Our head never knows where our journey will lead us,
yet the deep wisdom of our heart does.
HOW I GOT HERE
When I graduated high school, I went on to achieve a PhD in Educational Psychology and began a career as a school psychologist. As a part of that work and my ongoing study, I learned and practiced a multitude of psychotherapy techniques with the staff and students I mentored, 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, 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 and nature-based traditions such as 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. Today my work is seeped in wisdom from my formal study of modern psychology, counseling, and educational psychology, plus specialties from these more ancient, intuitive, nature-based 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 teaching. 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 hard-earned wisdom with with my coaching clients and in my teaching and writing.
A Snapshot About Me:
I love the natural world and enjoy being outside in and with nature. I take hikes whenever time allows. I cherish sun and moon rises and sets. I take whatever crosses my path as a gift. I'm deeply spiritual with a shamanic world view. I believe all things in this reality are sacred and have their own pranic power and purpose. I believe "life" is meant to be loved, cherished, nurtured, and uplifted. 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 sacred planet earth we share.