Personal Journey

My Personal Journey

I’ve been a student of life for a long time. As a curious 20-something, I read everything I could to help me better understand what we do and why we do it. I buried myself in Buddhism, Taoism and Feminism. Erich Fromm, Karen Horney and Friedrich Nietzsche were my mentors. In college, I majored in Humanities and Psychology and endlessly explored meaning and purpose. I was hungry for alternative ways of knowing myself and relating to others.

I took my first yoga class in 1995 at Gold’s Gym and knew my life was about to change. In 2003, I discovered Yin Yoga with Paul Grilley and again, I was hooked. Prior to becoming a therapist, I was a body worker and plant-based chef – both of which were influenced by Eastern philosophy and alternative healing.

For twenty years, I cobbled together a career helping people improve their lives through movement and nutrition. In addition to my experience in health and wellness, I’m a writer, gardener and photographer. My passion is finding ways to enhance freedom using yoga, nutrition, community and honest dialogue.

Getting to Good-Enough

The thirties were a flurry of productivity. I opened one of the early Pilates studio in Portland, learned to teach Kids Yoga with Marsha Wenig and studied Thai Yoga Massage with Kam Thye Chow. My interests eventually drew me into the healing world of whole foods. For three years I ran a small restaurant and had a line of raw foods called Holy Chow. I eventually returned to school, earned my master’s, got married, opened private practice and became a mom. It was during this period that I toppled off my yoga mat.

As a mid-lifer, I’ve developed a new appreciation for the healing power of movement. My years working in the health and wellness field taught me there is no separating mind from body, but it took my own “falling” to wake up again. I’ve since created a way of working that harnesses the wisdom of yoga with traditional therapy. I call this work Embodied Psychotherapy.

Your Personal Journey

Whether you are new to therapy or a seasoned veteran of personal work, the process of change is a tender one. I respect the courage and vulnerability it requires to seek help. No matter what is bringing you to therapy, you are the expert of you. My role is to guide you, but the motivation is all yours. Maybe you want to change because something doesn’t feel right anymore. Or you know there is a way to live with more vitality and just need some help. My role is to help you find the inner resources to live life as you know it can be lived.