Maribel Ramirez, Health and Wellness Coach 

Hi, my name is Maribel Ramirez. I’m originally from México but I have lived in California, USA for the last two decades. I’m bilingual in Spanish and English.

At a very young age I realized that I wanted to help others. This led me to study and graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. I have worked in education, and non-profits.

Recently, I became an Ambassador of Compassion through the Center of Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University School of Medicine.

I’m also certified as Health and Wellness Coach through the Health Coach Institute.

And I am part of Kara where I provide peer and group grief support.

I have experienced loss and grief myself. The loss of a loved one, and the loss of health. These experiences have impacted my life in many ways. I know how is to feel fatigue, sad, anxious.

I understand what is to have little or no motivation to work due to the lack of energy and mental suffering.

During the search of how to support myself, I realized that I had developed many habits that were not optimal for my health. Many of our behaviors are habits. These habits can be beneficial or harmful. Changing habits is hard but with support and accountability change is possible. For me, changing mine habits have been a continuous process of growth.

Overtime, I have changed my mindset, my nutrition, I have learned to set more boundaries, and I

re-connected with my spiritual life. Another thing that helped me was practicing Shaolin Kung-fu and Kempo Karate. Breathing, self-discipline, and daily practice were key components in karate that provided me energy and confidence. Additionally, the continuous practice of mindfulness and meditation have transformed my life allowing me to live with more peace.

I believe change and transformation are possible. I also believe that we need a community and support. Healing happens in community.

Change starts with intention and small continuous actions that will lead us in creating the life we want. This takes practice, patience, self-compassion, courage, and a lot of breathing:)

My mission is to help others in their health journey by creating small but sustainable ways to start moving from surviving to thriving.

I use strategies such as positive psychology, motivational interviewing, behavior change, mindfulness, breathing techniques and compassion practices that will support you in achieving your health and wellness goals. I always make sure that I provide a safe space, deep listening and compassionate care.

P.S. My hobbies are spending time with friends and family, going to the beach with my kids and husband, biking, reading, and painting rocks.

-Maribel Ramirez