SHAWNA MARIE AARONS-COOKE, LCSW-R is the founder and CEO of Healing Truth Center™. A native New Yorker of Jamaican heritage, Shawna Marie committed herself to her personal path of self-discovery and healing which led to an extensive study of spiritual teachers, healers, philosophers and perspectives. She received ordinations in 2003, 2006, and 2008 and simultaneously received her Master of Social Work degree with specialized training in clinical practice in mental health and psychiatric settings. Shawna Marie is also certified as a Registered Yoga Teacher, hypnotherapist, and as a life coach. With all her credentials and training Shawna Marie has one core mission in life: facilitating evolutionary living. Healing Truth Center, founded in 2007, is her primary vehicle for this mission. Through her books, coaching, consulting, and trainings, Shawna Marie supports life transformation.
AUTHOR and PUBLIC FIGURE
In 2009, Shawna Marie wrote and published her first book, Prosperity NOW! In 2010, further expanding upon the teachings in her book, she began blogging and podcasting, inspiring a loyal following. She also produced the Living in Spiritual Perspective Show via podcast and live streaming video, with an accompanying blog. In 2011 she completed her second book Only God. As a result of her positive impact on others, Shawna Marie has been a featured speaker at spiritual centers, churches, and women’s events. She also served as the In-House Therapist at several community events throughout New York.
PSYCHOTHERAPIST and CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER
Prior to becoming a published author, Shawna Marie embarked upon a full-time career as a psychotherapist in community mental health. She completed her master’s degree in Social Work from New York University in 2007 and later received her LCSW licensure as a Clinical Social Worker and her CASAC license as a Certified Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor. Shawna Marie has supported hundreds of individuals and families via psychotherapy for 15 years, and done incredible work strengthening and expanding integrated mental health and addiction services in lower Westchester, New York. She is respected for her extensive experience in training and supervising therapists as well as in behavioral health services administration. Shawna Marie is currently in the process of completing her doctoral studies in social work with a focus on deconstructing and decolonizing clinical care, education, supervision, and organizational leadership.
HEALER and TEACHER
Shawna Marie is a self-proclaimed “student of life.” It is her exposure to spiritual principles and practices, which began in her early childhood, that has provided a foundation for her. “As early as three years old,” she recalls, “I joined my grandfather in the middle of the night for meditations, yoga, and readings from his vast collection of books by various philosophers and spiritual writers. These early experiences—combined with my natural inquisitiveness—led me to explore and appreciate different philosophical perspectives about life and spirituality.”
Perhaps due to the types of meditations she was learning from her grandfather, Shawna Marie had a keen intuition, empathic abilities, and at times would have both premonitions and prophetic dreams which she did not speak of during her childhood or adolescent years. After her college years at Boston University, Shawna Marie was led to a spiritual teacher through a dream. She then began her conscious path of spiritual discovery and healing which included studies in energy healing, meditation, prayer methods, metaphysics, theology, philosophy, psychology, yoga, and more.
After completing training as a spiritual healing practitioner and teacher, Shawna Marie continued to study while pursuing formal education in the field of mental health. She summarizes her discovery of the mind and spirit as her greatest gift. She affirms that “I have come to learn that there are many paths to understanding self and the universal truths of life and living. In order to find my path and to overcome various traumas, integrating insights from the field of mental health coupled with spiritual principles and practices is what truly saved my life.”