking your grief and repurposing its burden through soulful reconciliation.
Along with one of her colleagues Chris Saade, Mandy has taken the above therapeutic axioms and distilled them into seven specific narratives titled The Model of Heart Centered Grief Belief System. These serve as the framework for a journey of self-discovery and clarity of purpose when processing grief’s toll. Each theorem simply and brilliantly postulates grief’s specific purposes in our lives. Through the understanding of each, we are finally and mercifully redeemed from the disconnection from our grief into a fuller and clearer relationship with the gifts that it offers us.
Mandy Bird is a licensed therapist who has been in practice for over 24 years. She has devoted herself to counseling individuals, couples and families struggling with the effects of depression, anxiety, grief, sexual abuse and trauma. Mandy is considered a Grief Transformation Specialist, with an emphasis is on teaching communication skills and dialogue techniques to help those in crisis. She has led numerous groups, workshops, and classes around themes such as self-esteem, grief and loss, personal empowerment, communication and intimacy, and career and life visions.
Mandy was regularly featured on Matt & Ramona’s syndicated radio show as Counselor Mandy, where listeners called in to ask for her opinion, guidance, encouragement, and compassion on a wide variety of issues. She has even hosted her own show on the eWN Radio Network called Finding Hope, where notable featured guests shared their passionate journeys of loss, joy, soul-growth and leadership. Mandy has also worked extensively with birth mothers, adoptive families, and foster families. She helped birth mothers with their grief and foster/adoptive families with the accreditation process. She speaks from her heart about how these experiences have deepened her empathy for birth mothers and for the tremendous act of love that adoption truly is.
In addition to private practice, Mandy worked for seven years in executive coaching and career consulting in the United States and Europe for Anchors Consulting. It was her calling during this time to help people clarify their visions and give them the tools and confidence to chase their life dreams.