Dr. Tina Lightner-Morris, D.Min, MS, LCPC, BCC, IAYT-C
This is the page that I tell you about the 25 years of experience I have in the healing arts and I list my credentials and training.
Know however, that training in itself does not tell you about the heart and mind of the clinician. Nor does training tell you if YOU and the clinician are a “match”.
All studies consistently show that the RELATIONSHIP you have with your healing professionals is a crucial element to your healing! You are looking for partnership.
Interview. Trust your gut. Mindfully discern who is best for you.
The most important determinant to a happy life is Your Health.
You are investing time and money.
Choose with care.
My training, beginning in 1986, has spanned the Mind, Body, Spirit continuum.
Like many people, I was looking for the secret that would end my confusion around food and “correct” body weight . I was searching for the perfect diet. In those early years, I thought that “diet” was just about food. A weekend workshop called, Lighten-Up, created by Dr. Steve Strauss, taught that the mind and spirit profoundly impact the body. I was exposed to the idea that food, like everything else, is a product – packaged and sold for profit – not always with health in mind. I learned that for some, sugar can be an addictive substance. I learned that the relationship we have with our bodies and food mirrors our relationships. These ideas changed my life trajectory.
A fire was ignited which has not dwindled as my life purpose was born.
The herbs followed the food. In my first visit to an herbalist, she suggested Valerian officinalis. When that herb kicked in, I felt a calm I had never experienced in my entire life! I wondered, “Is this how other people are walking through the world?” Before Valerian, I had no awareness that I was anxious. I needed to study these wonderful, healing plants. This was at the beginning of the shift toward integrated medicine and I was in the right place at the right time. Traveling the country teaching, and in private sessions, people were bringing mental health issues and questions about spirituality/religion. I wondered why this was happening….
Clearly, I needed more education. However, the trauma of my childhood had resulted in actual fear about Jesus and I had fled the Christian faith tradition and God in confusion. The healing mysteries of the plants and the birth of my son had broken my heart wide open. A deep desire to understand this Mystery of Life – to know God – was born. And then, Jesus visited me in a dream:
I was at a party, attended by people from all over the world in their native dress. I heard a knock at the door. When I opened it there was a man and a woman from India telling me that there was someone they wanted me to meet. I followed them outside. Sitting in the drivers seat of an old, beat-up, avocado green car, one hand on the wheel, and the other casually resting on the window frame, was a smiling Jesus. Even in dream state I was surprised. Jesus, in a very matter-of-fact tone, spoke to me,”You know you do not have to be so afraid of me. I was one of the first great motivational speakers.” I, who attended any motivational talk I could responded, “Oh, I never thought of it that way.”
(years later in yoga teacher training, this dream took on additional meaning…)
From that moment on, Jesus became my teacher, my rabbi, my Guru. It would be a number of years before He became my Lord, but eventually, He led me to that place of complete surrender too.
It was from this foundation I ended up at Loyola University, a graduate student in Pastoral Counseling. I did not know it then, but Pastoral Counseling was the first positive psychology, a truly integrative program that encouraged me to discover who God had made me to be – teaching me how to heal my own wounds and harness that healing to go out into the world, as Jesus did, to comfort those who mourn and feel enslaved by pain and trauma.
And here you are now reading my story and discerning if I can help you find peace and healing with yourself.
If I can help you create a Life of Vibrancy and Contentment.
The Hebrew scriptures tell us we must choose Life or Death. But my life and training have taught me that the pain of betrayal and harshness of life can block our freedom to choose. We are trapped surviving, but we are mean’t to Thrive.
If you desire healing, it is possible. Daily, I see lives transformed.
I am a practical theologian, meaning we explore together, how God is showing up in your real, lived life, and how you might be called to respond. The ways that trauma may be impacting your life, and the gifts that you bring to the task of healing.
All of the education and experience I have help me to discern what is possibly GETTING IN YOUR WAY on a variety of levels as well as many tools to help you GET OUT OF YOUR OWN WAY and let healing grow.
My most important training has been healing from “trauma survivor” with a life of suffering – to one of contentment and greater ease. I have been where you are and I KNOW healing is possible. I have lived and practiced every intervention we will explore.
We are a team. We do this together.
I am interested in learning what is right with you and what you desire to change. Healing is a process of accepting current reality and transforming your future. With the help of the right person you can find the Life YOU are Called to Live.
The Highest Version of Yourself and the joy and peace spoken of in scriptures and poetry throughout time.
I am a Certified Distance Counselor (DCC), so we can work in person, by phone, or by video conference.
Offering an Integrated Approach
Backed by Formal Training, Experiential Learning, and Practiced Intuition.
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC)
- Nationally Board Certified Counselor (NBCC)
- Certified Distance Counselor (DCC)
- Registered Herbalist – American Herbalist Guild. (RH-AHG)
- Advanced Mind/Body Medicine – The Mind/Body Center
- iRest/Yoga Nidra Level II Mindfulness Meditation Teacher
- Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach (NBCC)
- Interfaith Chaplain (NACC)
- Certified Yoga Therapist (IAYT-C)
- Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT300)
- Yahwah Yoga – Jesus Centered Yoga (YYT)
- Fellow – Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC)
- Wesley Theological Seminary: Doctor of Ministry (D.Min) – Integrative Pastoral Psychotherapy
- Loyola University Maryland: Master of Science; Certificate of Advanced Standing; Ph.D. – All Clinical Courses
- The Center for Mind/Body Medicine: Basic and Advanced Trainings
- Dynamic Attachment Re-patterning (DARe): Certified
- Dr. Robert Hedeya Psychiatric Institute: Whole Psychiatry
- The Institute of Life Coach Training: Board Certified Coach
- Institute of Integrative Nutrition: Health Coach
- Dr. Christopher’s School of Natural Healing: Master Herbalist
- The Mindfulness Center : yoga & meditation teacher training
- UnBound Freedom in Christ Deliverance Ministry
I have studied with the following Thought Leaders:
The HeartMath Institute; Mind/Body Medicine w/James Gordon; U. Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine Andrew Weil; Neuroscience & Brain Imaging w/Daniel Amen; EMDR w/Dan Merlis & Deany Lalatotis; Trauma Resolution w/ Bessel van der Kolk; Energy Medicine w/Donna Eden & David Feinstein; Guided Imagery w/Belleruth Naperstak; Spiritual Discernment w/Carolyn Myss, Depak Chopra; The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatiaus of Loyola w/The Lantari Center; Christian Healing w/Beth Moore, Rick Warren, Steve Arteburn, Neil Lozano, Rob Bell; Somatic Experiencing w/Peter Levine, Diane Poole Heller; Sensorimotor Psychotherapy w/Kekuni Minton, Pat Ogden, Janina Fisher; Mindfulness Meditation w/Debbie Norris; Yin Yoga w/ Yael Flusberg; Christian Yoga w/Courtney Chalfant, Deanna Smothers, Michelle Thielen; iRest/Yoga Nidra w/Stephanie Lopez, Robin Carnes, Karen Soltez, Richard Miller; Sound Healing w/Patricia Norton; Couples Counseling w/ John Grey, Harville Hendricks, John&Julie Gottman, Terry Real. Most of the great western Herbalists: Paul Schulick, Rick Scalzo, Tierra Low Dog, David Hoffman, John Doulliard, Richard Schultz, Rosemary Gladstar, Mary Bove, David Winston (to name a few). In the early years, I was a student of Tony Robbins, Jim Rohn, Brian Tracy, Zig Zigler and any other motivational speaker I could sit with.