My Personal Journey
I’ve been a student of life for a long time. As a curious 20-something, I buried myself in Buddhism, Taoism and Feminism. Erich Fromm, Karen Horney and Friedrich Nietzsche were my mentors. In college, I double majored in Humanities and Psychology – seeking better ways of relating to myself and 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 established a career helping people improve their lives through movement and nutrition. In addition to my wellness experience, I’m a writer, gardener and photographer. My passion is aligning with health.
Getting to Good-Enough
During my thirties, 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. For three years I ran a small restaurant and created a line of plant-based foods called Holy Chow. At the end of the decade I went back to school, earned my master’s, got married, and opened private practice. To top it all off, in my forties, I became a mom.
While I’ve wobbled on and off the mat for 25 years, I never stopped practicing. You see, yoga is so much more than a endurance practice. It’s a blueprint for living. Every day I make an effort to “live my yoga.” And it starts with ahimsa (kindness).
By practicing satya (honesty), I was able to get real about what I need in order to age with agility, ease and grace. Equally important, I got clear on how I could continue to help others heal in a sustainable, empowering way which has increased my santosha (contentment).
As I go into my fifth decade, I’m working my tapas (self-discipline) to focus on health and well-being. In being mindful of how I fuel my body, I practice saucha (purity). Additionally, I’ve developed a new appreciation for the healing power of movement which is translating into my work.
My years in the health and wellness field taught me there’s 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 Mindful Embodied Therapy.
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.