“Sansara Mia believes in the intentional power of exultation (joy!) to initiate healing and holistic well-being. As an empath and natural intuitive, Sansara integrates multiple faiths and philosophies into her personal and professional practices. She is a certified Reiki Master and holds a Masters in Social Work with a focus in community practice and trauma-informed care from DePaul University. Sansara believes we are our own best healers, and to help make self-healing techniques more accessible, she teaches various workshops on self-care.”
About Sansara Mia
Sansara provides guidance in her consultations using divination, positive affirmations, strengths-based approach, meditation instruction, and clear communication. As a Healer, Sansara tailors her hands-on (or hands-off) approach to best benefit the needs of the individual, applying different modalities of Reiki and Chakra Balancing (a light-to-no-touch healing method using innate energy flow), crystal therapy, and aromatherapy. Her practice is inclusive of all people, bodies, gender expressions and identities, and ages. Sansara lives and breathes the healing power of exultation. In her spare time she enjoys meditation, self-care, working with youth, writing and performing spoken word, coffee culture, hula-hooping, spending time with her partner, and exploring the great state of Colorado.
As a volunteer peer educator for Porchlight Counseling Services – a courageous organization that offers free counseling services to survivors of sexual assault on college campuses in the Chicagoland area – I used my personal story of survivorship to explore and engage healing and advocacy. In college classrooms, I challenged the various social stigmas that survivors face and offered helpful ways to be an advocate. By starting with my own narrative then workshopping individual and community responses, students would have to consider their own language choices and determine how to be an ally and an advocate every day.
Later in my academic career, I had the opportunity to attend a Trauma Stewardship Workshop at Northwestern University, where I learned how to provide trauma-informed care, while caring for myself, as a practicing social worker. Though I am currently not a licensed social worker, this training has greatly benefited me and my clients in alternative healing modalities.
My Interest in Working with Survivors
I am interested in working with survivors because I am an avid advocate of healing through personal self-care and community support. I understand the complexity of surviving sexual assault and I understand the complexity of searching for and undergoing supportive, trauma-informed, strengths-based care. As a survivor and experienced implementer of trauma-informed social work practices, I feel that I can utilize my healing modalities and practices to better serve the needs of these individuals. I am confident in my abilities to hold space for individuals who feel judgement or pressure from societal stigmas, offering relief and healing for someone who needs it dearly.
My Approach to Trauma-Informed Care
Trauma-informed care is a very sacred concept to me as I am also a survivor of sexual assault. I look for practitioners that I can feel safe with, in a space I can feel safe in, and emerge feeling more supported than when I entered. I feel a personal connection to providing a practice that offers support, guidance and holistic care and that operates on consent, non-judgment and promoting an individual’s strengths.
My main treatment modality is Reiki, which uses the innate energy flow every living being owns. I channel the energy flow of the Universe through my hands with little to no touching to the individual for a holistic, non-invasive form of healing. Reiki energy healing addresses the body’s overall physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual sense of well-being and aids in relieving dis-comfort or dis-ease to bring a sense of balance, peace, and exultation. My Reiki sessions can include aromatherapy or crystals to increase energy flow and receptivity. I also can provide divination tools, if requested, such as tarot cards or spiritual counseling to help provide clarity in a situation.
How My Practice Holistically Addresses the Impacts of Sexual Violence
Reiki addresses the energy of an individual, which includes the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual connections to well-being. Traumatic experiences are stored as memories, throughout the cellular structure of the body. Reiki is a healing mechanism that increases energy flow in emotional, mental, and physical aspects. Reiki encourages the release of stored traumatic responses and offers a sense of peace, balance, and connection to self. This healing modality is about creating holistic harmony, for which many survivors ultimately yearn.
Modifications for Survivors
I am a Healer who works from a private, home office and provide my services on a sliding-scale offering basis. I can ensure anonymity, privacy, and flexibility depending on the needs on the individual seeking holistic care. Also, Reiki does not require physical touch to be effective. Individuals may decide before or during a session if they would like a no-touch or light-touch approach. I strongly believe in an environment of consent. I’m upfront about what to expect, and explain how I can adapt my services as needed. I am able to schedule an appointment via email or phone, according to convenience; I charge no cancellation fee because I believe in the concept of harm-reduction. I am also more than willing to do email/phone consultations before in-person meetings to increase overall comfort. If I am not the best fit, I can also refer individuals to other local healers.
I have experienced the intersectionality of many communities that have a significant amount of sexual violence. My work with at-risk youth, with women, and with LGBTQA groups has been extremely complex. Daily, I’d engage in dialogue dealing with diversity, social justice, restorative justice, and community trauma. I worked closely with youth and communities who are impacted greatly by trauma such as sexual violence, mental health concerns, and poverty. I worked to dismantle social stigmas and found a lack of necessary resources for physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health and well-being. Now, I use alternative healing methods to enable me to offer more healing opportunities to marginalized communities, utilizing my training and belief in the value of community practice. After beginning Exultation, I regularly partnered and volunteered with an organization that started a Reiki Clinic which offers free holistic care to individuals who would not otherwise have access to Reiki. I have found a sense of solace and camaraderie in social justice advocacy work, which includes working with healers across modalities.
I am able to offer sliding-scale services.