Our conditioned mind can't fix our problems for us,
yet our pure heart can intuitively and wisely guide us.
HOW I GOT HERE
When I graduated from high school, I went on to achieve a PhD in Educational Psychology with a specialty in Counseling, and began a career as a school psychologist. As a part of that training, service, and my ongoing study, I learned and practiced a multitude of psychotherapy techniques including cognitive-behavioral therapy, behavioral management, social and communication skills, collaborative problem solving and mediation, art and play therapy techniques, photo-therapy techniques, Sandbox therapy, ROPES techniques, trauma/de-escalation techniques, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) psychotherapy technique, and movement therapies, to name a few.
In my early 40s following over two decades of formal study and practice in psychology, counseling, and educational psychology with a 12-year career as a school psychologist, I became disillusioned by the limitations of that field and retired in 2005. From there, I took a break to immerse myself in the study and practice of more ancient healing wisdom rooted in energy-based and nature-oriented traditions, including Native American, shamanic, yogic, Buddhist, Wiccan, Tibetan Bön Buddhism, and the Toltec Eagle Knight lineage. I also studied sound, energy, crystal, and Reiki healing methods, and became a certified life and spiritual coach, and kundalini yoga teacher. Today my work is seeped in wisdom from my formal study of psychology, counseling, educational psychology, and life coaching, plus specialties from these more intuitive, spiritual traditions.
It was a pattern of painful breakups and other losses in my life, plus a powerful near-death experience (NDE) in my mid-thirties, that inspired my journey into a more broad scope of healing technologies and teachings. With focused dedication and intention, I went after, learned, and discovered specific techniques to evolve out of the emotional pain and struggle I'd been living in. Now I share this wisdom to support women via Healing Support sessions, teaching, and writing.
Human Being devoted to serving life's thriving
Licensed Kundalini Yoga Teacher
Certified Life & Spiritual Coach
Shamanic & Energy Coach
Inductee, Toltec Eagle Knight Shamanic Lineage
Certified Hospice & 11th Hour Volunteer
Nationally Certified School Psychologist/Retired
PhD Educational Psychology | Counseling
BA Psychology | Counseling
A Snapshot About Me:
I love the natural world and enjoy being outside in and with nature. I take walks and hikes as time allows. I cherish sun and moon rises and sets. I take whatever crosses my path as a gift. I'm deeply rooted in spirituality with a shamanic world view. I believe all things in this reality are sacred and have their own pranic power and purpose. My heart weeps for the pain we humans generate, while I celebrate the grace we bring. I pray for the soul healing and spiritual evolution of humankind so that all of life may thrive on this amazing and mystical planet earth we share.
~ Dr. Z