Elizabeth Veras

Elizabeth Veras Florida, USA

Elizabeth Veras is a Faculty Member with The Center for Mind-Body Medicine. In 2018, she attended the PTP and ATP trainings that were offered in Broward County, FL following the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Inspired by the power of this program and the ability to rebuild both individuals and communities, Elizabeth immediately set to work. Her first group was in Parkland, the very community that brought The Center for Mind-Body Medicine to South Florida. Elizabeth then brought the work to her local community: reaching out to local libraries, hospital systems and universities. She started presenting mind-body skills workshops at local support groups. Elizabeth then collaborated with staff at a local university and provided various workshops and three sessions of 8-week groups. In the summer of 2019, she designed a mind-body skills series for families at a local branch of the Broward County Library just as she was wrapping up certification requirements. Elizabeth also provides supervision to new facilitators in the CMBM Puerto Rico program. Elizabeth is fluent in Spanish, runs groups and has presented workshops for Spanish speakers. In January of 2020, Elizabeth joined the Broward Leadership Team. She has brought mind-body skills to afterschool programming. During the first days of the pandemic — with school instruction going online — Elizabeth provided live, weekly imagery sessions to teachers and students as a community member with the Mindfulness in BCPS program. She is also a member of the Mind Body Resiliency Coalition. This past summer, she completed internship requirements by participating in the Minneapolis PTP in July of 2020. In August of 2020, Elizabeth attended her third round of training in Broward, this time as Faculty! This training coincided with the closing of her first online teen mind-body skills group. Elizabeth states, “The CMBM training came to Broward and I was so enriched by the experience, I felt compelled to share this work. I had no idea who would listen but I set out, quite simply, to pay it forward. I was — and remain — so inspired, I knocked on every door! After that initial training, I felt so privileged and so grateful, all I wanted to do was bring this work everywhere I went. I still do.”  

As a Happiness Coach, her approach is one of comprehensive wellness: if the goal is optimal health and wellness, the whole person must be taken into consideration. Elizabeth is a trained group facilitator and currently runs groups and leads workshops. She has presented for staff development, law enforcement and is a frequent speaker at support groups for various organizations including area healthcare systems and local universities. As an Ageless Grace Educator, Elizabeth brings brain fitness to various branches of the Broward County Library, assisted living and memory care facilities. As a member of Diversity in Aquatics & US Master Swimming, the merging of her expertise in mind-body medicine — and specifically mindfulness — to expand personal growth and facilitate healing is a top priority. Her work in the area of Blue-Mindfulness has been beneficial to her own personal healing and she is now helping others attain post-traumatic growth. Elizabeth’s work experience includes counseling, education and human resources. Elizabeth is a Certified Practitioner with The Center for Mind-Body Medicine, Certified Yoga for Youth Educator and, an Ageless Grace (brain fitness) Educator. She is also an Advanced Reiki Practitioner. Elizabeth holds degrees from the University of Miami and Nova Southeastern University. She also holds a Certificate in Human Resource Management from Florida Atlantic University. For health and wellness, follow on Instagram: @i.am.liztening