teachers

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Barbara Nadalini-Priesnitz, LPC-S

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MindBar COO and Lead Teacher

Barbara is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor (LPC-S) dedicated to helping people find truth and meaning in their lives, as well as relief from pain and anxiety. Barbara became a therapist in midlife, bringing significant life and work experience to the skills, education and compassion that make therapy meaningful. Before becoming a therapist, Barbara owned and operated a restaurant in the late 90's, had a career in Information Technology, and raised her family in Austin, Texas. She has been practicing in Austin since 2013.

Hailey O'Neill

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MindBar CEO and Founder

Hailey O'Neill is the CEO and Founder of MindBar. When Hailey discovered her purpose of making mental health care services more accessible, less formal and fun(!), she decided to take the leap and start her own company in 2020 - right before a global pandemic. Hailey has done her own work in therapy and has a deep personal commitment to learning and sharing the best practices that make life easier and more enjoyable. "There are so many of us going through this - we're not alone! MindBar lets us share and learn from one another."

Molly Seifert, MS

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MindBar Teacher

Molly is a Body Image Coach and Mentor who believes that you can learn the skills of radical body acceptance in any body size. She loves watching people discover their inherent worthiness and step into the confident life they are meant for! Molly started coaching as a Certified Health Coach finding her niche in Intuitive Eating. Very quickly she discovered that food wasn't the root of the problem. She found that underneath that layer of food obsession, was an unhealthy relationship to our bodies. Molly's approach combines improving your body image through your head, your heart, and your body. She believes that everyone has all the tools they need within themselves and that each person has their own unique gifts and intuition to uncover! Each person's path to confidence and self-knowing is going to look different, and that's what Molly loves about it! Molly believes that the more people there are being unapologetically themselves, the stronger we are as a whole!

Kate Axelsson

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MindBar Teacher

Kate is a certified yoga and meditation instructor and teacher of many disciplines, having ranged from marketing to improvisation and stand up comedy. She earned her 200 hour Yoga and Yoga Nidra certificates from Black Swan Yoga, and holds a Masters in Leadership and Change from St. Edward’s University, where mindfulness and meditation were emphasized throughout her degree. As a life-long learner, Kate believes our purpose in life is to challenge ourselves to grow and align with our most authentic self, all while seeking joy and abundance.

Jessica Murph, LMFT

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MindBar Teacher

Jessica Hope Murph, LMFT, LCDC, is a Mental Health Warrior! Jessica is passionate about helping people in relationships that might be toxic or co-dependent; helping them to identify unhealthy boundaries and correct maladaptive behaviors. She takes pride in being a gender-affirming therapist, advocating for the LGBTQ+ community and human rights. She works with traditional relationships, non-traditional, and polyamorous. Jessica wants her clients to feel safe, non-judged, and validated as long as they are healthy. Her motto is: "You are not responsible for anyone else's happiness and they are not responsible for yours. Healthy is individualism and personal accountability."

Alecia Nicole

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MindBar Teacher

Alecia is a yoga, breathwork, and meditation instructor currently based in Austin, TX. With 5 years of experience in the health and wellness industry, she teaches how to listen to your body and use your breath to facilitate healing. She holds specialty certifications in Yoga Nidra, Yin Yoga, and multiple breathwork techniques including the Wim Hoff Method. Alecia aims to facilitate spaces where students feel encouraged and safe to connect to and explore their mind, body, and spirit.

Maria Scrimenti

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MindBar Teacher

Maria is a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor who helps women make peace with food and feel confident in their bodies without dieting. She specializes in "emotional eating", body dissatisfaction, and disordered eating such as chronic dieting and binge eating. She loves fresh flowers, singing and dancing around the kitchen, and leisurely Jeep drives through Nashville in the sunshine with the music loud. Essentially, she is passionate about living joyfully and freely and is dedicated to helping others live the same way. Maria has been featured in several major media publications including PsychologyToday, PopSugar, Yahoo, MSN, and the National Wellness Institute Journal. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science, and almost a decade of experience in the fitness industry with certifications in 7 different fitness modalities. She has completed nearly 20 graduate- level courses in counseling, is a Certified Health & Wellness Coach, and a fitness instructor at Vanderbilt University. Maria adores her work and is on a mission to help women leave shame and “should’s” behind so they can embrace and connect to their truest, most vibrant selves.

Lisa Christensen

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MindBar Teacher

Lisa Christensen is the VP of sales for a medical/legal company, and the proud mom of three young adults. She has been married 20+ years, has seen her share of relationship challenges. She and her husband are currently processing the recent death of their parents, and almost losing one of their children to depression. Lisa has consistently sought and relied on support from people she loves and others going through similar situations, and several years ago began leading support groups for parents and couples. Lisa will walk with you through the tough stuff, and provide a safe place to share and relate.

Kayla Lane Freeman, LMSW, RYT200

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MindBar Teacher

Kayla is a mental health therapist, creator and registered trauma-informed yoga teacher based in Austin, TX. She is proud to be queer, sex-positive, kink-friendly, and a Health At Every Size advocate. Kayla believes all bodies are good bodies, and that the body can provide useful insights into our emotional and mental healing. Before pursuing her Master’s in Social Work, Kayla regularly produced interactive art and comedy that explored mental wellness, the body and identity through performance. Until 2021, Kayla lived in Chicago where she worked in e-learning as a content producer, and later arts and social justice education nonprofits as a curriculum writer and facilitator. Most recently, Kayla served as a therapist in outpatient substance use treatment, where she used counseling, art therapy, meditation and trauma-informed yoga to help Chicago’s blue collar workers find healing from addiction and problematic substance use. Expanding the conversation about our well-being through art, media and education is a passion area of Kayla’s—she creates mental health education videos on her YouTube channel: Your Therapist Friend. When she's not working as an instructor or therapist, Kayla loves to hike, read non-fiction, watch YouTube and make weird, playful art.

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