Holistic Mental Health Practice Resists Pandemic, Expands to Williamsville

Licensed mental health counselor Nicole Chumsky opened her first mindful living and yoga studio in Clarence in early 2019 and her second in Kenmore the summer of that year, seven months before the Covid-19 pandemic hit the region.

A lot had changed that summer, when she closed the Clarence store and moved it to a space twice the size in Williamsville.

Many things have also remained the same.

Be Embodied continues its holistic approach with clients who understand that counseling, good nutrition and regular physical activity promote better well-being.

The pandemic has generated more customers in touch with this mindset.

“A lot more people were seeking services than before, which in a way also helped de-stigmatize mental health,” Chumsky said this week during a tour of the new location.

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She owns the site at 2790 Delaware Ave., Kenmore. She and Bridget Rippe, a licensed clinical psychologist, co-own the Williamsville site at Main and Rinewalt streets.

“Our business volume has held steady throughout the pandemic,” said Rippe, who previously worked at the Clarence site and also works at the Center for Cancer Care at Erie County Medical Center. “Telehealth quickly became a blessing.”

Some customers continue to be interested in it, Chumsky said, “but a lot of our customers really like to come because we spend a lot of energy making sure the environment is not just trauma-informed, but also aesthetically pleasing.” healing and cleansing. We’re mindful, so people can wear slippers while they’re here. They take their shoes off. We’ve got scents. We’ve got music. Even with the visual effects in every room, we keep it very minimalist and yet warm and cozy.

The new site includes nine offices for counselors and two mental health nurse practitioners, both of whom can prescribe medications if needed and help patients manage them. One of them can see patients as young as 13; the other can prescribe medical cannabis. Both can also order blood tests and recommend vitamins, minerals, exercise and other steps towards better health.

Kenmore practitioners can work with those ages 3 and up.

The consultancy arm of the Williamsville operation opened in July. The yoga studio opened last month.

“Everything in the yoga studio is open to the general public,” Chumsky said. “We have yoga, Qigong, meditation. We also organize workshops. An upcoming program will focus on ways to treat seasonal affective disorder.

“When you’re in the waiting room, you don’t know if you’re sitting next to someone going to a yoga class, or someone going to a nutrition appointment or going to a psychiatric appointment,” Chumsky said. “It doesn’t matter. They’re all here for help.

Be Embodied will host a grand opening from noon to 4 p.m. on October 22 at the Williamsville location, 5872 Main St. It includes tours, snacks and refreshments, raffles, and free yoga classes. Learn more at bemindfulliving.com or by calling 716-906-3770.

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