Mara Benner

Mind-Body-Spiritual Director

Certified Energy Medicine Practitioner
Certified Intuitive Counselor
Interfaith/Interspiritual Minister
Integrative Reflexologist
Reiki Master
Certified Qigong Training
Certified Crystal Healer
Certified Shamanic Healer

Mara Benner’s Four Directions Wellness blog.

Mara Benner has spent over 30 years in the healthcare and aging field. She is now focused on mind-body-spirit connections through ancient non-pharmacological approaches such as Reiki, meditation, chakra healing, intuitive readings, reflexology and more! Mara works with individuals who are seeking stress management, are seeking to alleviate depression or anxiety and those impacted with a chronic or life-limiting illness, including cancer.

Mara began her career majoring in gerontology and working at various times in hospitals, nursing homes, home health, hospice and elder protective services. She has worked at the Federal and state level on healthcare and aging policy. One of the most important perspectives Mara has gained is as a family caregiver and seeing firsthand our healthcare system from the eyes of a patient. These combined experiences have provided a more complete picture of our need for integrative and “whole person” healthcare. Mara has also undergone extensive training throughout her lifetime in mindfulness, health modalities and spiritual exploration. Mara’s certifications have been listed above and Mara is currently in training for medical intuition.

Through all of her experiences, she recognizes that whether for preventative care, acute disease, chronic disease or simply to take a closer look at our inner selves, the body-mind- emotion-spirit connect is a critical journey for each person’s health and vitality. Mara is so pleased to be affiliated with the GW Center for Integrative Medicine and with the leadership of Dr. Kogan and the amazing staff. She is on-site at GWCIM on most Wednesdays and is referred clients to her office at Four Directions Wellness in Alexandria, Virginia. Please feel free to contact Mara at

Intro Video from Mara