About Me – About My Work

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

Additional Training
Emotionally Focused Therapy
Non-dual awareness and Mindfulness practices
Trauma Resolution
Lifespan Integration
The Enneagram
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.