Graduating from Columbia University School of Social Work in 1996, I was ready to take on the problems of the world and began my career doing home visits in the inner city, teaching parenting to folks who were at risk of losing their children because of child abuse. As a 24-year-old with no babies yet, I fumbled my way through and learned more about building relationships than anything else.
Helping the young women feel understood and that they mattered was transformative. I joined them where they were, was never shocked by their traumatic circumstances–which helped them not feel so separate–and coached them with practicality and light-heartedness.
After having my own babes, I settled into private practice. I connected with students and clients around the world during the ten years I spent studying, and then teaching narrative therapy in such countries as Norway, China, Mexico, Australia, Canada and the US for the Dulwich Centre. This gave me a unique perspective on the similarities and differences of problems in cultures around the globe.
Prompted by my own health crisis, I studied Ayurveda and mindfulness extensively and trained with Francois Raoult to become a certified yoga teacher in 2003.
Being a spiritual environmentalist, I turned to A Course In Miracles in 2007 and shamanism in 2006, to deepen my understanding of the self, relationships, and the world to learn new ways of service. I studied with Patti Fields, John Perkins, Llyn Roberts, Cecile Carson, Marcie Seidel, Lewis Mahl Madrona, and Paula Denham to develop skills in spiritual direction and hands on energy healing.
Completing an apprenticeship in 2011 with John and Llyn, I learned the healing with the elements of the Quechua Shaman in Ecuador and received a certification as a Master Healer and Shapeshifter, accrediting my to lead clients in shamanic journeys.
Being so in love with plants and their role in healing, in 2013, I followed my dream by being initiated as an herbalist apprentice with Susun Weed.
Along with my hubby, three kids, and 11 chickens, I live in Rochester where we built an environmentally friendly sacred space, and spend loads of time in my multiplying herb garden.
In 2014, I added a healing center bungalow to show my clients and students how to heal closer to the earth. It’s just a walk down my driveway to consult clients, teach classes, and hold individual and group retreats.
My first book is Understanding Pain, Anger and Fear: Michael White’s Absent But Implicit. Several of my articles are published in The International Journal of Narrative Therapy and Community Work, one in The Willow Review, and in the anthology: Inspiring Hope: One Story At A Time, compiled by Gary Doi. My newest book is You 1 Anxiety 0: Win your freedom back from fear and panic to keep calm in a crazy world. Check out my radio show on Bold Radio Station starting Sept 4. Tuesdays 7PM Eastern!
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