My Philosophy

I love my work. I love to hear people’s stories about what makes them feel alive and what inspires them. I love helping people to feel more connected to their environment and trusting of themselves in the process. I delight in the senses: preparing and eating delicious food, swimming in the open waters, and dancing. I love to run and I love riding bicycles. I take pleasure in the smells of the seasons and in the transitions from dusk to night….night to dawn….dawn to day.

What fascinates me about the healing process in psychotherapy is reflecting upon the vulnerable, groundless mystery of the human journey and the endless revelations of the unguarded heart. Holding the space for people’s transformations and growth are the most satisfying moments in my work.

For the past fifteen years, I have been working with trauma and the body’s resilience in the realm of healing; physically, emotionally, and spiritually. I have forever as I can recall been interested in the creative and unfolding dance between Western medical models of healing and the contemplative methods of somatic inquiry and spiritual inquiry. Western medicine has historically separated symptoms from the spirit of the person and treated the symptoms as a disease, leaving the spirit of the individual still sick. My work has been focused on integrating these healing practices with a whole appreciation of mind, body, emotion and integration.

It has been an exciting time for me to witness the increasing overlapping of these paradigms in practice. I have been in private practice since 2012, and have worked in the western medical healing world of trauma since 2003, and I continue to work in the western medical setting in a research capacity using somatic therapy in addiction recovery, connecting patients to the relationship between physical pain and untreated emotional pain. This work has been tremendous gift to witness. 

When you attend to the way the dawn comes, you learn how light can coax the dark.
— John O'Donohue