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.
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. Sharing the experiences of 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 long been interested in the creative and unfolding dance between Western medical models of healing and the contemplative methods of inquiry and somatic awareness. 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 experience.
It has been an exciting time for me to witness the true overlapping of these paradigms in practice. I have been in private practice since 2012, and I continue to work in the western medical setting in a primary care clinic in Seattle, connecting patients to the relationship between physical pain and untreated emotional pain. This work has been tremendous gift to witness.