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About Me

Photo courtesy of John F. Kennedy University

Photo courtesy of John F. Kennedy University

 

Even when I had everyone else fooled, I couldn’t fool myself. I had been through a lot. The nightmares weren’t “real,” but insomnia was. Trudging day-by-day through what seemed like pointless work, trying to navigate the intersections of race, class, gender, sexuality, trauma, and numbing myself so that I could get to the next day felt hopeless. I’d leave a job, a relationship, a city and find myself in a vicious cycle again.

I turned inward to find answers I hadn’t found in people or dogma, and I immersed myself in caring for myself as deeply as I could with good therapy, study of body, mind, spirit, and gentle movement. In time, pain dimmed, and I became emboldened to speak my truth and more caring. In the realization that I could create something different for myself, I chose to change. There were almost no models for me, and I stumbled a lot on my own until I learned whom and how to ask for guidance.

Fully inhabiting life has become a daily process and practice in gratitude, and now even in the routine, blessings reveal themselves. I have dedicated my life to being there with those who would like to learn or remember more about their unique intersection with the world and ways they might better enjoy their journeys.

Do you ever feel like you have lost track of yourself and your dreams or don’t know how to take the next steps to go deeper? Do you struggle with sadness, restlessness, trauma, and the stigma of appearing, “overly-sensitive?”  Do you handle so much alone?

When we learn to notice our bodies, interior world, and movement, we further self-mastery and begin rewriting our lives. From this knowing, we can make better choices and have more of the connection we seek. Sensitivity can help us know how we can feel safer. Holistic therapies involving writing, art, play, and movement combined with talk can help you find gratitude for having survived, reconnection with your deepest motivations, and direction toward your purpose. By integrating parts of the self that become separated in trauma, we can resolve conflicted and painful feelings deeply.

In my practice, everyone gets have a place where they are cared about. You deserve to be here and be known for the gift you are to this world. You have a right to heal.  I encourage you to bring what you already do (art and movement practices) as tools. By bringing awareness to your body, I collaborate with you in recognizing your emotions and how those emotions relate to thinking and choices.

I’m a champion for underdogs. I won’t judge or shame you. I will point out if something feels misaligned with your goals, and with genuine, patient, curiosity, I’ll be with youI’ll stick with you until you feel ready for next steps. I’ll be a safe place for you to be all of yourself, even in uncomfortable parts. We’ll laugh, and I’ll point out when you’ve won.

I earned an M.A. in Somatic Psychotherapy at John F. Kennedy University, which honored me as Outstanding Student of the Year. I’ve served as a trainer in emergency preparedness and inclusivity in the Bay Area and as a rape crisis counselor. I’m proud to serve people struggling with the effects of sexual or racially-based trauma, LGBTQ folks, people with non-binary gender, as well as people navigating multiple intersections of oppression. I motivate from core principles of gratitude, kindness, and mercy.

 
 
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