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Misa Leonessa Garavaglia

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Felton, CA


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Misa Leonessa is a counselor, life coach and spiritual director specializing in trauma recovery, relationships, communication and spiritual growth.  She has walked the path from surviving to thriving herself, and has a passion to help people heal from childhood abuse and those who are committed to pursuing greater relational, emotional and spiritual wholeness.  She created Living from the Heart, a nine month course and group coaching experience to help people grow deep, authentic intimacy.

Misa is the producer and host of Beyond Abuse Radio where she shares the wisdom gleaned from her own journey of three decades of healing, as well as interviewing other survivors, helpers, and experts in trauma recovery.  She facilitates workshops and conferences for individuals ready to break patterns of fear and self-protection to find their new inheritance of life, love and joy.

Misa has BA’s in Sociology and Non-Profit Administration from University of the Pacific, is a graduate from Life Skills International and Mercy Center’s Spiritual Director Institute in Burlingame, Ca.  She a member of Spiritual Directors International.   She volunteers for the Survivor’s Healing Center of Santa Cruz and is also a TEDX speaker trainer.

Misa has 2 beautiful daughters whom she homeschooled from kindergarten through high school and has been married for 30 years.  She lives in the Santa Cruz mountains of central California with her husband Lou and her dog Gizmo.  Misa loves to write, walk in the Redwoods, and kayak.  She also enjoys growing flowers, singing, and artistic expression.