John Bottone is a NYS licensed mental health counselor with a private practice on Long Island and in New York City. He is certified in Gestalt psychotherapy and Internal Family Systems therapy. He attended his first Shalom Retreat™ in 1988 and has been leading Shalom Retreats™ for over 15 years. He is fascinated by the nature and evolution of consciousness and committed to the awakening process in his own life.