My lifelong passion is in understanding and witnessing the many ways that human growth and healing occurs. I bring over 20 years of experience in the study, practice, and teaching of yoga as body-based therapy, combined with extensive studies in psychology and cross-cultural practices that have deepened my understanding and appreciation of the different ways people find healing and meaning in their lives.
As an individual who has taken the long healing path from childhood trauma, I have studied and experienced healing in all its forms (physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, energetic, interpersonal). My belief is that lasting recovery requires a synthesis of treatment approaches that addresses the whole person (body, mind, heart and soul) as well as the person's relationship to one other and to the greater community. I work successfully with individuals and couples who are seeking a greater connection to themselves and with others.
The healing modalities that I offer include psychotherapy (individual, couples and group), restorative yoga therapy, and yoga therapeutics classes. Yoga therapy offers a safe and gentle approach to learning how to inhabit the physical body, to self-regulate the nervous system, and to become more grounded and connected to one's inner self. Psychotherapy sessions combine mindfulness, somatic sensing and the awareness and transformation of emotions that underlie our greatest psychological challenges. All of these practices have been shown to be beneficial for a range of conditions that include anxiety, depression, trauma, grief and loss.
Whatever form of healing you are seeking, I have guided thousands of students and clients in helping them to heal their minds and hearts, to connect better with themselves and with others, to find meaning in their lives, to feel more at home in the world, and to discover renewed strength from within. I am committed to creating authentic and compassionate relationships where each person feels seen and deeply understood. Clients report an increased ability to access positive feelings including joy, greater congruence and clarity in their lives, better relationships with others, and the discovery of strength they never knew they had. They achieve a clearer view of what is not working in their lives so they can look at and act on what is. It is my honor to accompany you on your journey towards personal growth, healing, and self-empowerment.
I have immense gratitude for the love and wisdom of my teachers who have supported and influenced me the most: Judith Hanson Lasater for teaching me that all healing begins with rest, Maria-Teresa Subercaseaux for reminding me of the power of authenticity and connection through Emotionally-Focused Therapy, and Char Sundust for helping me to become the best version of myself.
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)
Certified and Registered Yoga Teacher, E-RYT-500
Master of Arts, Psychology, Mental Health Counseling; Child, Couple and Family Therapy, Antioch University Seattle
Master of Education, School Psychology, New York University
Bachelor of Arts, Biological Basis of Behavior, University of Pennsylvania