Psychotherapy and Spiritual Direction
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Through navigating and healing my own childhood trauma, I have learned that the therapeutic methods which access the body's innate wisdom and integrity, and bring it firmly into present moment awareness, have the most promise in healing. I see the transpersonal as guide in this work, as well, as we live into this "illuminous pause"* we call life.
With a longstanding interest in cross-cultural approaches to healing and spirituality, I trained in Transcendental Meditation and became a Reiki Master in the early 90's, and then attended the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. I studied the spiritual and archetypical dimensions of health and healing and somatic and earth-based psychologies. I had the great fortune of studying with many accomplished teachers and guides and to explore expanded states of consciousness. I graduated with a Masters Degree in Integral Health in 2000, completing graduate thesis research in the bodily experience of women remembering incidents of childhood sexual abuse. My study of the Rosen Bodywork Method deepened my understanding of the important role the body plays in healing.
From there life took me on an unexpected journey. My mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer and I supported her until her death in 2002. Her courage, strength and compassion for others inspired me to look more deeply into the meaning of life and my own fear of death. I found myself, quite unexpectedly but in perfect synchronicity, working in end-of-life care for more than a decade.
Because of my love of spiritual exploration and my interest in death and dying, I was drawn to study Buddhism more systematically. Although I had been practicing meditation for years, I had never formally committed to a path of practice and study. I found this path to be extraordinarily fulfilling, helping me to learn how to work with my mind and habits, find my seat, and be present and compassionate to myself in my own suffering, as well as being present to the suffering of others.
This exploration led me to work with Rigpa's Spiritual Care Program, providing training to health care professionals and lay caregivers in meditation and contemplative approaches to care. I served as faculty in the Contemplative End of Life Care Program originally offered through Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. I also had the opportunity to live on the wild Beara Peninsula in Southwest Ireland from 2008-2010 to support the creation of a spiritual care center for the ill, dying and grieving at Dzogchen Beara Retreat Center. I feel honored to have been able to contribute in a small way to this inspiring center on the clifftop overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
Upon returning to the United States, I expanded my understanding of spiritual care from other spiritual traditions and completed the chaplaincy training in Clinical Pastoral Education in 2012. Providing spiritual care and guidance in a level one trauma hospital taught me how to hold my seat in the face of overwhelming human atrocities and suffering.
The work in death and dying was rich and deeply satisfying. Yet, as all things must change, I was guided, full circle, back to somatic psychology and earth-based healing. In 2018 I became a Certified Hakomi Therapist (mindfulness-based, body-centered psychotherapy). As a life-long learner, I continue to explore my passions and am studying Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS) and traditional earth-based healing methods. Currently, I am in the Consciousness Medicine community and in the MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy training program offered through MAPS (Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies).
In private practice in Colorado since 2011 (Registered Psychotherapist through DORA Colorado and Spiritual Director)