We had the good fortune of connecting with April Darley N.D. and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi April, can you tell us about a book that has had a meaningful impact on you?
Denise Duffield-Thomas is one of my favorite authors. Her book, Chillpreneur, was a game-changer for me. I work with a lot of Empaths and Highly Sensitive People (HSP’s) who are burnt out due to the “Hustle Culture” that’s so predominant in the business world. In Chillpreneur, Denise highlights doing business in a way that matches your personality which may be at a much slower pace. Basically, you can work smarter and not harder and still be successful without the pressure of the hustle culture. I firmly believe that doing business in a way that’s a match for your natural personality and disposition is one key to success. Her book helped me realize that I can stay true to my nature and still be a successful entrepreneur.
How does your business help the community or world?
In today’s society, stress and anxiety are becoming increasingly common. At first, it may start off small, but eventually stressors begin to impact your daily life. Eventually, stress and anxiety may become so severe, that it could be difficult to perform your daily tasks without feeling pressure, fear, and procrastination. I specialize in helping you uncover hidden sources of stress, pain, fear, and sabotages so that you can feel better, function better, and help others. I use a combination of coaching to shift your mindset along with specialized emotional release techniques to help you let go of trapped emotions that can trigger anxiety at any moment. When you release these hidden sources of anxiety and pain, your outlook becomes brighter, and you’re able to tackle life’s challenges in a calm and controlled manner.
What should our readers know about your business?
The year before I went to medical school, I herniated a disc in my lower back. This started a 3 year cycle of chronic pain. I tried both contemporary and alternative therapies to help me heal, but the affect was only temporary. In school, I learned that stress and emotions can get trapped in your body acting like an obstacle to cure. You can be doing amazing things to help yourself heal, but unless you remove the hidden obstacles (or stressors), you may still experience pain on some level. In my search for relief, I discovered a mind-body therapy called Neuro-Emotional Technique (N.E.T.). This therapy is designed to help you access unconscious/subconscious areas of the brain to help you determine the triggers (or memories) causing your stress. Once they’re identified, then a release technique is performed to realign the unconscious, subconscious, and conscious brains to help you feel better almost immediately. Within just a few sessions, my back pain was completely gone. I had been in chronic pain for so long that I had to learn how to function without pain again! Because this technique made such a huge difference in my life, I decided to specialize in mind-body therapies after graduation. I wanted to help others release deeply held anxiety, pain, fear, and sabotages so they can feel better, more confident, and enjoy happier relationships with their loved ones. While in practice, I began to notice that many of my clients were Empaths or Highly Sensitive People (HSP’s). They are more sensitive to the emotions of others, and their environment. As a result, they experience higher levels of anxiety than others. As an Empath myself, I began to notice changes in my mood when I began treating clients full-time for anxiety relief. I became negative, fatigued, and depressed. I was unconsciously absorbing the ailments of my clients. It was then that I learned the importance of grounding, cleansing, and protecting my own energy. I now teach my Empath/HSP clients how to better manage their own energy without absorbing negativity from others. Through a combination of coaching and emotional release work, I help my clients understand the true sources of their stress and anxiety. Then, I help you make mindset shifts to view situations differently, release stored stress, and feel like yourself again. Mental and emotional health is incredibly important, but often overlooked or underrated. I believe in helping others feel better using the most natural means possible. Emotional strength coaching is a powerful addition to your overall health and wellness regime. Once you feel better, a whole new world of possibilities opens up for you.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I love to take visitors for some wonderful Tex-Mex food at Mi Dia From Scratch. Then, wander downtown Grapevine and have a glass of wine at one of the local wineries. The Bishop Arts area has a great vibe for relaxing and shopping. You have to take visitors to Texas to a great BBQ place! I recommend Lockhardt BBQ also in the Bishop Arts area. For a coffee break or breakfast: Ascension Coffee in Dallas has some specialty treats that are delicious. In Grapevine/Colleyville, I love Buon Giorno Coffee for their amazing scones and tea selection. Nightlife/Dining: Dots in Deep Ellum is a great place to hang out and bring my dogs for a social treat. In Euless, I love the Lazy Dog for their food and craft selection. For live music, there’s the Free Man Cajun Cafe and Lounge. It’s a great place to hear local jazz and catch some swing dancing. The Winewood Grill in Grapevine has amazing food and atmosphere. Heading to the top of Reunion Tower for a bird’s eye view of the entire city is a spectacular way to end an evening. Outdoor activities: A walk or bike ride along the Trinity River is a relaxing way to unwind after a week of activity. The Dallas Botanical Gardens are incredible, and always a hit with visitors.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My journey in health and healing began at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine where I obtained my Doctorate in Natural Medicine. Through the training, support and encouragement of the faculty and my colleagues there, I’m able to bring a different healing approach to my community. It’s my greatest joy to help others feel safe and secure.
Personal photos: Luis Marrufo, Shannon Treen Marrufo at In-Focus Photography