About Us

Basia Toczek, ND, Ed.D (ABD)M.A., RMHCI, NTP, E-RYT-200

Founding Owner, Director, & Wellness Practitioner at Mindful Ways to Wellness Center

     Basia Toczek is a Doctor of Natural Health (Traditional Naturopath) and has earned her Doctorate in Education with a specialty in Curriculum Development and Instructional Leadership (all but dissertation), her Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology, and is currently earning her licensure hours as a Registered Mental Health Counselor (intern). She is also a Certified Neurofeedback Trainer,  Certified Life Coach, Certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Certified Tibetan Bowl Sound Therapist, and Certified Mindfulness Meditation and Yoga Instructor (200 RYT). She obtained training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) with a concentration in mind-body medicine. She is the founder and owner of Mindful Ways to Wellness, where she is also a Wellness Practitioner. She enjoys developing and implementing optimal wellness classes, workshops, and programs and is a dynamic wellness educator with over a decade of experience in mental health, life coaching, wellness education, yoga, and mindfulness-based therapies.

Credentials:

Doctorate of Education

Registered Mental Health Counseling Intern 

M.A. Clinical Psychology

Certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner

Certified Neurofeedback Trainer

Certified Life & Mental Health Coach

Certified Natural Health Professional

Certified Tibetan Bowl Sound Therapist

Certified Yoga & Meditation Teacher



     In addition to the individual work Basia does with her clients as a mental health counselor, life coach, nutrition and wellness consultant, and neurofeedback training, she teaches various yoga classes, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction programs, nutrition classes, and wellness workshops at Mindful Ways to Wellness, various colleges, health centers, corporations, and yoga studios in the Tampa/St. Petersburg area.

     As a therapist, holistic wellness practitioner, and educator, her therapeutic and instructional approach teaches participants how to develop non-judgmental awareness of their moment-to-moment experience by cultivating mindfulness in their daily activities. As a coach, health consultant, and wellness educator she offers her participants powerful integrative approaches and practical tools for dealing with physical, emotional, and psychological stress.  Basia blends her knowledge and passion for wellness and helps each individual transform their home, health, and life holistically. 

      Outside of Mindful Ways to Wellness, Basia is an adjunct professor, teaching various psychology, research, and statistics courses where she bridges the gap between theory and practice through lively classroom activities and real-life clinical examples. She aims to ensure that each student finishes each course with a better understanding of theory, the behavior of others, and a better understanding of themselves.

Services Offered:

Mental Health Counseling

Life & Wellness Coaching

Corporate Wellness Programs

Nutrition & Health Consultations

Private & Group Yoga Classes

Tibetan Bowl Sound Therapy Sessions

Mindfulness Meditation Classes

Wellness & Nutrition Classes

Neurofeedback training

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction   Workshops

Offering free 30 minute consultations for Mental Health Counseling, Life Coaching, and Nutrition & Wellness Consultations.

John Whitaker, LMHC

Licensed Mental Health Clinician

    John Whitaker is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) with a Master's Degree in Mental Health Counseling and over nine years of clinical counseling experience. John's passion is helping his clients to reconnect with their authentic, empowered selves in a healthy way and to engage in positive relationships for a more fulfilling life.

     John received most of his experience working in community mental health with clients from a diverse range of backgrounds. He also spent a year facilitating group therapy in a domestic violence intervention program and providing substance abuse counseling. He has also been trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) as well as Non-Abusive Physical & Psychological Intervention (NAPPI) for managing crisis situations.

     John provides mental health counseling for individuals, families, and children (ages 8 to 18) in a safe and supportive environment. One of John's specialties is helping clients cope with and manage anxiety and other emotional stress, using mindfulness training and other tools to confront the thoughts that create their emotional stress and to manage its physical symptoms. His therapeutic approach is eclectic (including solution-focused, strength-based, cognitive behavioral therapy, and mindfulness training), and it is tailored to respond to each individual client's needs and preferences.

Credentials:

LMHC (Licensed Mental Health Clinician)

M.S. in Mental Health Counseling  

M.A. in Applied Anthropology



Services Offered:

Individual Mental Health Counseling

Family Therapy

Child and Adolescent Therapy (Ages 8-18)

     Although John specializes in treating anxiety and depression and enhancing self-esteem, he also has significant experience in working with other issues including life transitions and adjustment, trauma and/or victims of abuse, anger management, grief, coping with long-term illness, and family relationships. While he has professional knowledge and training, John believes that his clients are the experts on their own lives, that each of us has an inner wisdom, and that he can help them access by working together as a team using effective evidence-based techniques.

 

Offering free half-hour initial consultations.

Yana Re, M.Ed., FNTP

Holistic Wellness Practitioner and Neurofeedback Technician

     Yana Re received a Master's degree in Education from Kazan State Pedagogical University in Kazan, Russia in 2006 and completed the certification program with the Nutritional Therapy Association in 2018. She is also a graduate of the Healing Arts Internship Program at Mindful Ways to Wellness. Yana has joined Mindful Ways to Wellness team as a Wellness Practitioner and NeurOptimal® neurofeedback trainer.

     Being an educator at heart, Yana is passionate about teaching her clients about holistic approaches for achieving optimal health and wellness. Yana believes that everyone is bio-individual, and our body has a natural ability to heal when it is provided with tailored, realistic plans, support, and coaching to facilitate lasting change - whatever the goal may be.

Credentials:

Master's of Education

Certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner

Graduate of the Healing Arts Internship Program at Mindful Ways to Wellness

     Yana has been on a personal journey of restoring her own health and energy for many years. Being a mom of three children, she understands how to help families with picky eaters, attention and focus issues, mood swings, and digestive issues. As a busy mom and professional, Yana understands what other women experience on their journey of being a parent and a professional and how hard it can be on their health.

