Linda Price, M.Ed., CAGS, E-RYT

Linda Price, M.Ed., CAGS, LEP, E-RYT, YACEP

Linda Price earned her Master’s of Education Degree in School Adjustment Counseling and her Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in School Psychology in 1993 at Northeastern University.

With twenty-five years of experience in working with schools, Linda understands the stress level and demands placed on students and school personnel. She has combined this knowledge with her Mindfulness training to create opportunities for teaching schools, organizations, and parent groups about how to create a personal Mindfulness practice for self-care, as well as how to bring Social Emotional Learning and Mindfulness into schools and individual classrooms. In 2004, she founded Linda Price & Associates, LLC, offering holistic social skills groups incorporating yoga and Mindfulness for stress management, executive functioning, and self-regulation. In building her expertise, Linda became certified in Children’s Yoga from ‘Color Me Yoga’, completed a 200 hour yoga teacher certification, has received intensive training in Mindfulness, and participated in the Resilient Schools training from the Benson-Henry Institute through Massachusetts General Hospital. Linda was also trained as a Calm Classroom facilitator and took the Anti-Bullying and Cyberbullying Train the Trainer through the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center (MARC).

As a Licensed Educational Psychologist, Linda continues to provide individual and group counseling, workshops, and Mindful Parenting through her private practice, Wellness Empowerment, in Scituate, MA.

Jordan

Jordan

Jordan is a public speaker who discusses the mental health issues and disorders that affect so many of us. He is a survivor of a suicide attempt during his senior year in high school and shares his powerful story of fighting depression and finding recovery.

Jordan is a nationally recognized mental health advocate. In 2008 he addressed a Congressional briefing on Capitol Hill. In 2010 he was chosen as one of the “Best of Philly” for his work in public speaking and advocacy. In 2012 he was honored with an Emerging Humanitarian Award from retired San Francisco 49ers player Nmadi (Nam-DEE) Asomugha (Awesome-Wah) and the Asomugha Foundation.

 

 

He has been featured in People Magazine, Sports Illustrated, and USA Today. Jordan has appeared on ESPN’s E:60 and Outside the Lines, as well as Dr. Phil, The Ricki Lake Show, CNN, the Early Show and Good Morning America. He has been featured in three documentaries and his piece, “Unbreakable” with E:60 was nominated for an Emmy. Most recently, you might have seen Jordan at the White House for the National Conference on Mental Health, hosted by President Obama and Vice President Biden.

Jordan has been speaking on his story and mental health all over the country for the last 8 years. He’s spoken in 32 different states and 3 different countries. His presentation is meant to inspire, educate and allow others to know they’re not alone.

Jordan is based in Philadelphia, PA. Speaking engagements beyond 120 miles may require a fee for travel expenses.

 

Read what organizations have to say about Jordan:

“Jordan’s presentation was so engaging and full hope. He was prepared, relaxed and confident in his delivery. His audience still brings up the positive impact that it had on them all. His presentation skills were excellent. His adjustments based on his audiences functioning levels were appropriate and the interpretation of his presentation was not lost. He answered questions by our clients after the presentation and he helped them feel good about wanting more information from him. We feel very pleased with his professional presentation, wish him well in the future and appreciate the growth/strength he instilled in this audience.” Catholic Charities Delaware House Partial Care (NJ)

“Jordan was exceptional. He pulled the audience in and made them feel comfortable with a very heavy topic. He brought humor in at the perfect times, which lightened the moment. He spoke about suicide with no shame or secrecy, and I think that made our students more courageous to face their own struggles. I even believe because of the timing of Jordan coming to our school, it helped a male student to come to me to express that he was seriously contemplating suicide and feeling hopeless. That student is now headed into intensive residential treatment to get help. Jordan played a part in that. JORDAN IS A GIFT TO THIS WORLD! I now truly know why he survived. THANK YOU JORDAN!!!” Tabor Academy (MA)

“Jordan did an amazing job relaying his story to our students and connecting with them. He held their attention and allowed us as counselors to have many follow up conversations regarding the topics he discussed.” Lumberton Middle School (NJ)

