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Welcome to
The Happy Guide
A Mind and Body Practice for Healthy Living

A Place for Healing and Wellness through Therapy, Coaching and Physical Improvement. 


Our vision is to  inspire healthy living and to teach a lifestyle for the attainment of joy, health, and longevity.

We serve as a beacon of light in the world of self-transformation through  therapy, coaching, mindfulness, meditation and Pilates. 

The Happy Guide is a private practice in New York City that serves individuals who want to overcome health problems by focusing on prevention and embracing a healthy life style.

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The happy guide  idea was born to guide clients on various paths of theirs lives from recovery to healing through therapy, from finding clarity and fulfillment through coaching, using Pilates to  gain flexibility and maintain a healthy body, and mindfulness to be  fully present and grounded.

The Happy Guide is a wellness hub - a safe space for expression, creativity, inspiration and empowerment. 

Through my mind and  body practice I want to elevate my clients to live healthier lives  without shame, guilt or fear and to be happy.

I offer 101 sessions and different classes and workshops in the community.


I collaborate with doctors, therapists, nutritionists, Pilates and yoga instructors and trainers. 

If you share the same interest and you would like to partner with us please send a note.

Looking forward to hearing from you!  

We Believe That...

The quality of life is found in meaning.  

Everybody deserves to be happy and to live life with passion and intention. 

To lead an authentic life, any setbacks and failures need to be integrated in your life narrative.  

Challenges that you face can make you stronger. 

Emotions are the fuel of life. The quality of your life depends on the quality of your emotions.

Life is constant change and one must adapt--One must grow continuously. 

Responsibility, forgiveness and reparation are essential to maintaining peace within family, friends and community. 


Lavinia Barbu is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with a Masters Degree and a Coaching Diploma from New York University. 

Additionally, Lavinia is a Certified Pilates Instructor and a practitioner of many sports, incorporating therapy with life coaching and Pilates inspired exercises to instill both a healthy mind and a healthy body.  
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Prior to private practice, Lavinia had worked with children, adolescents and adults in individual therapy in the Post Graduate Center for Mental Health in New York and the Behavioral Center for Cognitive Behavior Therapy in New Jersey. 

Lavinia believes in the individual’s ability to recover from mental and environmental adversities and specializes in trauma recovery, integrating mind and body techniques that allow survivors to make meaning of their experiences and to move forward, from a state of survival to a state of fulfillment.

Lavinia is an advocate for physical activity as an important and essential part of mental and psychological well-being. Therefore, her approach integrates walk and talk therapy, cognitive behavior strategies, Pilates exercises and mindfulness techniques. This combination of therapeutic expertise, life skills, and Pilates exercises, enables her to help clients understand their lives from a mind and body perspective. 

Lavinia has successfully worked with clients from many walks of lives who struggled with depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, self-esteem, co-dependency, new mothers and stress management. 

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Contact me to learn more about how we might work together to help you reach your goals. 

The Happy Guide

(347) 696-1058