Being a therapist and learning how to serve you better...
Since graduating from Columbia University in Social Work in 1996, I have
- designed COMPASS, a high school social-emotional learning curriculum
- worked with young parents facing adversity, systemic racism, poverty, abuse, and loss
- fostered three awesome kiddos who are now incredible adults
- served thousands of kids, teens, adults, families, and couples in private practice from 14 countries
- facilitated workshops, retreats, and groups for eating disorders, war experience, narcissistic abuse recovery, sexual abuse recovery, anxiety, highly sensitive people, and step-parents
- taught Narrative Therapy in Norway, China, Mexico, Australia, Canada, and the US for the Dulwich Centre
- created 16 online self-help programs and close to a thousand free videos
- wrote five books
- recorded 100s of guided meditations
- cared for aging relatives
- raised three kids
- maintained a 26-year superconscious partnership
From all of this, I honed a unique perspective on the similarities and differences of problems in individuals, families, and cultures around the globe.
In 2023, I graduated with my Doctor of Social Work from Simmons University, focusing on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Intersectionality, Power, and Antiracism. With this degree, I hope to guide the next generation of therapists and coaches in addressing the unique needs of the people seeking their help. My thesis project focuses on helping Generation Z understand themselves, improve their mental and physical wellness, and read the world.
COMPASS, which stands for Connected, Open, Motivated, Powerful, Active, and Self-Sustaining, is a mental health curriculum for high school health classes. It is currently available!
I have a holistic approach to healing trauma. In addition to Narrative Therapy (which is holistic itself), I've studied and integrated Brainspotting, Energy Psychology, Somatic Psychology, and Polyvagal Theory.
This mission to serve clients at the highest level also led me to study intuition for 20 years with Reverend Marcie Seidel, mindfulness and Ayurveda with Sonam Targee, Tantra with Hema Alicia, and Iyengar Yoga Teacher Training with Francois Raoult.
I completed a "Healer and Shapeshifter Certification" in 2009 - 2012 with John Perkins and Llyn Roberts. Here, I acquired meditation and elemental healing techniques passed to them with permission to share from Quechua in Ecuador.
Because I am so in love with plants and their role in nourishing our bodies, minds, and souls, I have apprenticed with herbalist Susun Weed, incorporating these ancient understandings into healing and provisioning my family and clients.
In 2021, I completed certification as an Omega Mentor by combining decades of spiritual practice with five years of mentorship from mystic Zoë Christina Solaris. This gnostic body of work, called the Omega Codex, combines Western and sidereal astrology, Vedic principles, and communion with Mother Nature through an emergent zodiac.
As you can see, I am committed to lifelong learning!
With my love, an empty nest, and one Winston 🐶, I live on the unceded territory of the Haudenosaunee people, where we built an environmentally-friendly sacred space. Here, I practice what I preach by holding daily ceremony, decolonizing my self-care, nurturing my community, and creating altars, rooms, landscapes, and events that resonate with the Beloved Paradigm.
Empathic. For realsies.
Nobody knows exactly how you interpret your feelings, BUT I understand being in pain. That is one thing clients tell me over and over that I "get it." And, when you're not used to that, it feels amazing. Heard. That's what you would feel when we worked together:
Understood. Seen. Accepted.
Only then can you be liberated from the gunk that holds you back from full-frontal happiness. You'll be free to feel loved, connected, and supported on this earth and beyond. Emancipated from a mind full of doubt to self-realize into your higher divine purpose and soar.
And know that despite everything, you belong.