Dulce Orozco, LMHC, CAGS

Dulce Orozco is a licensed mental health counselor in Massachusetts. She holds a master’s degree (MS) and a Certificate of Advance Graduate Studies (CAGS) in Mental Health Counseling from Suffolk University. She began her career at McLean Hospital in 2005. Since then she has worked at partial hospitalization programs, outpatient counseling centers, and community health centers, providing group and family therapy, as well as individual therapy for adults and children. She is committed to supporting caregivers and brings compassion, warmth, and authenticity to her work. Dulce’s first language is Spanish and she is also fluent in English and Portuguese. Dulce has extensive experience working with individuals who themselves and/or their families are not native to our country. She works using mindfulness, whole body integration, self-compassion, and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Dulce provides an environment offering the connection, trust, and safety that can help individuals achieve greater resiliency and empowerment. She currently has a private practice in Stoughton, Massachusetts. When she is not working, she is with her young daughters trying to savor their childhood as much as possible. Dulce is available for presentations throughout Greater Boston and Eastern Massachusetts.

Emma Roderick, LICSW

When Emma was in middle school, she promised herself that no matter how old she got, she would never forget what it felt like to be a teenager. Now she gets to live her dream: as the Site Coordinator for River Valley Counseling Center’s School-Based Therapy program in Chicopee, MA, Emma listens to teens (and those who love them) all day long, and supports other clinicians to do the same. 
 
Prior to obtaining her MSW, Emma worked in the non-profit sector as a social justice organizer. She enjoys combining her clinical expertise with her social justice values, and has led workshops on emotional well-being and healing in social justice movements. She strongly believes that parents and teachers deserve support to do these jobs well, and is glad to be part of that support. 
 
Emma resides in Western MA and presents to parents, teachers, school personnel, and community members in the area. 

Jenna

When she was eight years old, Jenna’s father passed away. The effects of this trauma on her young life took a toll. She was diagnosed with anxiety, something she could not comprehend at the tender age of eight.

Beginning in elementary school, and continuing through middle school and high school, she developed negative coping skills. One of the most powerful was perfectionism; however, she only strived to look good for other people and never saw her own worth.

When Jenna started college, she and her best friend made a promise to seek treatment for their diagnoses of anxiety and depression. She faced a series of traumatic events throughout her college experience, and through her commitment to treatment and ongoing therapy, she not only survived but eventually thrived. She is now a mental health advocate, enlightening others and ending the stigma about mental health issues.

Jenna is based in Boston, MA. Speaking engagements beyond 120 miles may require a fee for travel expenses.

 

Read what organizations have to say about Jenna:

“This is the first time Jenna has visited our district and we would welcome her back anytime! Her story and creation of the Amazing campaign are incredibly inspiring and we are honored to spread the word to our school community. Thank you!” Ipswich Middle/High School (MA)

“Jenna’s talk was honest, brave, and empowering. Our students were deeply engaged and connected to Jenna throughout her shared experiences. We are grateful for her ability to encourage conversation and awareness about mental health on our campus. Thank you so much!” Fisher College (MA)

Joey

Joey always knew that he wanted help people who experienced mental health issues, and he expected that to come by pursuing a career in psychology. What he never expected was that he would have to deal with mental health issues of his own.

Joey grew up in a loving family and always did very well in school, even though he was hiding his fears and truths from those around him. Being Puerto Rican, in school Joey was afraid of appearing like he didn’t belong in upper level courses; he didn’t want it to seem that he was a token minority. When Joey realized he is bisexual, he was not able to accept it. The fear of his family’s disapproval led him to keep it a secret from everyone in his life. His goal became to act like he fit in and get into college.

Once away from his family and away at college, his insecurities and internal struggle deepened his dislike of himself. He fell into a very deep and intense depression that manifested into a desire to self-harm, suicidal ideation, anxiety, and panic-attacks. Self-harm became a negative coping skill to deal with the intense depression and anxiety that he was feeling.

Eventually, Joey realized that he did not want to continue living in that painful existence. He took action by entering therapy and began taking medications to help with his depression and anxiety. Today, he is much stronger emotionally and is managing his mental health. Even though his family is still working to balance their love for Joey with deeply held religious beliefs that cause them to struggle in accepting his sexuality, he is happy with himself and that he was able to get to this place in his life. His goal is to share his story with others, to help everyone get to a place where they can accept themselves and work to become the best person they can be. He wants everyone to know that there’s always hope, and with perseverance and understanding, things can get better.

