Our Why


Together we have many years of experience, wisdom and knowledge to bring to the teenage community tools to help them thrive.  We see the importance and feel strongly about showing up, listening, and supporting our community during the most difficult and vulnerable time in their lives. We believe if we teach them the tools today they can use them to find clarity, peace, and happiness for a lifetime.


Elizabeth A. Sanchez

Holistic Life Coach, Reiki Master/Teacher 

Elizabeth's passion has always been in holistic health and wellness. She completely geeks out on everything she can learn to naturally and holistically support and heal the body, mind, and soul.  At a very young age, she learned that she was an empath, taking on the feelings and emotions of those who surrounded her. For years she had no idea what she was feeling or what to do with it the flooding amount of emotions and feelings she experienced. Often times she was accused of being overly sensitive. For the last 30 years, Elizabeth has been in pursuit of learning and sharing a vast variety of holistic tools and modalities.  She chose to turn toward her "sensitivity" to find solutions to help individuals to cope with daily life's stress, and traumas to heal on a much deeper level.  

She's a mom of (2) boys. Jake (16) who she and her husband Mike adopted from Russia when he was 2 years old and Chase (7) who surprised them when they thought it was impossible for them to conceive. Needless to say, life is busy, filled with twists and turns always keeping the family on our toes especially when we add the crazy Olde English Bulldogge into the mix. Elizabeth continues to practice what she teaches; find your calm, tune into your heart and live your desired life by taking action that aligns with your goals and dreams.

As one of the founders of Mental Health Alternatives, Elizabeth feels strongly about focusing on our youth especially the teenage population and their mental health and wellness.  She feels a responsibility to offer and teach them to use the tools to help them not just get through life but "thrive" throughout life. She's excited to be a part of the Mental Health Alternatives project and looks forward to seeing the many lives enhanced with the solutions, tools, and collaborations the program brings to our future leaders of the world.  

Amy Casas

Mindfulness Coach 

Amy is originally from Newark, DE, and has made Southern DE her home for the past 15 years with her husband and 2 teens.

She has a background in early childhood education from the University of Delaware and spent almost 10 years teaching preschool before she began exploring the world of mindfulness.

Amy is trained through Mindful Schools and has been teaching mindfulness to students in Sussex, County, DE for the past 5 years.

Amy is an advocate for mental health and mindfulness has given her the tools to navigate her own journey with anxiety and depression.

She is also the owner of Urban Float, a floatation therapy center based in Rehoboth Beach, DE. Floating in a solution of 1,000 pounds of Epsom salt and skin temperature water allows us to find a sense of relaxation in a sensory-restricted environment.

The lack of sensory input, along with the healing properties of Epsom salt, allows the body to reach a certain amount of relaxation which causes positive mental and physical results.

Reduced muscle tension, decreased blood pressure, and fewer stress hormones are just a few of the benefits that the mind and body can find from floating.

Amy looks forward to serving the Mental Health Alternatives teen community by sharing tools on Mindfulness and leading group programs by collaborating with alternative practitioners.

Diane Winiarczyk

Functional Health Coach 

Diane holds certifications in Nutrition, Functional Health Coaching, and Plant-Based Cooking and completed a coaching program focusing on intuitive eating and body respect.  She is the owner of Be Well with Diana Lee. 

Diane started her career as a Certified Public Accountant where she worked in a Wilmington firm focusing on Nonprofit Organizations.  After 11 years in public accounting, she decided to continue her financial work as a Chief Financial Officer of a boarding school in Middletown.  Here she learned the importance of mental health and a supportive adult community for teenagers.  She decided to follow her passions for health and mentorship, so after 13 years she retired from the school and moved to Rehoboth Beach. 

She currently works with individuals who are ready to live a healthier life and are open to change but need some guidance and support to get there.  She believes that a healthy life should come from a place of love and kindness.  

She looks forward to sharing her nonprofit financial management background with the Mental Health Alternatives as well as supporting the teen community with holistic and functional ways to heal emotionally and physically through making healthy lifestyle choices.

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