FAQ

What is Balanced Heart™ Healing Center (BHHC)?

Balanced Heart™ Healing Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization providing resources for holistic education and healing to all people unconditionally, without regard to their insurance status or ability to pay.  Each of our Healing-donors and partners has our own for-profit business, and we commit a portion of our business to unconditional care through Balanced Heart™ Healing Center.  We are a group of mental health professionals, holistic health coaches and nutritionists, acupuncturists, massage therapists, nurses, Reiki and yoga practitioners, expressive arts teachers, ministers, and more.

What are the center’s core values?

Two core values at Balanced Heart™ Healing Center are mutual sustainability and growth. We are self-supporting and share with others as we are able, because we can only care for others as well as we care for ourselves.  Growth towards unconditional love for ourselves and others is the essence of life!  Consistency is the key.  Everyone can be their best self some of the time.  When you are consistent in treating both yourself and others with love and respect, even when they’re not doing what you prefer, that is unconditional love.  If we stop growing towards this ideal, we begin dying, and separate ourselves from other people and the goodness of life.

Balanced Heart™ Healing Center is founded upon 10 Principles:

1. Open your heart and TRUST
2. GIVE and RECEIVE without attachment to the outcome.
3. Create SAFETY for yourself and others (because good things happen only when people feel safe)
4. Welcome everything as a BLESSING, especially when it doesn’t look like one!
5. See only GOODNESS (Love).  It’s always there when you go looking for it.
6. DREAM  BIG!!!
7. Take RESPONSIBILITY for everything in your life…NO exceptions!
8. LET GO of what no longer serves you.
9. Have NO JUDGMENTS, so truth can be revealed.
10. BE the MIRACLE you want to create.

©2002, Katharine C. McCorkle

 

What services do you provide?

We provide group and individual health education and healing services, both at our offices and at other provider offices and locations in the community.  Visit this website often for updates on classes, workshops, and other events.  You can call our office at 724-776-5534 to make an appointment for individual services and classes in the Pittsburgh region.  If you don’t see what you want, please call us and ask for it.  We’ll do everything we can to help you find what you need…including opportunities to realize your dreams, and share your gifts with others.

Can people with serious illnesses be healed this way?

YES!  Sometimes the body is so far out of balance that a holistic approach utilizing the body’s own resources for healing is the most effective way to bring it back into balance.

How did you come up with this idea?

There are 2 key experiences which inspired Dr. Katie McCorkle, our Founder and CEO, to develop Balanced Heart™ Healing Center:

1. Awareness of need for unconditional access – For many years, Dr. Katie had treated people unconditionally in her private psychology practice.  Too many people were unable to afford the usual fees and didn’t know where to turn for help.  There were many reasons why people couldn’t access the care they wanted and needed, including lack of insurance.

2. Passion for supporting people to manifest the deepest dreams in their heart – In the spring of 2006, a former participant in one of Dr. Katie’s seminars called her to say she had been on an amazing journey and had a burning desire to give back to other women, but had no idea where to start.  She asked if she could take Dr. Katie to lunch and pick her brain.  Somewhere during that lunch, Dr. Katie realized that she had to create a place and a support structure for people like her, who had gifts they wanted to share with others.  Balanced Heart™ Healing Center was incorporated in August 2006, and received its 501(c)(3) status in April 2008.

Do you have a “Free Care Fund”?

We have something even better than that!  We believe that everyone has something of value to share, so we offer people the opportunity to experience the joy of giving as well as receiving.  Instead of engaging in a relationship where you are dependent upon our charity, we respect that you do have something of value to share with us, and we allow you to determine what that is!  If you do not have health insurance, or if the service you need is not covered by your insurance and you are unable to afford the fee yourself, or if our provider is not credentialed with your insurance company, we accept a donation or volunteer service in exchange for our services.  Our care is unconditional, and we support you in respecting yourself equally as a giver and a receiver.  We trust that as we take care of ourselves, and share out of our abundance with you, there really is enough for everybody!

 Do you treat addictions?

YES!  Addictions signal an imbalance somewhere in your mind, body, or spirit. We help you identify what is out of balance and how you can bring it back into balance. In addition to mental health services, acupuncture, nutritional therapies, and other complementary and alternative treatments can be important in helping addicted people to recover their balance.