Joey is based in Western Massachusetts. Speaking engagements beyond 120 miles may require a fee for travel expenses.

 

Read what organizations have to say about Joey:

“Joey captured and held our students’ attention immediately. He used humor appropriately and handled the heaviness of the conversation with grace.” Stoughton High School (MA)

“Joey was excellent! The students really appreciated how authentic he was and his humor.” Boston College High School (MA)

“Our students had overwhelmingly positive feedback about the speakers (Andrew & Joey) and how their stories resonated with them and provided great information and hope about dealing with their own mental health.” Hingham High School (MA)

Elizabeth

Elizabeth thought her purpose in live was to be perfect, even when underneath that appearance she felt pain. These unrealistic expectations led her to destructive behaviors and suicide ideation. Today, through therapy, grounding techniques, yoga, and her loving family, she brings balance to her life and recovery.

Morgan

Morgan’s self-doubt and insecurity led to anxiety and depression that eventually manifested into disordered eating, self-harm, and suicide ideation. Through her recovery, Morgan developed positive coping skills and learned how to love herself, turning that self-doubt into self-worth. She shares her story so that others know they are not alone and recovery IS possible.

Brooke

Brooke

Brooke comes from a childhood full of dysfunction. She never learned healthy ways of experiencing and expressing deep emotions. She grew up having to present a happy face even when she wasn’t happy, which led to becoming progressively hopeless, insecure, and lacking self-worth.

Her intense fear of abandonment led to her being taken advantage of by so-called “friends” who would threaten their friendship if she didn’t do what they wanted her to. Brooke’s experiences throughout her childhood were damaging and infused her with self-doubt, guilt, and a feeling of never being good enough. After struggling with Hypochondria (now realized as an attempt to gain attention from her mother), Brooke was diagnosed with Bipolar II, Body Dysmorphia Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, multiple eating disorders, and eventually Borderline Personality Disorder.

She engaged in reckless behaviors such as drinking, drugs, and self-harm, hoping they’d help her escape from the pain she felt. By the time she left middle school, she felt like life wasn’t worth living, and in high school things got worse. She didn’t want anyone to know what was going on with her, and since she grew up as a child actress, it was easy for her to slap on a smile and hide away from the world rather than speaking up and asking for the help she so desperately wanted and needed.

She didn’t believe anyone would truly love her, and those feelings of worthlessness led to panic attacks and break downs. Eventually, she reached her breaking point; she was ready, and had planned, to take her own life, but chose to seek help instead. She was able to receive treatment at a residential program, finding people there who understood her pain and could truly empathize. Discovering a group of other young girls who shared the same feelings and negative coping experiences made her realize she wasn’t alone and was pivotal in her healing and taking back her life.

Brooke has learned that her best way to recovery is through self-love, consistency, and believing in herself. She hopes to impart knowledge around letting go of self-doubt and negative coping mechanisms by replacing them with positive skills and attitudes. Brooke has come to learn how to build mastery around things she loves to do, and that doing so increases her confidence and self-esteem. Now, Brooke realizes that she is ALWAYS worthwhile, no matter what her feelings may tell her. Today, she lives with two of her favorite coping mechanisms, her two dogs and one cat. She makes bagels, is a personal chef, and, with Minding Your Mind, is living out her dream of being a mental health speaker and offering all she can to help others.

Brooke is based in Massachusetts. Speaking engagements beyond 120 miles may require a fee for travel expenses.

 

Read what organizations have to say about Brooke:

“I am quite seriously going to gush about Brooke. She was fantastic. She has a wonderful presence that was difficult to assess at Saint Andrews because I was so far away from her. Our group last night was more intimate and the audience was riveted. She was relatable and authentic when describing a harrowing struggle yet uplifting and quite practical when describing her recovery. I am so pleased and our students are still talking about Brooke’s presentation. Thank you for all of your help with program coordination. I look forward to working with Minding Your Mind in the future.” Providence College (RI)

“Brooke was a fantastic speaker and the students were engaged the entire time she presented. I had many students contact me after her talk because they felt more comfortable seeking support after learning how much it helped her. Thank you, Brooke, for sharing your story with us.” St. Andrew’s School (MA)

“Brooke was incredible and made our Community Day a success! She presented her story in an authentic and powerful way in which every member of the audience could relate in a significant way.” Miss Porter’s School