My soul-centered holistic practice is informed by Western Psychology, as well as the ancient contemplative practices of the East. Eastern practices emphasize a radical meeting of our actual experience, often ending the inner war we have with each unfolding moment.
As we practice opening to and fully meeting each moment as it is, we begin to develop more self-compassion, clarity of mind, and acceptance - and a greater capacity to handle with loving kindness and tenderness, the challenges of our ever-changing lives.
I attended John F. Kennedy University’s Graduate School for Holistic Counseling, a school known for its remarkable alternative holistic curriculum and training. I graduated in 2001 from a program grounded in Transpersonal and Somatic therapies, along with the more traditional training needed for state licensing.
I have been extensively trained in Mindfulness-Based and Somatic Therapies, Mindfulness Meditation, Focusing, Core Belief and Inner Child Work, Breathwork, Dreamwork, Authentic Movement, Radical Forgiveness, Shamanic Work, The Spiritual Enneagram and Hypnotherapy. I also have a depth of experience and respect for 12-step recovery work.
My own personal guidance, inner transformation and professional exploration, also led me to be of service as an Interfaith Minister, Hospice Bereavement Chaplain, Suicide Hotline Counselor, Postpartum Birth Doula, Play Therapist and Creative Parenting Coach, Radical Forgiveness Workshop Leader, Spiritual Midwife to the Dying and their families, and a leader of “Sacred Grief” groups.
My thirty-seven year spiritual practice of mindfulness and vipassana meditation, prayer, and embodied soul inquiry, deeply inform my work. I am a Diamond Approach student of the Ridhwan School, and connected to Spirit Rock Buddhist Meditation Center since 1990. I’ve been deeply blessed as well, to be a devoted student of Eckhart Tolle and Adyashanti’s non-dual teachings and practices.
Frances Weller, and the late Stephen Levine and his wife Ondrea, were, and still are, my grief teachers and guides. In the early 80’s, Stephen, and Jack Kornfield, were my first spiritual teachers. With their help, my heart broke open and revealed its tender gifts for the first time. I was never the same.