Emerging Companies: Upstream

March 01, 2013
There is no question stress is a major factor in the professional world. With that in mind, Dr. Hilda White and Jemme B. Stewart have opened Upstream in Columbia to address the problem.

Upstream teaches Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) to students of all ability levels.

White is a medical doctor, psychiatrist and Board Certified Psychoanalyst. Stewart is a  Licensed Professional Counselor, registered Yoga teacher and Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist.

In the last year, the two began conducting classes for Upstream.  It is described as a center for mindfulness practice and holistic mental health. White and Stewart are longtime mental health professionals. They are well-known in the Midlands psychiatric and therapy communities.

White is discontinuing her private practice to devote all of her  professional efforts toward Upstream. Stewart will continue counseling clients with her existing practice, Carolina Psychotherapy Center. She will teach meditation at City Yoga, too.

The two said they are excited to offer the mindfulness class series in the Columbia  market. The techniques are taught through an eight-week series of classes series.

Stewart describes the studio setting as tranquil. The two-hour courses are held on Wednesdays in the spring. Summer and fall classes series will also be offered.

White and Stewart modeled their instruction on the teaching program that was founded by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn in 1979. He was at the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. It is an approach toward health that uses a series of meditation and yoga practices to reduce stress and anxiety. The techniques address physical health issues including chronic pain, tension, and fatigue.

The Upstream class series is $400. Each workshop series will accommodate 16 students.

Upstream:  A center for mindfulness practice and holistic mental health
Dr. Hilda White and  Jemme B. Stewart
2123 College Street 
Columbia, S.C. 29205
Phone  803-250-6764

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