Health Questions & FAQs

Basic health questions, frequently asked, are answered on this page. They provide general and preparatory info related to holistic counseling, Healing Touch, Energy Psychology and other services at Handcrafted Health.

I have a specific physical, mental or emotional health challenge. Can you help?

Contact Lucrezia Mangione and we can discuss the specifics of your situation and address your health questions. Please note that there are specific conditions and services that I am unable to offer. Kindly read about them here before contacting us.

Are you in crisis? Are you in of need help? If so, do not access or use this website or any materials on it. Instead directly and immediately contact 911 or go to nearest emergency room.

Here are more numbers in the State of Maryland to help you:

  • 211: Maryland Crisis Intervention Hotline or www.211md.org
  • 240-777-4000: Crisis Center hotline in Montgomery County, Maryland
  • 800-422-0009: Maryland state wide Crisis Center Hotline
  • 301-273-8255: Maryland Suicide Hotline
  • 301-840-2500: Maryland Drug and Alcohol Hotline


How long is a session?

An initial intake and assessment session is 1.5 hours. All sessions thereafter are 1 hour.

What do I wear?

Anything you wear is fine.  Keep in mind that comfort is key so, be comfortable please. When receiving biofield therapy, shoes are taken off for the duration of the session, eye wear and most belts are also suggested to be off.

What can I expect when I come for a session?

With each session, you can expect a safe place where you can explore what you wish. Sessions are different and unique based on your needs.  During the initial intake and assessment session, time is spent gathering information from you and identifying what you want help with.  Gathering this information continues for several sessions thereafter.  At the beginning of follow up sessions, time is spent checking in and receiving updates about your experiences and progress.

For holistic counseling, psychotherapy and energy psychology: Sessions are typically done sitting down in comfortable chairs. Sometimes movement is encouraged to facilitate processing and expression. At the completion of a session, recommendations may be given, referrals are made as appropriate and further options are discussed to support your process.

For biofield therapy: After the initial intake or check-in is complete, you choose to either move to the massage table or remain in the chair and the treatment begins. At the completion, if you like, we talk. You may share and ask any questions. I make referrals as appropriate and discuss further options to support your process.

How do Healing Touch & Energy Psychology work?

All living systems have energy. This energy continually emanates from all life and is in constant interplay with its surroundings. Every human being, animal, plant and living organism is in continuous dialogue because of this fluid and vast sea of energy that we are all made of and that we all live in.

Modern physics and, specifically, emerging studies in the field of quantum physics supports subtle energies and biofield therapy. Detailed information on studies can be found at the Institute for Noetic Sciences (IONS), The International Society for the Study of Subtle Energies and Energy Medicine (ISSSEEM), Healing Beyond Borders (HBB) also known as Healing Touch International (HTI) and the Association of Comprehensive Energy Psychology (ACEP).

Do I need to do anything before, during or after a session?

In preparation for your session allow yourself to be with whatever arises whether you are coming for holistic counseling or for a stand-alone biofield therapy session.  It is typical that once you decide to come and schedule your appointment deeper feelings, thoughts and concerns surrounding your presenting situation(s) arise.  Be as present as you can with it prior to coming.

Additionally, ponder what your intention is. An intention is consciously setting a focus point for your continued path towards greater health and well-being. What is your desire for your health? What is it you want?  When you know that answer and it feels right then set that as your focus – setting your intention.

After any session is complete have time to integrate.  Journaling, drawing, and recording your thoughts are good ways to continue to assimilate your experience. Individualized recommendations may be given for you to do at home.

Coming for holistic psychotherapy and counseling?  Your time here offers you a safe place to explore your feelings, thoughts and experiences that can help you grow into a conscious understanding of your present circumstances, gain insight to resolve challenges while your work towards your desired goals.

Your job is to simply be willing to explore.  Your pain, confusion, and heartache are an opportunity to transform you.  Once here, your story, your history, both known and unknown, and your expectations are explored. Being a willing partner brings about your self-discovery and change.

My job is as a therapeutic partner; exploring your inner and outer dialogue, observing any patterns and helping you to translate, understand, integrate and apply what you are learning about yourself to create the change you desire.  This, in turn, can enrich your daily life and living.  It is a process.

Coming for Healing Touch or Biofield therapy?  During your session, your job is to rest, relax and receive – the 3 R’s.  You don’t have to do anything at all.  You may have your eyes opened or closed.  You may stay awake or fall asleep but your job is to simply be.  Allowing yourself to move into greater states of resting,  relaxing and letting yourself go into deeper places of receiving healing and returning to balance.

Biofield therapy is continually interactive.  At times you may need to express yourself and I may need to engage with you.  These are typically times when dialogue occurs.

Immediately after the session is complete you will have time to integrate.  Journaling, drawing, and recording your thoughts are good ways to continue to assimilate your experience. Individualized recommendations are given for you to do at home.

Do I need a referral from a doctor?

A doctor’s referral is not needed. That said, it is always a good idea to let all the members of your healthcare team, including your doctor, know what work you are receiving to improve your health and well being. You may wish to give permission to myself and others on your team to speak and collaborate together in helping you.

Will insurance cover treatments?

Counseling is reimbursable depending on your insurance policy.  I’m an out-of-network provider and not paneled with any insurance company.  If you have out-of-network benefits you can submit your statement for potential reimbursement. You will need to check with your insurance plan to see if mental health services are covered.  I will provide a Superbill that you can use to submit.  Read more about insurance here.

What are your fees and payment options?

Fees: Please contact me for my fees. Initial intake and assessments sessions, lasting for 1.5 hours are a different rate then the follow-up sessions, lasting 60 minutes. Additionally, personal In-Home, In-Hospital, or In-Office sessions are available with additional time billed for travel and set-up.

Are you an organization looking for a speaker? Interested in integrating Healing Touch at the bedside or counseling chair?  Contact us for our fees.

Payment Options:  Payment is due at the time of service. For workshop registrations payment is in done in advance. Cash, US postal money order, PayPal, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and debit cards are accepted.

Office and mailing address is Handcrafted Health c/o The Spectrum Center for Natural Medicine, 8555 16th Street, Suite 402, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

Gift Certificates

Give the gift of health – certificates are available for:

  • an initial 1.5 session or a follow-up session (good for all sessions) OR
  • in $50.00 increments

Send an email requesting a gift certificate. For questions and to schedule an appointment just call.

Office address

  • Lucrezia Mangione
  • Handcrafted Health
  • c/o Spectrum Center for Natural Medicine
  • 8555 16th Street Suite 402
  • Silver Spring, MD  20910

Didn't find what the health questions you had?

Are there more health questions related to services at Handcrafted Health?  Let us know. We're happy to answer them. Email us with your question(s).

We realize that there are many types of health questions.  The purpose of the page is to provide quick answers to frequently asked health questions related to the services offered here at Handcrafted Health.

Specific health questions concerning medical conditions should be brought to your medical doctor.

Specific health questions concerning mental health are not addressed on this site because this site is meant for informational purposes only. Mental health questions should be brought directly to a licensed mental health professional like a licensed counselor, psychotherapist or psychiatrist by contacting them directly for a private discussion.

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