My Practice &Philosophy
In 1991, at the age of 19, I began my path of service working with elders as a home health aide. Seven years later, after training at numerous agencies serving some of the most vulnerable populations, I graduated from the University of Michigan with a Masters degree in Clinical Social Work. Traversing the landscape of the Southwest, New England and the Midwest, my practice has led me on an epic journey into the heart of community.
I have learned from 5 to 105 year old clients in substance abuse treatment centers, hospitals, schools and universities, non-profit organizations, juvenile justice agencies, retirement communities, research institutes, retreat centers, dance and yoga studios. The people I have served and the integrity of the staff in each setting have been my greatest teachers.
After 15 years of public service as a clinical social worker, in 2011, I transitioned to a full-time private practice, offering sessions for adults and couples as well as teaching yoga workshops, retreats and classes. In 2012, I completed Thai yoga massage training and began co-leading monthly playshops and retreats with Kelly Kempter. In 2014, I accepted a part-time faculty position at Washtenaw Community College, and continue to teach a two-credit course on the philosophy and practice of Hatha yoga.
Since I began my undergraduate education in 1989, I have been immersed in studying a broad range of body/mind/spirit approaches to alleviating the causes and conditions of human suffering. My primary orientation to meeting the call to resolve trauma and fully awaken the capacity to thrive is a fusion of the rapidly evolving science of healing our psycho-neuro-biology and attachment system and the wisdom tradition of yoga. I am a student and practitioner of sensorimotor psychotherapy, internal family systems, EMDR, secure attachment and bonding and non-violent communication. My yogic path encompasses ethics, postures, breathing, meditation, mantra, chanting, devotion and Thai yoga massage. I am also a Reiki Master and deepening my skills as a channel of this resourcing energy.
Masters in Clinical Social Work
1996-98: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
SP Level 1, 2019
Reiki Master, 2019
Reiki Level 1 & 2, 2014
Wellness Beyond Words
Thai Yoga Therapist, 2012
LFY Level 1 & 2, 2007
Yoga Teacher Certification, 2006
Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health
LICENSE & CERTIFICATIONS:
LMSW - Michigan:
Licensed Master of Social Work
2003 - present
ACSW - National:
Academy of Certified Social Workers
2003 - present
E-RYT - Yoga Alliance:
Registered Yoga Teacher
2006 - present
2011 - present
The most important factor contributing to human resilience is being compassionately and empathically connected to ourselves and one another. Complex childhood trauma, relational trauma in adulthood and post traumatic stress interrupts this birth right. What all the these modalities I offer have in common is this one truth: we expand our capacity to love through opening to a complex web of relationships that reflect our worth, freedom, dignity and divinity, starting with all the parts of self. We can reawaken qualities of presence and our innate capacity to thrive, illuminating and clarifying our hearts and therefore our path and purpose. Courage, equanimity, clear seeing and right action naturally reemerge. Love instead of hypervigilance is embraced anew as the greatest and most precious teacher.
I believe the most effective and efficient approach is interdisciplinary, and I encourage clients to build a team of practitioners and practices, as well as family and community supports that will serve them in an epic journey of rediscovering wholeness.
Just like you, I am continually studying, learning and growing, remaining steadfast in my devotion to this evolutionary process with my own family, teachers, community and connection with the sacred.
I would be honored to offer my gifts in service to your journey.