Affiliates are independent practitioners who practice at the Viva Center. They offer a menu of complementary services to meet your unique healing needs.
To schedule an affiliate service, please contact them individually through the phone numbers and/or emails listed below.
Richard Boesch, PhD, Clinical Psychologist
Psychotherapy – Adults, Couples (issues & communication skills), Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse/Incest, Individuals with Learning Disabilities
As a clinical psychologist, Dick’s practice is oriented towards individual and couples therapy. Many of us struggle with self-esteem rooted in difficulties accepting our past, our feelings, our wants and our hopes. We often tell ourselves unsympathetically that we should “get over it,” and that something is wrong with us when we can not. Individual therapy can be a helpful way to become more whole – not by getting over these issues – but by getting through them. Regarding couples therapy, Dick’s approach is to serve not only as a therapist, but also as a teacher, trainer and coach. His goal is more than to help couples work through their difficult issues; he helps couples develop those communication skills specifically suited to them, so that they continue to have positive outcomes even when not in therapy. Additionally, couple members come to recognize for themselves and their partners the unique core emotional issues that repeatedly arise in their difficult interactions, and learn how to effectively deal with them. Dick also works as a behavioral psychologist who does behavioral intervention with people who are living in supervised settings, including children, the elderly, the mentally ill, and those with intellectual disabilities. He works with these patients to develop more adaptive behaviors that lead to success and happiness.
Hours: Evenings after 5:00 pm
Japanese-style Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, specializes in Anxiety & Depression, Stress, Women’s Health & Fertility, Gentle Acupuncture for Children
Zoë has been in practice for over 35 years and is nationally certified by the NCCAOM in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology. She has taught widely in the U.S. and Europe and has written many journal articles and contributed chapters to several textbooks. Zoë specializes in Japanese-style acupuncture, Toyohari, which is both gentle and powerful. Often the needles are just contacting the skin, which makes the technique sensitive, painless, and therefore great for many patients who might not consider acupuncture. It is a style that emphasizes balancing and enhancing vitality to allow the person to heal themselves and then adds other treatments for the symptoms, as needed. It is very important to Zoë to evaluate and treat each person as a unique human being. She has had a lot of experience in working with stress, anxiety and depression, and with fertility and women’s health issues. She also uses a needle-free type of Japanese acupuncture, Shonishin, for children.
Candida DeLuise, LICSW
Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy – Reiki, Energy work, Buddhist Psychology
Psychiatry, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy – Anxiety, Depression, Effects of Trauma and Eating Disorders
Prana Vinyasa Flow
For 25 years, Jess has studied yoga in many forms: Sivenanda and Integral Yoga; Baptiste Power Yoga; Yin Yoga; and primarily, Prana Vinyasa Flow with her root teacher, Shiva Rea. Jess finds great joy in empowering her students to be their own best teachers. Jess has been teaching yoga full-time in DC for fifteen years, and is currently the director of DC’s Prana Vinyasa 500-hour affiliate program, which will run again in 2018 (details to come). Her most important job to date is that of mother to her two beautiful girls: Ella, 15, and Eden, 13. Jess currently lives in Chevy Chase with her girls, her husband, Adam, and their dog, Milo. Her decade in Israel blessed her with fluency in modern Hebrew, which she sometimes shares in class through music and poetry.
Jess’s teaching style: Classes are offered using the embodied system that is Prana Vinyasa Flow, which blends the classical with the innovative in asana. Its liberated sequences are supported by intelligent structure and intentional waves of movement toward a peak pose or energetic awareness. Come ready for a fresh, fluid yoga practice.
Terence Olliviera, LMT
Rolfing® Structural Integration, Iyengar yoga, Structurally integrative asana
Terence Ollivierra is a Licensed Massage Therapist, a certified Rolfer™ and a certified Iyengar instructor. He has practiced yoga for more than half his life and has been teaching since 1999. His yoga practice began as a teenager with a seven year Svadhyaya (self study) with B.K.S. Iyengar’s book, Light on Yoga, as his only guide. He was initially certified to teach the Sivananda System of Hatha Yoga is now a certified Iyengar instructor and a certified Rolfer™. With this keen eye for subtle imbalances and their effects on structural integrity he continues to develop more sophisticated ways to adjust misalignments. He teaches the finer points of alignment simplistically yet comprehensively. His yoga classes leave one feeling grounded yet lifted, longer, and present. Rolfing® Structural Integration (SI) is a holistic, comprehensive method of hands-on therapy created by Ida P. Rolf to release and harmonizes the entire body. SI aims to restore flexibility, improve posture and release chronic pain. SI revitalizes your energy and leaves you feeling freer and more at ease in your body.
