This is what I believe: we are all here to love as well as we can ... each other, all beings on the earth, the earth itself. We are here to evolve so that the barriers to loving fall away, so throughout our lives we love more boldly, with more clarity, with a deeper knowing that we are all one.
The psychological path and the spiritual path, the body and the mind, what we are born with and how we are shaped … all are connected.
We are all connected to each other, and to the earth, and to all of the beings with whom we share the earth. Our well being is connected to the food we eat, the water we drink, the quality of our sleep, the laughter and relaxation in our lives, our relationships, physical activity, the sun, the moon, the tides …
On my personal journey, learning to live from embodied presence and listen to the wisdom of the body has been an extraordinary shift. I was caught in the mind, the need to figure everything out and analyze endlessly. My work as a therapist often felt overwhelming as I carried a sense of responsibility to “figure out” for others, which of course isn’t possible. The path of awareness and allowing is freedom. Allowing myself to be as I am, a learner still learning life’s lessons. Allowing others to be as they are, and reflecting the goodness and beauty I see at their core … it is my longing to live consistently from this place. Not as one who knows the answers, but as one who walks alongside, supporting access and trusting each one’s own knowing. I hold space and steadiness and hope. I have confidence in this path.
Education and trainings which are integrated to create my approach to teaching and healing work:
Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (licensed as a psychologist in Colorado)
Meditation Teacher Training Institute with Tara Brach, Hugh Byrne, Pat Coffey, and Jonathan Foust (2 year program)
Training in Alchemical Alignment: Bodywork for Trauma Resolution and Embodiment of Spirit (Brigit Viksnins, MAT, RCST®, SEP, LMT, BCTMB, developed Alchemical Alignment based on Somatic Experiencing and Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy)
Training in the Realization Process with Judith Blackstone, meditation teacher certificate
Training in Care of the Energetic Core with Karen Custer, MSW
Adjunct teacher with the Insight Meditation Community of Washington. Courses include Awakening through Embodiment and Relationship (six-month deepening practice series), Mindful Relationships, and Relating Wisely to Sexual Desire. Co-leader of monthly sangha for singles in the DC area.
Mentor for the Power of Awareness program through Sounds True (Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach)
Mentor for Tara Brach’s online courses
Develop and teach courses for therapists seeking to integrate mindfulness and meditation into their work with clients
Facilitate peer group for therapists and bodyworkers on a spiritual path
Guide online videoconference sangha which has been meeting weekly for three years
Guide Telesangha group (telephone sangha that meets for 30 minutes Monday through Friday) which has been growing together for more than two years
Individual work with clients for more than 25 years (originally traditional psychotherapy; over the last 12 years transitioning to the current way of working— integrating embodied meditation, unwinding patterns held in the body, mindful awareness)