The one addiction common to every human being on earth is unconditional love.  When you are in the presence of unconditional love, you know by how you feel…safe, free, balanced, connected, and peaceful.  When you are in the presence of non-love (from either yourself or someone else), you feel fearful, judged, limited, disconnected, and upset.  Sometimes, even if you love yourself most of the time, you may choose (consciously or unconsciously) to accept someone else’s non-loving thoughts and make them your own.  OUCH!  At Balanced Heart™ Healing Center, we teach you how to recognize this, and love yourself unconditionally instead… how to change the channel when unloving thoughts pass through your mind, and how to nurture your body as the precious container it is for your spirit.

What are your credentials?

Dr. Katie McCorkle is a licensed psychologist trained at Stanford University, the University of Pittsburgh, and Harvard Medical School.  Her Healing-Partners and Healing-Donors are highly trained professionals in a variety of disciplines.  Many of her partners are licensed by the state.  While some treatment modalities are not regulated by the state, all practitioners at Balanced Heart™ Healing Center are certified in the healing modalities they practice.  Some partners are certified in several modalities.

As part of our educational mission, Balanced Heart™ Healing Center also trains students.  Currently, we are working with students at Indiana University of PA, Carnegie Mellon University, and Chatham University, and we are open to working with students from other colleges and universities as well.  If you receive services from a student, they always will be supervised by a professional who is licensed or certified in that discipline.

Do you provide services for veterans?

Yes!  We are launching a program serving women veterans and military families.  We want to give women veterans visibility and a voice, and provide them with a place of their own to support each other.  Recognizing that southwestern Pennsylvania’s veterans, reservists, and National Guard face unique challenges because there is no active duty base in this area, we aim to rally the Pittsburgh community to fill in the gaps and support our service members as well as… or better than… if there were an active duty base in this area.  We are credentialed with Military One Source, and soon will be credentialed with Tri-Care. The Financial Planning Association of Pittsburgh has offered to provide financial planning services to women veterans in our program.

 I’m healthy, so what’s in it for me?

What’s in it for you is the opportunity to be supported in manifesting your dream for your life at an ever higher level.  As you give, so shall you receive.  As you achieve one dream, a new dream rises up to take its place.  Balanced Heart™ Healing Center is a place to grow and share your gifts with people who want to receive them, as you are supported by others who are manifesting their dreams too.  We are all teachers, and we are all learners, all givers and all receivers.  The question is what are you choosing to give, and what to receive.  When you are healthy, there is a balance between the giving and the receiving in your life.

How do you achieve balance between your mind, body, and spirit?

Balance is achieved by paying attention to how you feel and making adjustments inside yourself to create more peace, joy, and love within you.  Stress occurs because you are so attached to controlling external outcomes that you do not pay sufficient attention to what’s going on inside of you.  Let go of your desire to know any truth other than what’s in your own heart.  Stress, or the belief that whatever is happening shouldn’t be, is responsible for up to 80% of all visits to primary care physicians.  In this case, it’s paying attention to and taking charge of your thoughts and your body that creates FLOW in your spirit.  This is the anti-stress.

Who supports you?

We are grateful for our many supporters, for the ability to support ourselves doing work we love, and for the opportunity to share what it’s in our hearts to give!  We are supported by everyone who shares our vision of a world without suffering, lack, limitation, or need.  We are supported by a growing group of gifted healers who choose to share their gifts unconditionally in service to the common good.  We are supported by Pittsburgh area colleges and universities.  Increasingly, politicians and community leaders are supporting us in a variety of ways.  We are supported by business partners and donors who recognize that working together enables both of us to grow, and we hope that you will support them as well.  They are:

Elliott & Davis, PC
Rivers Healing Arts
Janet McKee, HHC
InErgy Acupuncture
Ki-Ri
MuseMe
Zola Design
Gina Mazza, Editor
Global Environmental Management
Indiana Univ. of PA
Chatham Univ.
Carlow Univ.
Heinz College – Carnegie Mellon University
City of Pittsburgh
Gluuteny Bakery
Modern Woodmen of America Life Insurance Company
Highmark
UPMC
Community Care
InterPlay
Giant Eagle
BNY Mellon
Financial Planning Association of Pittsburgh

 

©2008-2012, Balanced Heart™ Healing Center, Inc.