Elizabeth Piren, MA, LPC
Individual and Couples Therapy, Flower Essence Therapy, Reiki treatments and Trainings, Family Constellations
Elizabeth Piren is a Holistic Therapist who believes we all have an innate ability to heal our mind, body and spirit. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor who combines traditional talk therapy with Flower Essences, Reiki, Family Constellations, Meditation and Mindfulness techniques. She works extensively with those who have experienced trauma, life transitions, low confidence, relationship problems, depression, and anxiety. Elizabeth has found that energy medicine is a great addition to counseling in order to heal repressed emotions and uncover blocks that are preventing us from being fulfilled. Elizabeth promotes self- love, balance, awareness of the patterns keeping us ‘stuck’, offering tools and specific methodology toward finding the appropriate solution. She was trained in psychotherapy from a Cognitive Behavioral, Trauma Focused and Strengths- Based approach. Any or all modalities can be combined in order to meet each individual’s specific needs. Elizabeth is Bilingual, providing services to adults and adolescents in English or Spanish.
Marie Rodriguez, ND
Mind-Body Oriented Naturopathic Medicine, Craniosacral Therapy, Reconnective Healing, Shamanic Healing, Guided Meditation, Transformational Workshops
Dr. Marie is a licensed naturopathic physician and energy medicine practitioner. She customizes her treatment to suit the individual, skillfully weaving western medical diagnosis with a holistic mind-body approach. Working with an eclectic medicine bag, Dr. Marie uses nutritional counseling, lifestyle coaching, herbal medicine cleansing programs, and homeopathy to compassionately facilitate individuals in reaching their fullest potential. Dr. Marie also comes to her practice with extensive additional training in a variety of energy medicine modalities: Reiki, Reconnective Healing, Chakra Balancing, and Shamanic Healing. She is passionate about incorporating these energetic modalities into her naturopathic practice and she has experienced their profound healing effects firsthand.
Tim Rogers, LMT
Massage and Body Therapies – Craniosacral Therapy, Trigger Point work, Connective Tissue Mobilization, Reiki, Chakra work, Energy/Intuitive-based work
Tim is a licensed massage therapist and holistic bodyworker who has been in private practice for over 30 years. A graduate of The Potomac Massage Training Institute, Tim has completed numerous additional trainings, seminars and workshops. He believes that massage therapy and holistic bodywork can be profound ways to address the body, and in effect, the mind heart and spirit. When one part is nourished, the other parts benefit as well. Tim creates his session depending on client needs and draws from a variety of techniques. He creates a secure and respectful place where clients can begin to let go of some of the physical and emotional tightness or pain. Through dialogue, imagery and safe touch, clients have more access to energy and power. This process increases resiliency and the ability to take risks, facilitating important changes to create the truly desired life.
Lea Christy Sloan, M Ed, LPC , BCC
Psychotherapy, Career Coaching and Family Systems Constellations Facilitation
Lea Sloan is a licensed professional counselor and board certified coach in private practice since 1995, providing psychotherapy and coaching to adults from 18 through retirement. She is trained in EMDR and in facilitating individual and group family systems constellations.
One area of Lea’s specialization is blending psychotherapy with career coaching, with a focus on creating balance between work and other aspects of life. By using a strength based approach and creating a safe and respectful partnership in the session, Lea helps clients look at their life as a whole to better understand what they want in their career and personal and professional relationships. When trust and self-confidence are developed, it becomes easier to find one’s own voice and make optimal choices, whether the goal is a new job, a new career, or hoping to improve relationships with a supervisor, colleagues or staff. Lea’s specialties include: trauma, PTSD, EMDR, family systems constellations, career and personal transitions, professional development coaching, finding work/life balance, developing and enhancing relationships, understanding and setting healthy boundaries, and developing skills to communicate effectively both personally and professionally. Lea welcomes anyone on the LGBTQ spectrum.
Massage Therapy – Traditional Thai, Deep Tissue, Get Mushed, Prakob-Thai, Prakob-Oil, Foot and Shoulder massages
Noi is the founder of Mushed Massage, LLC. Mushed Massage is an honest, affordable, clean, and reliable massage therapy practice. Noi’s goal is to offer you with a renewed sense of well being through relaxing and rejuvenating massage regimen. She has been formally trained in both Western and Thai massages, and offers a full range of massage services. Her signature massage, the Get Mushed Massage, is a combination of Western and Thai massage techniques that is tailored to your specific body needs. She also offers a Thai-style foot and shoulder massage that targets problem areas of tight shoulder and acupressure points on both feet. She is licensed to practice massage therapy in the District of Columbia and Virginia.