I'm Dr. Jeannie Bertoli and I'm so excited that you're here. After living most of my life based on the principles of my family and culture and society, I found myself stressed out and exhausted.
I had success in every conventional way, but just didn't feel the way I wanted to feel about my life. So...I went on a journey. This journey took me through highs and lows and to face myself and the life I had been living. I wandered through the West searching, but I didn't know what for.
Eventually I came to know, through my meditation practice, that I needed to begin stripping away, leaving behind habits and defense mechanisms that I thought served me throughout my life. I had never really looked at what they had cost me. Now that was becoming clear. They had created separation and an insulation from vulnerability. Where I thought I was protected, I was merely separate, which I did not want to be.
That is where I began, but I had much more to learn. The more I released, the freer I became. The less I followed societal convention and the more I followed the messages from the depth of my meditation practice, the happier I became.
It has been five years now and I can barely recognize the person I once was. I was tough and strong and nothing could stop me...but I was not really satisfied. Now I am much softer and without an agenda of my own except to serve. I feel direct support and guidance for my life each day. My meditation practice has led to the book and the recordings you will find on this site and other places.
I believe the world is awakening. I believe many more are seeking to leave behind that which is not working for them. Those who are open and seeking will find the answers to their questions. There is another life that awaits that has both peace and productivity, that is a relief from the stress of the current lives most people lead. There is no longer a need to feel the burdens of the past and the weight of indoctrination.
Peace and focus and simplicity are the buzz words of the future. Of this I am certain.
May the words and messages I share with you serve you on whatever path you take.
What I Believe
I believe in the human spirit, in our ability to change, and in perseverance.
I believe we can have what we want in life, but so can others and we cannot force others to our will, and if we can, we should not.
I believe in open, honest, difficult conversations.
I believe in being truthful with each other and working together, even when it is painful.
I believe in the care of those we have as dependents, and not letting our own needs dwarf theirs - a balance must be proffered.
I believe so strongly in your potential - for your individual life and in all of your relationships. When we work together to examine our own issues, excavate our own minds for what serves us and what holds us back - then we can live our most meaningful lives and create our strongest and most fulfilling relationships.
I have learned many, many processes and techniques and believe there is always more to learn.
My Education & History
In terms of my formal education, I received my:
PhD from Florida State in Marriage & Family Therapy
Masters in Child Development & Family Relations from East Carolina University
Bachelors of Business Administration from The University of Georgia (go Dawgs)
I am a former psychotherapist and was licensed as a Marriage & Family Therapist for 15 years in Washington, DC. I transitioned to teaching and training, and speaking and writing in 2014, so I no longer diagnose and treat mental diseases and disorders.
I now take all my training and experience, and formulate skills, techniques, and habits to help you revolutionize your life.
It is my great honor to help my students and clients through some of the most difficult times of their lives.
I am a creator. I create courses and videos and podcasts to shift the world. May I be of great service.