Since I’ve been able to walk, I’ve wandered in nature. This relationship with the living world has deeply informed my life choices, and supported the unfurling of my ongoing development and gifts.
I was drawn to my work as a counselor through my own journey with a powerful therapist/mentor, and through my work as an instructor, for the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School. While on extended backcountry expeditions, with groups facing challenge and adversity, I discovered my capacity to assist others in meeting, and moving through, fear, overwhelm, and self-doubt.
In 2003, I earned a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology, with an emphasis in depth psychology, from Pacifica Graduate Institute. Over the last fifteen years, my career has evolved to include experience in community mental health, inpatient, and private practice settings. I have extensive experience working with trauma and am trained in the use of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing).
Since 2012, I have been training with Animas Valley Institute in a soul-centric, nature-based, model of wholing and self-healing. This approach is a blend of my rootedness in the natural world and my desire to assist others in creating lives of fulfillment and authenticity. My professional development is a continuous process of integrating evidence-based, somatic, family systems, and mindfulness interventions into my work. These approaches are in service to increasing self-regulation, ease, and clarity in all those I serve.