Amanda Plecha, L.Ac. M.Ac.
Amanda Plecha graduated from the Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) with a Master’s of Acupuncture degree based in Constitutional Five Element Theory and Eight Principles treatment strategies. She has been a serious and enthusiastic student of Traditional East Asian Healing. Since the summer of 2012, she began an apprenticeship with Ted Annenberg, who has extensive knowledge practicing Japanese- style acupuncture, moxibustion, and herbal medicine since 1983. Amanda has amassed more than two thousand hours observing Ted’s treatment approach in conjunction with working at the Natural Care Center at MUIH. She is currently integrating her academic and experiential work to create a unique and effective approach of her own. Her approach to healing is one informed by touch through careful palpation of the body to determine the root cause of suffering and a transformational relationship-centered partnership.
During the summer of 2012, Amanda completed shiatsu training with Hazel Chung, master practitioner and instructor of Ohashiatsu Maryland. In addition, she has acquired an experiential understanding of movement biomechanics by way of her many years performing as a dancer with the Nikolais-Louis Dance Company, the Dance Dimension, and Johns Hopkins Modern Dance Company.
In August of 2015, Plecha travelled to Nicaragua with a team of healers to work with ProNica partners. They facilitated a workshop that included community-building, trauma healing awareness and hands-on healing bodywork. Participants learned how to use specific acupuncture points, shiatsu and movement to release trauma.
Elijah Howard, M.S. Pastoral Counseling LGPC
Licensed Graduate Counselor
Elijah Howard is a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor as well as a Nationally Certified Counselor. In addition, he received training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and integrates spirituality into his work with my clients if they have that interest.
His approach to therapy is based on cultivating awareness, integration and balance. He believes health in body and mind is a result of these three factors. He strives to create a functional partnership with his clients to produce health and well-being.
Elijah has worked with many different types of clients in ways that fit their needs. In his own journey, he has worked with clients in crisis, adolescents, groups, clients dealing with substance abuse and a wide range of psychopathologies, as well as clients who are interested in improving their relationships and quality of life.
Elijah has had the privilege of being a leader of groups focused on cultivating greater awareness, connection and resilience by way of incorporating mindful practices and teachings from various wisdom traditions.