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Alumni Spotlight: Flora White-Cooper Merges Western Psychology & Eastern Healing Practices

Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Flora White Cooper
 
While working as a Corrections Officer for Santa Clara County in the 1990s, Dr. White-Cooper found her true calling as a clinical psychologist. "As I worked with difficult patients and was able to develop a connection, I discovered I had a passion and proclivity for healing others."  To learn about the field of psychology and career options, she completed both masters and doctoral degrees in psychology at Palo Alto University.  
 
"PAU not only prepared me well for serving others as a psychologist, its excellent reputation and accredited status opened many doors for me," Dr. White-Cooper explained. "I am grateful for the mentorship of Dr. Wisniewski, and Dr. James Moses, from whom I learned many work and life lessons such as “making sure that psychological and neuropsychological measurements accurately assess the patient because they will have a lasting influence in their treatment plans." 
 
Stints as a clinical psychologist in a state hospital followed her graduation from PAU, but it was the birth of her first child that led her to start her own practice and explore Western and Eastern healing practices. "It was a bit of a leap of faith, but I was committed, and I trusted the process," she explained. 
 
In 2011, Dr. White-Cooper founded Immaculate Wellness, Healing and Research in Southern California, to focus on emotional 'dis-ease,' mental health issues, and spiritual disconnects, and to promote body/mind/spirit harmony and a healthy lifestyle. In addition to seeing patients in her office, Dr. White-Cooper leads one-mile-long guided walks in nature. "The negative ions found in nature are healing. Individuals finish these walks with more clarity."
 
Dr. White-Cooper also trained as an African priestess and, having a gift for intuition, she connects with her patients' spiritual natures. "I serve as a conduit between nature—the ultimate healer— and my patients," she recently explained. "Traditional African Priestesses can gather intuitive information that will help others and focus on spiritual healing associated with an individual's issue. Spiritual healing is an important part of a person overcoming pain and suffering." It is this combination of Dr. White-Cooper's psychological and spiritual training that allows her to take a holistic approach to help her clients.
 
Asked what advice she would offer students today, Dr. White-Cooper says: "Figure out what you want, be intentional and stay focused on your micro-goals. In addition to schoolwork, get social support outside the classroom. This formula will take you on the path to self-discovery and rewarding career in helping others."  
 
 
 
 
 
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