Shawna Marie Aarons-Cooke, LCSW-R is the founder and CEO of Healing Truth Center™ (founded in 2007.) A native New Yorker from Queens of Jamaican heritage, Shawna Marie committed herself wholeheartedly to her personal path of spiritual discovery and healing which led to an extensive study of teachings across a variety of perspectives, including a host of independent spiritual teachers, mystics and philosophers of the 1800-1900s. Shawna Marie received ordinations in 2003, 2006 and 2008. Simultaneously she received her Master of Social Work degree with specialized training in clinical practice in mental health and psychiatric settings. With all these credentials, however, Shawna Marie has one core mission in life: facilitating insight for exceptional living. Healing Truth Center is her primary vehicle for this mission and she uses motivational books, live events, life coaching, psychotherapy, couples’ counseling, and online programs as her tools.
AS AUTHOR AND PUBLIC FIGURE
In 2009, Shawna Marie wrote and published her first book, Prosperity NOW! and in 2010 she began blogging and podcasting, inspiring a loyal following of constituents and clients. 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. Over the years, she’s been a featured speaker at spiritual centers, churches, and women’s events in addition to serving as In-House Therapist at live community events.
AS A 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, with specialized training in clinical practice in mental health and psychiatric settings. In 2011 she received her LCSW licensure as a Clinical Social Worker and has since done incredible work strengthening and expanding mental health clinics in lower Westchester. She has extensive experience training and supervising therapists and in mental health services administration.
AS A SPIRITUAL HEALER
Shawna Marie is a self-proclaimed “student of life” and 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 candle 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. But 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 including studies in metaphysics, theosophy, theology, philosophy, psychology, meditation, prayer methods, energy healing, spiritual healing and more.
After completing training as a spiritual healing practitioner, she continued to study and train in ministry while pursuing formal training in the field of mental health. She summarizes her journey of the mind and spirit as her “greatest gift.” And, “There are invaluable keys to life in universal truths and especially the integration of psychology and mental health into the overall picture of understanding self, life and living. It’s saved my life and I know there are so many others who can benefit from the joy and freedom that comes with consciously undertaking one’s personal path of spiritual discovery and healing.”