Through it all, it becomes clear that our pain is not something we can simply force away or get rid of. It's what we can listen to as the first layer of wisdom. It's a great place to begin in understanding what is out of balance. The more we pay attention and listen, the more we will learn together.
Now, the time is here to take what I have learned from working with individuals in the office and go out into the wider world, into new communities and settings.
Some things you might encounter with me:
A Foundation of Listening
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
Shifting Critical Self-Talk with Cognitive Behavioral and Narrative Techniques
Drawing and Image making
Music and Rhythm
Writing from the Inner Voice
As Joanna Macy says, "when people tell the truth about their pain, something beautiful happens."
When it's a challenge to hear or follow your own truth, together, we can listen deeply, try new things, use your voice, develop your passion for living, and find out your unique gifts. Once we begin to feel like ourselves again, we often want to come into deeper relationship with people in our lives, our community, and the earth. And that's when interesting things start to happen as we reconnect to life.
My training includes a B.S. in Psychology from the Honors Program at the College of Charleston, and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, CA. My internship hours were completed at the West Los Angeles Veterans Administration and post-doc training at Counseling and Psych Services at Humboldt State University. I am a licensed psychologist in the state of California.
I grew up in rural upstate South Carolina in a long line of teachers, healers, farmers, soldiers, and community leaders....nine generations of ancestors that go back to the Revolution. Those strong roots in nature and family helped me grow into college, grad school, a 16-year psychotherapy practice in Humboldt CA, and new adventures on the road.
In 2009-2010, I participated in Shamanic Practitioner Training and Initiation with Michal Mugrage (teacher of Core Shamanism) in Humboldt Co.
At a recent turning point, I interned at Gingerhill Farm Retreat in Kealakekua, HI in 2019 to learn syntropic farming and communal living on the Big Island. During the time in Hawaii, I also began playing music with Ken Waldman, and we developed a plan to travel and play together.
My own path of healing is greatly supported by meditation, time in nature, time in ritual, and music, or drumming circles where I join with friends and community. I continue to learn about what makes healing possible. And what makes us Human!
Bless all that we are:
May the nourishment of the earth be yours,
may the clarity of light be yours,
may the fluency of the ocean be yours,
may the protection of the ancestors be yours.
And so may a slow
wind work these words
of love around you,
an invisible cloak
to mind your life.”