I am an artist/therapist (she/her) who offers various forms of help to connect you to what you give value to, focusing on your beliefs, knowledge, and abilities in order to work through struggles and build the life you want to live. I take a loving, mind-body-spirit approach to help you create meaningful relationships with your problems in order to relate to them in ways that make you stronger. My main practices are Narrative Therapy, Somatic Experiencing® and Art Therapies, combined with Buddhist mindfulness, body-based approaches, and lifelong learning. I am also trained in EMDR. If you choose to work with me, you can expect to travel an unfolding path through the present moment that could include talking, a variety of art-making, body-based work, walking in nature, Tarot, education, identity and meaning/purpose work, mentoring, humor, spiritual conversations and practices, ancestor work, concrete goals and life-planning/change, or any combination of the above. My work honors your full humanity and dignity and aims to be life-affirming, life-giving, and sustaining. I bring my full, authentic self to the work (this may involve swearing...OK, who are we kidding? It will DEFINITELY involve swearing!) and I hope you will too (bring your full, authentic self, not swear–unless you want to). I wholeheartedly believe that we help and grow ourselves through presence (our capacity to stay with ourselves no matter what) and unconditional self-love (never making a problem of ourself).
The Guest House
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
– Jalaluddin Rumi
from Rumi: Selected Poems, translated by Coleman Barks