Kathryn Townsend, MA, LCADC, has worked in many capacities in the field of human services since 1972: as a clinician, administrator, trainer, program developer, and systems change agent. She is a certified Instructor for both Mental Health First Aid and Mental Health First Aid for Veterans and Their Families. During the 9/11 attacks, she was assigned as a key staff member in New Jersey's response, and wrote a book about her extraordinary team of clinicians: "Stones In My Heart Forever 9-11: A Journey Through Courage, Strength, and Hope." In 2013, Kathi published her second book: “Escape From the Land of the Hungry Ghosts” - a fusion of behavioral health theory and treatment, eastern arts, meditation, 12 step program, and spirituality to provide hope, compassion, and healing for those with stress and chaos in their lives.
She is a faculty member of the Rutgers School of Social Work Continuing Education, and Center of Alcohol Studies Continuing Education and Summer Schools.
Kathi has extensive training and experience in Eastern Arts:
Hindu Yoga and meditation since 1969, is certified in both and has taught since 1972. Kathi is a member of the International Meditation Teachers Alliance.
Training and teaching Tai Chi and 7 Star Praying Mantis Kung Fu since 1987.
In 1984, received Master’s Level Certification in Usui Reiki, being five removed from Mikao Usui in the lineage. She provides traditional Usui Reiki treatments, instruction, and initiations to Masters Level and holds membership in the International Association of Reiki Professionals.
She developed an innovative system of teaching yoga, meditation, stress management and energy work to dogs and their humans, called Pawsitive Energy in 1990.