Finding My Way
I’ve been passionate about health and healing since my twenties. In my early thirties, I opened a Pilates studio, taught Kids Yoga and practiced Thai Yoga Massage. 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 earned my master’s and opened a private practice as a psychotherapist. After fifteen years of clinical work, I rededicated myself to healing movement.
In Jungian psychology there is a phrase to describe the impulse to help others based on your own experience of pain. The archetype is called the “wounded healer.” This applies to all who heal through the work they do. It’s certainly my story, too.
Somewhere in my 40’s everything started to hurt, despite checking all the “right” boxes. The accidents of youth and the toll of life caught up with me. Thankfully, in the process, I found a new and informative way to help heal myself and others.
What Lights Me Up
Nature is my greatest teacher. Watching a plant rise 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. When I’m not teaching, chances are I’m out in the garden, in the kitchen or playing with my Canon Rebel.
My interest in health has exposed me to an array of tools. Yoga, meditation, neurobiology, and nutrition all inform my style of healing. In turn, I pass these tools onto you because I want us all to live with ease and grace inside a body that’s glad to be alive.
Doing the Work
As I was working toward certification, I was gifted the rare opportunity of being a student and a teacher – healing and learning simultaneously. It’s a good path and I do my best to create a sacred and safe container for you to explore yours. I’m now a Level Two Essentrics instructor, working my way to Level Four! Each week, I share what I’m learning on Instagram.