“As a licensed mental health counselor and a registered yoga teacher, I am passionate about using the magic of movement to help others feel better and uncover their full potential.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have been a mental health counselor and a yogi for over 10 years, and I absolutely love it. I started healing and helping others as an educator, working as a teacher and school counselor for many years. Eventually, I began blending my passion and knowledge of yoga, breath, and movement into my clinical practice and have been delighted with the results (and the amazing client progress!). As a licensed mental health counselor and a registered yoga teacher, I am passionate about using the magic of movement to help others feel better and uncover their full potential. I am trained in trauma-informed practices, including many somatic (body) practices as well as more traditional talk therapy approaches. These practices prove to be especially helpful for those facing anxiety and depression, two challenges in which I specialize.
What should someone know about working with you?
In my sessions, I like to offer a few very simple breathing or movement techniques to help reintegrate our minds with our bodies and foster a sense of improved awareness, insight, and emotional regulation in order to increase feelings of peace and wellbeing (no crazy twisting required!). We will start with some general questions and then work together to determine which techniques and styles work best for you. Some sessions may include breath and movement while others may not! If you are looking for some tools and techniques to implement in order to improve your quality of life and want someone to help you gain insight, I could be the guide for you.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
Now is such a great time to be in the mental health field! We still have a ways to go, but I am so excited and hopeful that mental health (or, as I like to call it, "mental fitness") is finally starting to get the attention, awareness, and reverence it deserves (YAY for stigma reduction!). Mental health and fitness are parts of our overall health, and I love hearing and seeing more and more headlines, magazine covers, celebrities, and social media posts dedicated to promoting this movement. Furthermore, as awareness increases, access to trained mental health professionals is on the rise, and treatment is becoming easier and easier through sites like Alma and the expansion of telehealth. What an honor and a blessing to be part of this very important movement!
What do yoga and mindfulness have to do with mental health?
Yoga is an ancient philosophical science that aims to connect or "yoke" the mind, body, spirit, and greater consciousness. Most of us in the Western world know it as a series of stretches, but it is actually so much more than that! Our bodies are constantly telling us things and sending us messages. In the chaos that is everyday modern life, these messages often get jumbled, covered up, or become dysregulated. Many of the practices and philosophies of yoga are proven ways to calm the mind and body and regain a sense of belonging, peace, awareness, and presence. Through yoga and therapy, we can often reintegrate our minds with our bodies and foster a sense of improved awareness, insight, and emotional regulation. The ancient script of the Bhagavad Gita states, “Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.” Thousands of years later, this process is still true and applicable. Come experience the magical and healing powers of yoga, learn to journey within, and unlock the power of joining the mind, body, and spirit.
“If you are looking for some tools and techniques to implement in order to improve your quality of life and want someone to help you gain insight, I could be the guide for you.”