Providing support and assistance to individuals and groups for over twenty years.
My personal life has followed an inclusive spiritual path since adolescence, and I embrace all paths that engender growth, responsibility, and joy. My father was a psychiatrist, and I therefore determined at a young age not to be a psychotherapist. Instead, what I discovered as I journeyed through a host of religions, philosophies and complementary practices was that there was at least a bit of truth in each serving to enliven and heal.
However, circumstances in my life pulled me back in a more clinical direction in my mid-thirties, after being an arts administrator for several years. After peer counseling victims of domestic violence and creating a hotline for gay, lesbian, and transgender people in Durango, I led a successful fight in our tri-county area to defeat Amendment 2. It was my honor to witness the positive changes people could make in their lives with the support and encouragement of others, and became excited about the question, how do people heal?
Moving to Austin, Texas, I eventually entered a masters program in social work after I first became a massage therapist. Why did I do that? Initially for the most practical of reasons–not to go into debt while in school! I discovered, though, that I had the ability to intuit where my clients held stress in their bodies, and fell so in love with what the body could provide in both information and alleviation of distress, that I continued my practice with the intention of combining the two.
First Reiki, then Craniosacral therapy, and finally Somatic Experiencing, all now contribute to the bodywork I provide, not only with emotional distress, but physical distress due to chronic illness, accident, violence, medical trauma and wartime injury.
Most recently, I’m moving into a new passion: coaching! For a while now, people have been coming to me to resolve specific issues, requiring only short-term work. They’ve found my approach, which includes how the body holds onto old patterns and beliefs, a valuable component in breaking through to a more vital and effective life.
While I cannot yet say I know all the ways that people heal, I do know that this work has allowed hundreds of my clients to find relief and purpose.