Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, University of Washington, 1995 with Honors
Master’s Degree in Social Work, University of Utah, 2002 with Phi Kappa Phi Honors
Emotionally Focused Therapy
Non-dual awareness and Mindfulness practices
Judith Blackstone Trained Embodiment Teacher
Once upon a time, I believed that my mind was in charge of my experience. I believed that if I just worked hard enough, I could get through anything. If things weren’t turning out the way I wanted, it must be time to try harder! I did not understand that the harder I worked to get my external world to satisfy me the farther I moved away from my connection with myself. As I continued to accomplish goals I continued to experience physical pain as well as a lack of joy and connection with my self and those around me.
It wasn’t until I signed up for a yearlong training in trauma (while simultaneously going through a heartbreaking divorce) that I began to understand what trauma is. I did not understand that trauma is something that effects all of us and is not necessarily a life threatening event. I learned that trauma can be many things and some examples are a relationship break up, betrayal, death of a child, adoption, complicated birth of a child or being fired from a job. Once I understood this along with how it effects the wiring of the brain, the level of arousal of the nervous system, the pain body and emotion, it was a tremendous relief to learn that I could positively impact the negative side effects it causes.
In my work, I use the same tools and techniques that I use personally to help my family and myself. As a result of my personal trauma and learning how to manage it, I’m driven to model that connection with self (the mind-body connection) is of uptmost importance and will lead to survival, success, integrity, joy and health.
I am honored to have such breathtaking, heart moving work.