Introduction & Approach
As a guide in the healing and awakening journey, it is my honor to support individuals integrate and liberate wounds of the past so they can experience greater freedom, meaning, and fulfillment in their lives, and ultimately, more peace and less suffering.
MY APPROACH & ORIENTATION TO HEALING
As an experiential and mindfulness-oriented practitioner, I facilitate processes that invite awareness into the present moment experience – offering a safe space in which one can access what is typically beyond the reach of the conscious mind, and in doing so, unwind non-productive patterns that manifest as symptoms of suffering, whether physical, psychological, or emotional. My approach is one of tracking upstream to discover the root of symptoms manifesting downstream, and orienting to the inherent wisdom and capacity within each individual to heal and grow.
I bring a holistic orientation to address body, mind, and spirit. I guide somatic practices including yoga and breathwork to unwind tension patterns that inhibit one’s life force energy, and insight-based practices including meditation to cultivate greater self-awareness, clarity, informed choice, and freedom. I draw on philosophical teachings from various spiritual traditions, mythology, and contemporary psychology to support inquiry and reflection, and to explore the unique terrain of conscious human being-ness.
I do not believe in ‘quick fixes’ or panaceas to all that ails us. I do, however, know that we can improve the quality of our lives by orienting towards our healing, growth, and development, and that there are effective tools to support us in this process.
My support as an integrative, healing arts practitioner should not replace the support of a licensed mental health counselor. Our work together may serve as a beneficial adjunct to more traditional dialogue-based therapy, or resonate with individuals seeking more somatically-oriented approaches and exploration of the “energetic” and “spiritual” dimensions of one’s experience.
For the majority of my early life I struggled with depression, and for over a decade, I suffered with chronic headaches. While I was able to remain high-functioning professionally in the Advertising & Design industry, I had little capacity to enjoy life, and spent the majority of my resources trying to track down the root of my dis-ease and simply feel better. In 2009 I decided to leave my corporate position and take a life/healing sabbatical in which I could listen more deeply and redirect my life’s compass.
The journey took me to a Zen Buddhist monastery, where I immersed in meditation and spent time living off the grid, in the mountains. I spent a couple months at The Himalayan Institute, studying yogic philosophy, subtle body anatomy, and the nature of the mind. I explored the world of Shamanism, studying core shamanic healing practices with the Foundation for Shamanic Studies and engaging in experiential therapeutic processes through ceremonies and rituals, including the vegetalismo practices of the Amazon. I lived and worked at The Esalen Institute, where I was introduced to gifted teachers, therapists, and healing practitioners, and studied everything from Jungian psychology and dreamwork, to Tai Chi and permaculture. I sat in meditation retreats (Vipassana, Insight, Metta), and worked with therapists specializing in Gestalt, Hakomi, Internal Family Systems, and somatically-oriented approaches.
I began teaching yoga in 2011 after being a practitioner for ten years, and am now registered as an Experienced Yoga Teacher (E-RYT) and Continuing Education Provider (YACEP) with Yoga Alliance. I offer weekly classes, advanced trainings and immersions, and retreats. Also in 2011, I began seeing clients for shamanic healing, and integrated breathwork in 2013. I have since guided hundreds of group ceremonies and private sessions, and work privately with individuals seeking somatic and spiritual support. I am also honored to facilitate private ceremonies for clients, ranging from end of life celebrations to conscious divorce/uncoupling ceremonies.
I consider myself a life long learner and am dedicated to continued personal growth, learning, and awakened awareness. I am regularly participating in retreats, trainings, and ceremonies that support my own development and nourishment, and in doing so, can bring the fruits of my path to support clients as skillfully as possible. It is my honor to serve that which calls forth awakening.
Please contact me if you'd like to explore working together, and if there is not alignment, I can refer you to resources that may bettter serve you. Thank you for taking the time to connect here online, and may the privilege we have to do this work be of benefit to all our relations in this great web of life.