I've learned that our greatest wounds are often the foundation of our greatest gifts. In my own life, I have had many challenges and profound healing.
I strongly believe that all people are born with the capacity to grow, heal, and change. Unfortunately, during life’s ongoing struggles, we sometimes forget how to do this. Using a variety of therapeutic modalities, I can help you access those resources and teach you how to use them by yourself when you face challenges in the future.
My philosophy has always been that “just talking” doesn’t get you very far in a therapeutic situation. This is why I have specialized in techniques that include body sensations, Self-states, mindfulness, and experiencing the healing power of nature. I find that these techniques allow my clients to leave behind old patterns and to engage in a new way of seeing and experiencing the world around them and inside of them. There is no end to the stories of wonderful experiences and insights clients have gained using these methods.
I have come to this work through a long journey that started with a degree in Social Work 30 years ago, took some twist and turns on the way, but always focused on helping humans and nature reach their highest potential.
Now, as an eco-therapist, I bring the natural world to individual psychological healing and growth. The healing potential of nature is limitless, and awakens our deepest indigenous wisdom.
Working in and with nature provides a wonderful foundation for the other modalities I am using. Since my interest is always in helping people transition from a state of imbalance, struggle and suffering to a place of greater freedom, contentment, self-awareness, and empowerment, I completed a three-year training in Somatic Experiencing®, a body-awareness approach to trauma healing, as well as the advanced training in the Internal Family Systems model which offers a clear, non-pathologizing, and empowering method of understanding human problems. ln addition, I offer self-care consulting, nature meditations, and bio-feedback.
“Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It's a relationship between equals.
Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others.
Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.”
~ Pema Chodron