Hello, I am a licensed psychotherapist and trauma specialist in private practice. My professional focus and passion are the centrality of the mind / body connection and somatic based treatment for trauma. I’m a mindfulness meditation instructor, registered Yoga teacher, and a certified Trauma-sensitive Yoga facilitator. Paramount to my work with people, in any of these roles, is our relationship; one that is based in authenticity, safety, trust, open-heartedness and integrity.
I specialize in treating individuals with histories of trauma, with symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress disorder (PTSD), Complex Post Trauma Stress disorder (CPTSD) or any trauma or stress related condition. I also work with individuals experiencing depression, anxiety, grief, or overwhelming life challenges and transitions.
I recently moved to the central coast of California after 13 wonderful years in private practice in Fresno, California. Early on in my practice I became interested in Trauma work while repeatedly witnessing trauma’s painful impact on body, brain, memory, mood and relationships, particularly chronic and interpersonal trauma. This led me to additional studies in Trauma theory, Attachment theory and Neuroscience, and to the essential understanding of trauma as physiological more than psychological.
I have been a mindfulness meditation practitioner since 1983 and a yoga practitioner since 2000. Meditation and yoga are daily practices essential to my professional and personal balance, particularly when my life’s journey has been difficult. I'm an avid appreciator of written story, literature and poetry. I have facilitated poetry and meditation workshops and women’s therapy groups.
I’ve worked as a social worker and clinician in hospice, hospital, and school settings. The range of my work with refugees in Thai refugee camps in the 1980’s, to the chronically mentally ill in community clinics, to adolescents in inner city schools, to youth in juvenile hall, to those who are dying in hospice care and at the Kalighat Home for the Dying in Calcutta, India, has provided me the privilege and opportunity to observe our human condition from a variety of perspectives.
Our personal stories, genetics and circumstances are as individual as each finger print, and deserve unique consideration, however our deepest human needs, longings and vulnerabilities are universal.
My therapeutic approach is strongly influenced by my practice and studies in mindfulness, stress reduction, yoga, and the mind / body relationship. Our thoughts, feelings, body and brain are profoundly interconnected, both in ease and disease, so must be addressed holistically. Therefore, my work with clients emphasizes the integration of cognitive, emotional and physical aspects of health and well-being.
I believe whole-heartedly in each person’s capacity to attain mental and emotional health, self-worth, self-awareness, and a fulfilling life. I believe in the power of being listened to, objectively and empathically, especially when it is hard to reach out, or we feel alone, or think that no one cares or could possibly understand us. This is the value of therapy; a safe person in a safe space for you to be heard and be seen, a space to recognize your inherent goodness and wholeness, to heal, and to grow…
- Masters of Social Work: California State University, Fresno, CA.
- Bachelors of Science: Social Work and Psychology: University of Washington, Seattle, WA
- LCS 23296 Clinical Social Work; California Board of Behavioral Sciences
- Trauma Center Trauma Center Yoga Facilitator (TCTSY-F), The Center for Trauma and Embodiment, Justice Resource Center
- Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200), Yoga Alliance
- Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), El Camino Hospital Stress Reduction Program
- Neuroscience and Yoga
- Life Force Yoga to Manage Mood
- Prison Yoga Project
- Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
- Hinds Hospice social worker, Fresno, CA
- Cooper Middle School counselor, Fresno, CA
- YMCA Refugee Women’s program, Seattle, WA
- Yoga instructor, Restorative Partners, San Luis Obispo, CA.
- Meditation instructor, Focus Forward, Juvenile Justice Campus, Fresno, CA.
- Patient care assistant w/ Missionaries of Charity Kalighat Home for the Dying, Calcutta, India.
- Patient care assistant w/ Patna Sisters of Charity Leper Hospital, Bihar, India.