- THE STARS ARE ALIGNED FOR WELLNESS WITH RUBEE'S CONSTELLATION
- By Liz Rubin for The Shoreline Times, Jan. 23, 2018
GUILFORD – You could say it was all in the stars for this group of wellness professionals.
For more than 30 years, Guilford resident Catherine Steinberg has been a psychotherapist helping individuals find “holistic balance” in their lives.
Lately, Steinberg has been a bit of a detective searching for supplemental treatments to help her patients achieve greater harmony. She found herself frequently giving referrals for yoga, meditation or massage professionals, when the idea of creating a digital source for a variety of practitioners sparked.
“I thought how great it would be if I could give patients a card with a website, and then they could find the right practitioner.”
While collaborating with a number of colleagues, the stars finally aligned and Rubee’s Constellation was launched last year. Steinberg and other founding members weren’t looking to create just a laundry list, but a trusted site to direct the consumer and for practitioners to bridge with one another to help a client.
The website lists 30 categories of services and the specialists who provide them, including astrology, feng shui, energy psychology and medicine, reiki, stress management, wealth management, expressive arts, yoga and more.
“There’s a core group which has been meeting on a regular basis putting ideas together. These practitioners have reached out to others in order to expand the constellation. The practitioners that we invite to the group have to be trusted people. Either we know them personally, we know their work or have experienced their work.” says Steinberg.
Founding members include Daya Soudan, Mitzi Allen-Harris, Astrid Uryson, Denise Bevza, Su Dowling-Slover, Catherine Steinberg, Darlene Talavera, Lianne Ecsher, Heather Dowling and Linda Busk.
In the holistic field, the word “constellation” denotes a gathering of experts; often these groups aren named for animals. The name of this cluster has a special meaning for its founder.
Steinberg says part of the group’s moniker, “Rubee refers to a spiritual name that came to me earlier in life and eventually became my nickname. In my mid-40s, I was meditating on my birthday, and asking myself what I was going to focus on going forward. I heard the words Rubee Bear, and bear is my totem or power animal in Shamanic studies.”
Here is just a sampling of what members of this constellation have to offer.
Rubee’s Constellation member Barbara Shulman-Kirwin employs “radical forgiveness coaching” to help clients gain a new perspective on life and the obstacles that invariably cross one’s path.
“I help people become ‘unstuck’ in regards to not being able to forgive someone, or not being able to forgive themselves for doing something that they felt was a huge mistake. Life is a classroom, and all of these obstacles that happen are for us, not to us.” Through her practice, Forgiveness-Workshop, Shulman-Kirwin aims to teach clients that obstacles are actually opportunities to heal, grow. and learn about ourselves.
Another constellation member, Amy J. Barry is a certified expressive writing and arts facilitator and a hospice trained grief counselor. Barry works with individuals and groups to provide a safe, supportive space for people to express themselves through art and the written word. Barry’s goal for participants is to transform negative thoughts into positive ideas.
“People can draw something and write about it or use visual prompts. If you get things out of your body in a piece of writing and/or drawing, then you can transform those feelings into more positive ways of looking at something. It changes the way you think and gets you out of that negative place.” says Barry.
Steinberg’s hopes to expand the constellation throughout the U.S. She notes, “We hope to go national. Right now, we have practitioners in Connecticut, Boston, New York City and New Mexico. These are practitioners that know one of us and want to be part of the group. If you are travelling to any of these locations looking for a particular service, you can just look at the recommended list of practitioners.”
When asked why she enjoys being a part of Rubee’s Constellation, Barry says, “In addition to the incredible variety of practitioners listed, we can work collaboratively through referrals or even conducting retreats together. It really expands what everybody is able to do.”