Larissa Sheldon

B.A. Sarah Lawrence College

M.Ac. Academy for Five Element Acupuncture

L.Ac. New York State

Diplomate of Acupuncture NCCAOM


Larissa Sheldon is covering Emma's practice during Feb-May 2020. Larissa came to acupuncture when seeking help through a time of personal crisis: suffering depression, anxiety, hormonal imbalance, physical pain, and coping with grief and loss.  Acupuncture addressed the pain they were feeling on every level, helping them to keep going with a greater sense of wholeness, resiliency, and purpose than they had ever felt before. Following their curiosity, pursuing years of study, and seeking the best way they could be of service, Larissa is thrilled to offer acupuncture to others.


Larissa achieved their Masters in Acupuncture, Bachelor’s of Health Science, and a Diploma in Herbal Studies from the Academy of Five Element Acupuncture.   Their background includes a variety of studies and practices that inform their current practice, including: earning their B.A. at Sarah Lawrence College in dance and social justice; cooking for health via professional chef training at the Natural Gourmet Institute; ongoing qi gong and meditation practice, and working as a birth doula.


Philosophy of Practice

Larissa creates a warm, receptive environment to engender healing and transformation in harmony with the cycles and wisdom of nature.  Larissa conceptualizes “wellness" as awakening our innate ability to heal ourselves. Healing is a continual and dynamic process for which we need each other. Larissa sees each individual as a vibrant, essential microcosm of the universe and healing as an essential practice in the process of liberation. 


By recognizing the inextricable interdependence of our physical, mental, emotional, social, ecological, and spiritual realities, Larissa helps to manage pain and engender possibility by treating the whole. Learning to accept and understand ourselves as we are enables us to live with presence, integrity, and agency in the face of our suffering. Larissa seeks to create spaces within ourselves and our communities for embracing our pain and building resiliency through embodiment, compassion, reflection and intentional transformation.

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