Awaken The Spirit Wellness Center LLC | Catonsville, MD

CATONSVILLE: 410-747-9743

Awaken The Spirit Wellness Center LLC |  Catonsville MD

Acupuncture & Psychotherapy for the Mind Body Spirit

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I received my Master of Social Work from the University of Maryland School of Social Work in 1994 and am an LCSW-C, a licensed certified social worker-clinical. From 1994-2002, I served as the Executive Director of the STTAR Center, the Sexual Trauma Treatment Advocacy and Recovery Center in Howard County, Maryland. I have also served on several non-profit boards of directors, including MCASA (MD Coalition Against Sexual Assault), The MD Network Against Domestic Violence, and The Howard County Child Advocacy Center. Prior to social work school, I received my BA from Salisbury University in 1977, was a teacher and administrator at a business college and have worked extensively with adults with developmental disabilities.


I have maintained a private psychotherapy practice since 1995. Areas of clinical interest include: Alternative Health, Eastern Medicine, Social Work Specialties in Affective Disorders, Sexual and Domestic Trauma, Developmental Disabilities, PTSD, Spirituality and Mental Health and Dual Diagnoses of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Disorders.


My practice has been influenced by self-psychology, object relations theory, Jungian psychology, humanistic and existential psychology and energy psychology. I have received training from national trainers such as Albert Ellis PhD; Bessel A. van der Kolk, M.D; Christine Courtois, Ph.D.; Judith Herman, M.D; Patrick Carnes, Ph.D.; William O’Hanlon, M.S.; Roy Hazlewood, from the FBI; Anne Burgess, R.N., D.Sc.N; David Feinstein Ph.D. and Donna Eden.


In 2011, I completed the coursework and was subsequently approved by the MD State Board of Social Work Examiners to provide supervision to LGSW’s in the state of Maryland.

About Sheri

Sheri DePetro describes her practice as the "nexus between Eastern and Western Medicine." As such, she focuses on your total well-being. Your physical, emotional, and spiritual needs will remain the primary focus of your treatment. Below Sheri describes her experience and  practice in her own words.  To better understand her philosophy of life, Click here to read about her teachings for life and mother earth.

Sheri as a Social Worker

I have been a patient of acupuncture for 26 years.  I am amazed at the transformative powers of acupuncture and the many changes in my own life. A spiritual experience in 2002 led me to begin a new journey and I enrolled in acupuncture school. In the winter of 2006, I received a Master of Acupuncture degree from Tai Sophia Institute, now called Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH), I studied five-element acupuncture with Diane Connolly and Bob Duggan, Lonny Jarrett, Angela and John Hicks and Elisabeth Rochat de la Valle. In 2010, I completed the Wholeheart Acupuncture Series with Thea Elijah, a 2 year, five-element acupuncture intensive.


In addition to schooling at Tai Sophia, I have received specialized acupuncture training in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), Classical Chinese Medicine from Jeffrey Yuen, Alex Tiberi, Robert Chu, Richard Tan, Jack Daniel, and facial rejuvenation with Mary Elizabeth Wakefield, and Michelle Gellis. I have studied Zero Balancing from Fritz Smith, MD and Bob Brown.


I received addiction and detoxification training and auricular acupuncture training from Michael O. Smith, MD; Peter Marinakis PhD; and David Wurzel Lac and auricular training from Terry Oleson, PhD.  I have studied Chinese herbs with Alex Tiberi, Thea Elijah, Steve Kaufman, and Bob Shapiro and Western herbs with James Duke, PhD, Simon Y. Mills, and Michael Gaeta.




I am a member of the National Association of Social Workers, NASW and the Maryland Chapter of NASW, the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) and The Maryland Acupuncture Society.

Sheri as an Acupuncturist

"One of the most satisfying experiences I know is fully to appreciate an individual in the same way I appreciate a sunset. When I look at a sunset…I don’t find myself saying, ‘Soften the orange a little more on the right hand corner, and put a bit more purple along the base, and use a little more pink in the cloud color…’ I don’t try to control a sunset. I watch it with awe as it unfolds.”

-Carl R. Rogers

Get to know Sheri DePetro and Awaken The Spirit LLC of Catonsville, MD.


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Sheri as Practitioner of Life

I have studied alternative, indigenous and native healing modalities and philosophies for the past 20 years with teachers and elders from various traditions such as Lakota, Anishinabe, native healers from the rain forest and Buddhism.  In addition, I have studied plant spirit medicine, as well as energetic medicine and have completed Level One and Level Two of Spring Forest Qigong.


My teachings combine a Native American spiritual path with the eastern philosophy of Taoism.  Awaken the Spirit  LLC follows my vision and my dream: that we are all connected; everything in the universe is related.  The Lakota term is Mitakyue Oaysin, All my relations. We must all work together to make life on earth a more peaceful and healthier planet to reside on. This philosophy begins with each of us as individuals, accepting responsibility for our destinies. It is my privilege to work with each of you.


Please contact me at 410-747-9743 to make an appointment.

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