Kristina Silvestry is the founding director of Peace of Mind Counseling and Wellness Center and Peace of Mind Yoga. Kristina is a Licensed Professional Counselor in New Jersey and nationally board certified with a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Marywood University. In 2008, under the guidance of Ruth Castellano, Kristina was introduced to Sandplay Therapy, a Jungian-based counseling modality that was instrumental to her growth both professionally and personally. Furthering her studies she became trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and obtained her Certified Clinical Trauma Professional designation. All of these modalities allow Kris to connect and provide a safe space for people working through multiple life experiences.
Over the years Kris has committed her professional work to non-profit organizations in the trauma field as a counselor or supervisor. While working within the field, Kristina was able to identify the need for a holistic method including body, mind and spirit. The impact of her experiences motivated her to obtain her certification in yoga. Through NJ Yoga Teacher Training under the guidance of Stephanie Parcells and Cindy Romano, Kristina earned her 200 hour yoga teacher certification.
Wanting to deepen her knowledge, Kristina engaged in a week long teacher immersion with world-renowned yoga teacher Seane Corn through Spirit Speaks. Through this training Kristina was able to learn how to tap into the Junigian philosophies and combine them with the eight limbs of yoga to create a deeper flow sequence while teaching. After YTT, Kristina obtained her 50-Hr Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher Certification though BodyWise Foundation. BodyWise Foundation offers trauma-informed yoga programs, professional trainings, and international aid to facilitate healing trauma. In May, Kris was certified with the Accessible Yoga Training Academy with Jivana Heyman, Amber Karnes, Kelley Palmer, and Susanna Barkataki. In addition to the in-depth trainings, Kristina is also a Reiki II practitioner and certified in Restorative and Prenatal Yoga. Kris is currently finishing her 300 hour yoga teacher training that will certify Kris as a 500 hour registered yoga teacher. Kris recently completed Scott Moore's Yoga Nidra 20 hour certification and Dr. Naomi Pagan Fox's 50 hour Yin Yoga Level 1 Training. Wanting a location that will that allow people to feel safe, free and comfortable while moving and meditating, Kristina found and renovated a space adjacent to the existing Peace of Mind Counseling practice. It is because of this that Kristina’s dreams of combining all forms of health and wellness have come to fruition. Come visit Kris when she is hosting RELEASE (Trauma Focused Yin Yoga), Yoga Group Therapy and HEAL (Trauma Focused Yoga). Click here to sign up for classes with Kris.
MA, NCC, LPC, ACS, CCTP, RYT
Director/ Yoga Instructor