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Initially trained as a plant scientist Samantha Pierce's experiences as a mother inspired her to focus on autism, parenting, and education. She has worked with young adults with mental health issues and children with behavior challenges. Samantha weaves NHA into her work on autism, education advocacy, and parenting. She provides community training in to help transform the experiences of families and educators. Samantha lives in Syracuse, NY with her husband and five children affectionately known as The Horde.
Anca Niculae is a licensed marriage and family therapist in magnificent Fort Collins, Colorado. Her previous work experience includes working as a Head Start teacher and case worker, as well as a medical liaison in a residential treatment center with children 7-16 years of age. After receiving her graduate degree, she worked at the local community mental health center, first as a therapist in a behavioral modification program (using dirt bike riding time as a reward!) for children ages 10-18, and then as an addictions counselor for adults with co-occurring chronic mental health and addictions. She has also worked as part of a holistic treatment center, alongside experts in various fields, working together to support individuals and families from a multi disciplinary perspective. She is currently working in private practice, utilizing The Nurtured Heart Approach, Brainspotting, EMDR and mindfulness techniques in order to continue to provide a compassionate and supportive environment for all of her clients. Her daily intention is to fully experience and express gratitude.