I was born a red-head. I love flower stands by the side of the road, swinging on my porch swing in the morning, and climbing up steep hills to get to a view at the top. I have also survived a debilitating eating disorder, a multi-year illness in my early twenties, a near-death experience and coma in childbirth, unexpected grief, and raising toddlers born less than two years apart - all while experiencing post-partum depression. All of those things have taught me so much about what taking care of our bodies and learning to listen to them with compassion really means.
I have lived in multiple countries. I have a deep appreciation for cross-cultural awareness and open-minded diversity. I have been a lecturer in seminars, conferences, and classrooms on the gift of pain, and I have taught on multiple continents for many years.
Enjoying beauty and the outdoors is my evidence that there is always goodness in this world, no matter how much pain we have endured - that and ripe summer peaches and salty Dutch licorice, which I love! I have lived in the Pacific Northwest for over 18 years. I have two teenagers, a goofy white Labradoodle, a scraggly garden, and friendships that I deeply cherish.
One of my greatest joys in life is working with people to help them see the beauty and gifts they offer the world. I am passionate about helping my clients learn how to listen to and trust their bodies, developing relationships of gentleness with and enjoyment in who they are.
“Neuroscience research shows that the only way we can change the way we feel is by becoming aware of our inner experience and learning to befriend what is going inside ourselves. Mindfulness not only makes it possible to survey our internal landscape with compassion and curiosity but can also actively steer us in the right direction for self-care.”
― Bessel A. van der Kolk, The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma