Harmony Holistic is an integrative relationship and wellness center which provides individuals, couples, and families with an environment focused on holistic health, community, and healing.
Dr. Melanie Ricaurte is the Clinical Director of Harmony Holistic. She is a licensed Psychologist, AASECT Certified Sex Therapist, and AASECT Certified Sex Therapy Supervisor. She is also certified as a Prepare/Enrich provider and recently became certified as an NGH Hypnotherapist.
Dr. Ricaurte has her Psy.D in Clinical Psychology and M. Ed in Human Sexuality from Widener University. She graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in Human Biology, Health and Society and is interested in the intersection between biological and social factors and how such factors relate to mental health and illness. Dr. Ricaurte has worked with diverse individual of different races, ethnicities, religions, and sexual orientations in a variety of settings including inpatient hospitals and outpatient clinics as well as universities.
Dr. Ricaurte is fluent in Spanish both written and spoken and welcomes the chance to work with Spanish speaking clients. She is an advocate, educator, and therapist, focusing her work on issues related to human sexuality, marriage equality, and human rights. Dr. Ricaurte has conducted research on factors that influence relationship satisfaction, conflict, and compromise among interfaith couples. A focus of her work is on helping individuals and couples navigate the challenges faced when different aspects of their identity are in conflict. Dr. Ricaurte welcomes people of all religious faiths, nationalities, sexual orientations, gender identities, erotic orientations, and lifestyles. She offers a warm and collaborative approach to therapy. Dr. Ricaurte works to help individuals, couples, and families lead healthier lives and build stronger relationships.
Taylor Sherman, BBA, BCH, CI
I’m a Board Certified Hypnotist (BCH) and Certified Instructor of Hypnosis (CI) through the National Guild of Hypnotists, the oldest and largest hypnosis organization in the world. I’ve been a professional hypnotist for over 12 years.
Having grown up in Central Virginia, my educational background includes a Bachelors of Business Administration from Radford University. Along the way I picked up certifications as an Executive Coach, a Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), a Certified Trainer in NLP and Humanistic NLP, a Certified Trainer of Brain-Based Leadership and Training, and I hold a Specialty Certification in Advanced Regression Hypnotherapy.
My professional affiliations from which I have achieved certified status include the National Guild of Hypnotists (NGH), the International Association of Counselors and Therapists (IACT), the Hypnosis Motivational Institute, the Society of Experiential Trance, the Atlantic Board of Hypnosis, the National Federation of NLP, the International Association of HNLP & Hypnosis, and the International Network of HNLP.
My journey in hypnosis has been an interesting one. I initially became curious about hypnosis through a friend who had already taken a hypnosis course. After learning the basics, we set out to hypnotize everyone we knew. We found volunteers who wanted to stop smoking, lose weight, or release stress from their life, and I quickly learned what worked and what didn’t.
These days my main interest has continued to be working with clients in individual sessions and facilitating teams. Although I would never have imagined when I first began that I would be doing this type of work, it is truly fulfilling to help a person to grow in ways they didn’t know they could, and to access parts of themselves that they didn’t know they had.
In case you’re curious, some of my accomplishments in the world of hypnosis are as follows:
APPEARANCES: I have been an invited presenter to the National Institutes of Health speaking on Stress Reduction and Pain Management1. I am on the faculty at the National Guild of Hypnotists as a Speaker at the annual conference2. I have written many blog posts and articles for the Tranced Out Hypnosis Blog, as well as having been featured many times on the Whats On My Brain Hypnosis Training Blog (The most popular hypnosis blog in the world). I’ve also been featured on Blog Talk Radio, on 105.9 The Edge Radio, and have been interviewed by the Keys to the Mind group.
TRAINING: I train other hypnotists in the many uses of hypnosis. I am a Certified Instructor of Hypnosis (CI) for the National Guild of Hypnotists (the oldest, largest, and most recognized hypnotism organization in the world), certified by the psychologist Dr. Richard Harte.
CONSULTING: I am a Certified Organizational Development Consultant and Executive Coach. In this capacity, I work with companies and organizations to develop clarity of purpose and assist with the most important organizational success factor: State of Mind.
MENTORING: I offer mentoring services to youths interested in hypnosis through my community, and have served as a Community Mentor for the International Association of Youth Hypnotists. Supervision is offered to graduates of our certification programs.
SPORTS HYPNOSIS: I work with talented athletes and competitors to achieve peak performance in their sports. I am a certified Golf Specialist. Among the sports I have worked with include: Baseball, Soccer, Golf, Gymnastics, Basketball, Competitive Weightlifting, Cross Country, Track and Field, Clay Target Shooting, and Tennis.
1 National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Environmental and Health Sciences, Environmental Autoimmunity Group. February 4th and March 10th, 2016. Third talk given on Complementary and Alternative Medicine, June 26th, 2019. Topics included Stress Reduction, Uses of Hypnosis, Self-Hypnosis, Autogenic Meditation, and Pain Management.
2 National Guild of Hypnotist’s Annual Convention in Marlborough, MA. Invited speaker on a variety of topics, both 1-hour seminars and 2-hour workshops. Average participant evaluation rating of 4.9 on a scale of 5.
To schedule a session with our directors or for more information, email us at [email protected].