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), she has earned her Doctorate in Education with a specialty in Curriculum Development and Instructional Leadership (all but dissertation), her Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology, currently earning her licensure hours as a Registered Mental Health Counselor (intern), is a Certified NeuroFeedback Trainer,  Certified Life Coach, Certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Certified Tibetan Bowl Sound Therapist, and a 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.

     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.

      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.  

      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. 


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


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

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

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 six years of clinical counseling experience. John's passion is counseling his clients to help them reconnect with their authentic, empowered selves in a healthy way and engage in positive relationships for a more fulfilling life.


     John received most of his experience working in community mental health with clients from a wide range of diversity in background. 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 10 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 anxiety as well as teaching techniques to manage its physical symptoms. His therapeutic approach is eclectic (including solution-focused, strength-based, cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness training, and expressive art techniques), and it is tailored to each individual client's needs and preferences.


LMHC (Licensed Mental Health Clinician)

M.S. in Mental Health Counseling  

M.A. in Anthropology

Services Offered:

Individual Mental Health Counseling

Couples Therapy

Family Therapy

Child and Adolescent Therapy

Certified Neurofeedback Trainer

     Although John specializes in treating anxiety, depression, and enhancing self-esteem, he also has significant experience in working with other issues including stress management, life transitions and adjustment, marital issues, trauma and/or victims of abuse, anger management, grief, coping with long-term illness, family relationships. While he has professional knowledge and training, John believes that his clients are the experts on their own lives and 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.

Laura Hagen, BFA

Marketing and Wellness Coordinator

     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.

     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.


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

     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.