Meet Kathy Morelli, LMT, LPC, CA
Licensed Professional Counselor, Author, Speaker, Friend

I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor in Wayne, NJ and the Director of HeartLife Holistic® LLC.  As an Integrative Therapist,  I provide Individual and Couples Counseling in Wayne, New Jersey.

To help my clients heal from trauma (PTSD), I use current trauma models informed by neurobiology and somatic techniques. These trauma models include Somatic Experiencing® (SE®), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).

 I also have a well-developed special focus in Perinatal Mood Disorders. I help  women & their families with are: the emotions of pregnancy, birth and postpartum. This encompasses such issues as the fears and anxieties of pregnancy & birth, pregnancy loss, anxiety & depression, PTSD/ birth trauma, impact of sexual abuse & rape on pregnancy& birthing, abortion & post-abortion emotions, prematurity, adaptation to motherhood, and the couple’s transition to parenthood.

 In addition, private childbirth education for those women and families who need some extra attention during pregnancy is available. You can take a peek at my work in mental health on my blog.

The BirthTouch® blog covers such topics as the emotions of depression, anxiety,  trauma, pregnancy, birth and postpartum and couples work.

Professional consults are available via Skype and phone.

My background and education:

I’ve been studying healing for three decades. I began my journey by studying holistic touch therapies at Meridian Shiatsu Institute in Pennsylvania: shiatsu, acupressure, Reiki and eventually, Upledger Craniosacral Therapy.  I continued my journey by studying birth hypnosis.

Form there, I studied counseling psychology.  Today I have an integrative counseling practice, combining evidence-based therapies, traditional and complementary. One the somatic side of my practice, I provide Reiki energy work consisting of Reiki, shiatsu,  acupressure and craniosacral techniques. I firmly believe that emotional pain is lodged not just in the mind, but the in the body’s tissues. I have my  NJ  Massage License as well.

I was interviewed for PsychCentral’s Clinicians on the Couch column written by Margarita Tartakovsky. The  personable  interview can be found here.

Listen to my web talk radio interview regarding the transition to motherhood and perinatal mood disorders with Dori DeCarlo’s Word of Mom can be found here.


I’ve written three books in the BirthTouch® series:  BirthTouch® Shiatsu and Acupressure for the Childbearing Year, BirthTouch® Healing for Parents in the NICU and the BirthTouch® Guide to Perinatal Mental Illness for Birth Professionals.

Freelance writer and author, many aspects of holistic mental health

I maintained five -year column in the Examiner for Pregnancy & Infant Parenting for Morris County, NJ. I served as the Guest Blog Manager for Lamaze International’s Science and Sensibility and have numerous articles about perinatal mood disorders posted on the Lamaze blog. For several years, I co-hosted Postpartum Support International’s #PSIBlogHop for  Maternal Mental Health. I now  serve as a founding member of Postpartum Support International’s New Jersey Chapter and is on the Community Outreach Committee.

I’ve lectured on BirthTouch® at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey’s Semmelweis Conference for Midwifery, numerous birth conferences, including BirthWorks®, HypnoBirthing®, at midwifery schools, at La Leche League of the Garden State and at Postpartum Support International’s Annual 2011 Conference. I’ve  presented numerous informational talks for BabiesRUs regarding perinatal mood disorders.

I’ve presented trainings to allied birth organizations about maternal mental health and family systems and I’m  also on web media, for organizations such as PBS’ This Emotional Life, and the Seleni Group in New York City.  I’m  a CEU provider for DONA International.

An overview of some trainings/certifications:

  • Somatic Experiencing, Completed Levels 1 & 2 and in the process of completing Advanced Year 3
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia, U of Pennsylvania 
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Intensive Levels 1 &2
  • EMDR Levels One, Two, Three
  • The Herbal Academy, Entrepreneur Herbal Course 
  • The Herbal Academy, Self Care and Stress Management Course
  • School of Aromatic Wisdom, Clinical Aromatherapist   
  • Salve Regina University, Expressive Arts Facilitator Training
  • Academy of Guided Imagery, Level One & Two 
  • Birthing From Within, Level One
  • Gottman Institute’s Couples Counseling, Level One and Level Two
  • Debra Pascali-Bonaro’s DONA doula & postpartum doula trainings
  • Postpartum Support International’s Perinatal Mood Disorders Certification
  • Rutger University’s Active Parenting classes
  • Penny Simkin’s Birth Trauma training
  • Jin Shin Do® Bodymind Acupressure®
  •  Meridian Shiatsu Institute Shiatsu certification
  • Reiki Master, 2000
  • Upledger® CranioSacral Level 1

Past work experience includes:

  • Overlook Medical Center:  Behavioral Medicine Clinician. I was on the team that implemented their DBT Outpatient group and on the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia team
  • MindBody Specialist at Mountainside Hospital’s Cancer Center, where I did family counseling and ran the Complementary Care program, and developed the Reiki Volunteer Program.
  • Newbridge Services, Inc: Mental Health Counselor. Counseling persons with severe mental illness
  • Owner of Gentle Birthing Methods, providing shiatsu & acupressure and birth hypnosis for pregnant women

 Speaking & Workshops

  •  Available to speak to your group about Perinatal Mental Health  to parent groups, mid-wives, doulas and La Leche League leaders.
  • Periodically offers therapeutic workshops incorporating mixed media such as collaging, beading and Spirit Doll work.
  • Available to provide training to doulas, midwives and pregnant couples in the BirthTouch® Mindbody Method for Pregnant Families

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