Services Offered:

Nutrition Consultations

Neurofeedback Training

She offers nutrition consultations for improving digestion, balancing hormones, and optimizing body weight. She strives to reconnect people with whole, nutrient-dense foods and help them develop mindfulness practices for complete wellness of the body and mind.

     Yana also offers neurofeedback sessions with NeurOptimal® brain training technology to assist clients in improving cognition, managing stress, and building healthier habits.

Offering 30-minute free consultations for all services.

Rosey Elizabeth, BA, RYT-200

Certified Holistic Life Coach, Master Reiki Healer, Yoga and Meditation Teacher (RYT-200)

Credentials:

Certified Holistic Life Coach

Certified Master Reiki Healer

Certified Yoga Teacher

B.A. in Psychology

Graduate of the Healing Arts Internship Program at Mindful Ways to Wellness

     Rosey Elizabeth is a certified holistic life coach, certified master reiki healer, and meditation/yoga teacher. Rosey is passionate about empowering people who feel stuck and are eager to change their lifestyle from the inside out. Her core beliefs are centered on mindfulness, manifestation, positive psychology, and spirituality. Rosey can specifically help one reprogram their mindset, heal anxiousness, cultivate authentic confidence, and confront anything else that is holding one back.

     Rosey’s sessions combine reiki energy healing and holistic life coaching together. Reiki is a form of energy healing that helps heal one’s mind, body, and spirit, clear what’s no longer serving them, and bring them into balance. Holistic life coaching is a powerful way to develop a positive mindset, learn how to manifest your goals, and step into alignment with your highest self. Rosey brings the modalities of reiki and life coaching together to provide her clients with a balance of intuitive healing alongside intellectual and practical growth tools. She also offers reiki as a stand-alone service.

     Rosey has been on her personal growth journey since age 20, when she started working through anxiety and self-doubt. She is on a path of raising her consciousness and aligning with her authentic self. It is her mission and purpose to guide you along your own path.

Services Offered:

Holistic Life Coaching

Reiki Energy Healing

     Rosey’s role as a life coach is to be your accountability partner and teach you tools and techniques that will stay with you long past your time working together. This will ensure that you have more confidence as you move through life’s challenges. 

Offering free, 30-minute consultations.

Laura Hagen, BFA

Marketing and Wellness Coordinator

      Laura is particularly interested in the interplay of the various holistic approaches to improving mental health, from counseling and nutrition to yoga and mindfulness. She has experienced firsthand the power of these modalities to bring about healing and balance, and she is eager to share that experience with the St. Pete community.

Credentials:

Graduate of the Healing Arts Internship Program at Mindful Ways to Wellness 

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing

     Her previous work experience has all been with small businesses, so she brings a passion for reaching new clientele, expanding and promoting services, and the teamwork needed to grow a business.

     Laura Hagen holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. She completed the Wellness Intern program at Mindful Ways to Wellness in February 2019 before transitioning into her current role. She serves as the direct point of contact for clients, vendors, and other wellness professionals. She is also responsible for marketing company services and maintaining a presentable and welcoming atmosphere in the Wellness Center. In addition to her duties as Marketing and Wellness Coordinator, she assists with the Healing Arts Internship Program as well as in workshops on NeurOptimal® neurofeedback, goal-setting, and other wellness-related topics.

Jason Hendley, BS, RYT-200

Operations & Technology Coordinator, Yoga Teacher, and Wellness Practitioner

     Jason was drawn into the mindfulness and alternative health fields after chemotherapy treatments left him dealing with chronic neuropathic pain in his hands and feet.  He began with a solitary meditation practice, then, seeking further guidance and mentoring, he found the Florida Community of Mindfulness, where he currently studies Buddhist philosophy and meditation in the lineage of Thich Nhat Hanh.  Jason started incorporating movement into his practice in the form of yoga and soon sought out yoga teacher training to deepen his own yoga and mindfulness practice. He quickly discovered that he enjoyed sharing the teachings of yoga with others.

Credentials:

B.S. in Information Science

Certified Yoga Teacher

Yin Yoga Certification

Certified Neurofeedback Trainer

Mindfulness Practitioner

Graduate of the Healing Arts Internship Program at Mindful Ways to Wellness 

Services Offered:

Private and Group Yoga Classes and Workshops

Technology Consultations

     Jason Hendley is a certified yoga teacher (RYT-200) and is also certificated to teach Yin Yoga specifically.  He is currently pursuing his 500-hour yoga certification at the Lotus Pond in Tampa. Jason has earned his bachelor’s degree in Information Science from Florida State University and since then has spent over two decades in the Information Technology industry. He is passionate about the mindful use of consumer and professional technology and believes it can make our lives easier, and not unavoidably more complicated.  Jason has the patience and insight necessary to demystify computers, smart devices, and the internet for people that may be feeling stuck, overwhelmed, or left behind.  Jason is also an experienced meditation practitioner, an aromatherapy and Ayurveda enthusiast, and a certified NeurOptimal® neurofeedback trainer.

     Now certified, Jason is excited to share the wisdom and benefits of mindfulness and yoga with clients at Mindful Ways to Wellness.  In addition to teaching workshops and classes, he is available for private sessions which can focus on topics such as: introduction to yoga, developing a personal yoga practice, dosha balancing, pranayama (breathwork), chakra clearing and meditation.  He is also available for one-on-one consultations and training for people struggling with technology or social media challenges in their daily lives.

     In addition to his role at Mindful Ways to Wellness, Jason is a Senior Software Engineer at Definitive Logic.  He works in Tampa developing financial management software solutions for a multi-billion-dollar organization.