“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” —Mary Oliver
I am committed to assisting my clients in moving from struggle or feeling stuck into graceful ease, flow and empowerment. I strive to create a safe place for healing to happen. My approach uses a variety of eclectic methods tailored to my individual clients’ needs.
My interest in body-based approaches to healing began in the late 1980s. I taught Yoga as a certified Hatha Yoga teacher in Sivananda Centers in New York and San Francisco. Later I became a certified Swedish and Shiatsu Massage Therapist and Level 1 Reiki Practitioner.
My desire to consolidate these body-based healing practices under an academic umbrella led me to the California Institute of Integral Studies and its Somatic Psychotherapy program, where I received my Masters. I also completed the Hakomi Somatics Institute 6 month Intensive Trauma Training in 2001. This foundation in both the experimental and academic disciplines allows me to offer a grounded, centered therapeutic approach.
In April 2006, as a supervisor on the Substance Abuse Recovery team at Family Services Agency of Marin, I designed and implemented a highly successful seven-week group for women with food and body image struggles. I was also Director of the Eating Disorders program at the Community Institute of Psychotherapy in San Rafael from 2008 to 2013. I am a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.
I have also been an astrologer for over 25 years and have studied in London and the Bay Area. The birthchart can be a useful addition to therapy. It provides a language for inner dynamics that might otherwise be difficult to verbalize and it can offer a fresh new perspective on an age-old problem or issue. I am a member of the National Council for Geocosmic Research, a national education and research organization for astrologers.
Hakomi Trauma Training – 2000
CISM – ‘Critical Incident Stress Management’- Group Crisis Intervention – June 2007
AEDP – ‘Accelerated Experiential- Dynamic Psychotherapy’ trained Jan 2008
EMDR – ‘Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing’ trained – Oct 2008
EFT – ‘Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples’ – Advanced training and EFT supervision completed – 2010
PACT – ‘Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy,’ Level II Certification – Oct 2013
Certified Hypnotherapist – November 2014