“I view clients holistically and use various methods and techniques to balance physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual issues that limit the sense of freedom and wellbeing.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
With a BA in music, I sang and danced in New York, Los Angeles, and Japan and on Princess Cruises. I taught music and voice but was drawn to mental health and therapy after raising two daughters. I worked as a therapist and group facilitator in substance abuse treatment centers for several years before evolving into more individual therapy for clients who are feeling overwhelmed and stuck in old patterns. I view clients holistically and use various methods and techniques to balance physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual issues that limit the sense of freedom and wellbeing.
What should someone know about working with you?
I believe the connection between us is crucial, so I am interested in your feelings, insight, and vision for your life as you realize your dreams. Progress in therapy is evident by improved physical energy, mental peace of mind with systems in place for handling fear and suffering, improved emotional wellbeing, greater joy and freedom, connection with others through an unconditional love that grows and evolves, and a sense of inspiration, ease, and grace in the world. Homework is your personal project that will progress with self-care practices, which bring about growth and healing for you. I primarily see women in transition who are experiencing a sense of overwhelm and anxiety that has become a source of suffering.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
Having worked in addiction for several years, I am primarily interested in exploring new research on trauma treatment. This includes hypnotherapy, physical practices such as trauma/tension relief exercises, EMDR, imagery and emotional freedom technique (tapping), deep theta brain-wave healing meditations, and mindfulness. I am intrigued by the science behind using music and sound vibration with meditation and yoga practices. I completed a ministerial credential at the Science of Mind organization in Los Angeles and found that a sense of awe and open-minded expectation of greater possibility results from the spiritual awakening practices in 12-step literature. A higher power can restore you to sanity.
What is the core belief system behind your theory of counseling?
I believe that we are pure positive energy at our core and we are here to learn to unconditionally love ourselves, our lives, and the world. I think we can find a balance with our finances, relationships, health, and creativity, once we learn to forgive the judgments we have placed on ourselves and others. Healing unresolved issues and the shadows of shame inside is crucial for this balance and when we get stuck in old shame/blame patterns, we suffer. But the answers are inside each of us and therapy can help to bring us insight and change outgrown belief systems to find our joy.
“I believe the connection between us is crucial, so I am interested in your feelings, insight, and vision for your life as you realize your dreams.”