"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience.
We are spiritual beings having a human experience."
- Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
My clients would describe my approach as gentle, empathic, and practical. There will be interaction, dialogue, and laughter. I will provide reflections and feedback when helpful.
One of my desires is to help people increase their self-awareness. It is in our awareness that we begin to have choices instead of acting out unconscious learned behavior that might no longer be helpful.
I would like to help clients take an holistic approach -- mind, body, spirit -- Can we examine how your thoughts affect you? What are your body sensations when we are talking about a specific experience? What does your intuition say?
When appropriate, I incorporate tools that are a little more structured. For example, parts work and EMDR are forms of somatic and cognitive behavioral therapies with certain prescribed formats. They are very helpful for self-inquiry and trauma recovery work.
I offer my clients my undivided attention and presence. I hope to create a safe place where you can show up exactly as you are—without judgement, guilt, or shame—and be able to freely explore where and how to make a shift.
As a commitment to myself and my clients, I continue to do my own personal growth work. In 2019, I participated in the Hoffman Process and continue to do shadow work (discovering our unconscious patterns) by studying the Gene Keys. I have a MFT/ holistic energy coach I see every 2 weeks, and have a daily mediation practice.
I will continue to receive professional training, and receive monthly consultations from myteachers.
In 1999 I received my Masters in Social Work from Hunter College (NYC) and earned my California license in clinical social work in 2008 (license # LCS24764).
My social work career began with serving seniors and adults with disabilities, mostly at in-home settings in a healthcare context.
About a decade into my career I found myself becoming interested in Chinese Medicine and energy work. I studied acupressure, Chi Gong, meditation, and Rosen Method Body Work, Chinese meridian (Tui Na) massage therapy. For a couple of years I kept up my Californialicensure as a massage therapist.
I'm an Employee Assistance Specialist - Clinical (EAS-C).
I completed my EMDR trauma therapy training with Phil Manfield and continue regular consultations with Colleen West to integrate that with Parts Work.
I have held full-time social work positions for about 15 years at various agencies -- VAMC, The Institute On Aging, St. Mary's Adult Day Health Care, Sutter Health Hospice, and Brown & Toland Medical Group. When I decided to go part-time, I worked at a couple of enjoyable places -- The San Francisco Free Clinic where I created a class called "Gentle Movement for Emotional Health." And Evolibri where I got to work with neuro-diverse young adults.