By Addison Grimm
Vital Village Networks Community Mobilization AmeriCorps VISTA
Stefanie Belnavis (BC-DMT, LMHC), might be new to The Village, but she is no stranger to the value of connection. Though her educational journey started with contemporary modern dance, overtime she has been led to embrace so much more. Her private practice, A Bucket for the Well LLC, to which she owns and executively directs, focuses on therapeutic creative wellness supporting black and brown birthing folks, perinatal providers and birth workers in the Boston area, while also providing creative outlets to explore their journey’s and experiences. In 2010 she was diagnosed with a retinal detachment in both eyes that subsequently resulted in blindness in her left eye and severe visual impairments in the right eye. After moving to Boston from Jamaica, her home country, she completed grad school and clinical hours. All the while Stefanie was visioning, discovering and planning for what her career might look like. Through it all, Stefanie held strong, and now offers four specialized “bucket” services at A Bucket for the Well LLC rooted in creative expression and support; the creative bucket, natal bucket, kinesthetic bucket and conscious bucket.
When asked what advice she would give to those starting a business in this line of work, Stefanie was honest in saying it can be hard, especially if one doesn't have a background in business. But, remember it is normal to pivot, be “fearless with reinventing the work that you’re doing. . .[and] re-evaluate your relationship with fear and perfectionism.” Because some of the “best centering moments have been due to the biggest failures.”
Now on her journey to becoming a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) through Vital Village and The Boston Breastfeeding Coalition, Stefanie is looking forward to being able to connect with her work in a deeper way, using this opportunity to broaden her scope even more and eventually become a doula.
If you are interested in creative wellness services with A Bucket For The Well LLC., Stefanie kindly asks that you complete the referral form HERE and she will be in touch.
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