What Lights Me Up

What Lights Me Up

Nature

Nature is my greatest teacher. Watching a plant rise from from seed is an awe-inspiring definition of hope. I like that nature is tough yet forgiving, beautiful and fierce. In addition to my clinical training, I’m a certified plant-based chef. Which is why when I’m not in session, chances are I’m out in the garden, in the kitchen or playing with my Canon Rebel.

Aliveness

I like to help people remember that it’s good to be alive. I take the work seriously while honoring the importance of levity. Like you, I do the work and understand the difficulty of managing stress while maintaining balance.

My passion for health has exposed me to an array of tools. Yoga, brain science, parts work, addiction, neurobiology, and nutrition all inform my style of healing. In turn, I pass these tools onto you. Having a wide scope of practice allows me to tailor sessions to suit your needs.

Bottom line: I want you to feel good. To live with ease and grace inside a body that’s glad to be alive.

Learning

I am a passionate learner and am often seeking new ways to approach health and wellness. The best place to see what I’m currently excited about is my blog, the heart of the website, the place that is most alive and best reflects what lights me up.

Clinically, I am trained in a variety of modalities, including: Hakomi, Internal Family Systems, Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy, addiction, Jungian psychology and Eastern philosophy.

Practice

What makes my form of therapy unique is that prior to becoming a therapist I spent a decade working with the body. In 2003 I opened one of the first Pilates studios in Portland and prior to that I worked as a Thai Yoga Massage therapist.

If I’ve learned anything over the years, it’s that in order to age with grace and dignity we must move our bodies on a daily basis. For this reason and more, I continue to integrate movement and holistic healing as part of my learning. In 2020, I completed 100-hours of Yin Yoga Training and have taken workshops with yoga masters Paul Grilley and Sarah Powers. In 2021, I began training in Essentrics.

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