Hello and welcome!
"It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a sick society." -Jiddu Krishnamurti
Life is hard. It is also beautiful and rich with complexity.
At times, we can find ourselves stuck and overwhelmed, confused and fearful, angry and in grief. It is human to struggle, and we all need support in navigating life's challenges and healing our wounds.
Many of our struggles are symptoms of living in a stressful, fast-paced world. We are also impacted by generations of cultural and familial conditioning. Therapy is an opportunity to slow down and tune in.
My intention is to offer a soft place to land in a crazy world.
I work with people who are interested in being more gentle with themselves and who long to unearth the trans-generational, cultural, and historical trauma that operate unconsciously looking for resolution. Some have survived trauma, loss and addiction. Others are attempting to quiet guilt, anxiety and insecurity. While others are exploring questions of sexual orientation, gender and relationship.
You are encouraged to take what works and leave what doesn't.
I am deeply honored when people open up to me and share their struggles and I am committed to supporting people in becoming more fully human.
I am a counselor, Yoga Therapist, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner and Adjunct Faculty at Maryland University of Integrative Health. I offer an integrated approach with the intention of helping you expand your awareness with compassion. From this awareness comes the power to transform. Together, we will explore the thoughts, feelings, sensations and conditioning that create your reality, and with care and humor uncover new possibilities that can help you face the challenges in your life. The daily breathwork practice centers around my commitment to community as a revolutionary strategy to survive unstable times.
My approach is individualized, positioning you as the expert of your life and using your strengths to navigate life's struggles. As a Yoga Therapist and SE practitioner, I offer a mind-body-spirit perspective that helps you connect to, trust and manifest your wisdom.
The most resounding credential I have is my personal experience as a person in the process of awakening on a planet in crisis. I have spent the past 20 years consciously working on the complexity of being human in these extraordinary times - supported by my exploration of energy, Buddhism and most especially compassion. My personal experiences deeply influence my work as a therapist. My training in meditation, yoga and bodywork help me understand the complex mind/body/spirit relationship that is inherent to healing.
Along with my training in holistic psychotherapy, yoga and Thai massage, I am also influenced by my work in women's health, the Labor Movement, local politics and organic farming. I am a licensed therapist in the state of Maryland and a C-IAYT Yoga Therapist and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner. I am also Adjunct Faculty at Maryland University of Integrative Health in the Master of Science in Yoga Therapy program.
My undergraduate work was in English Literature and Women's Studies at Georgetown University. My graduate work, at Lesley University, was in Counseling Psychology with a holistic focus. I have concentrated my post graduate trainings in trauma, Percept Orientation, Motivational Interviewing, CBT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Narrative Practice, Hakomi, Internal Family Systems, Traumatic Dissociation, trans-generational trauma and feminist approaches.
In 2015, I finished the advanced training in Somatic Experiencing, a powerful approach that uses the wisdom of the body to heal longstanding and acute trauma in the nervous system.
Please note that I occasionally bring my dog to work.