I'm a licensed somatic therapist with a broad background. My past work includes everything from community mental health practices, teaching college courses on ecopsychology and environmental justice, and researching climate change impacts on Native Alaskan communities, to working with youth as a wilderness therapy instructor, volunteer coordinator, and environmental educator.
As someone with a highly sensitive nervous system, I'm a proponent of gentleness, patience, and humor. My goal is to meet you with curiosity about where you are in any given moment--a radical approach in a world that believes control is the solution to everything. I never ask clients to go somewhere within themselves that I haven't or wouldn't go myself. This terrain isn't theory for me; it's a journey I've made myself, and continue to traverse every day.
Human beings evolved in constant relationship with a complex, dynamic, and animate world. I believe that we need to get in right-relationship with not just ourselves, but the wild human and non-human forces that surround us. Not for any world-saving reason beyond the fact that we are lonely and long for a deep connection that the modern western paradigm has robbed from us.
Quiet friend who has come so far,
feel how your breathing makes more space around you.
Let this darkness be a bell tower
and you the bell. As you ring,
what batters you becomes your strength.
Move back and forth into the change.
What is it like, such intensity of pain?
If the drink is bitter, turn yourself to wine.
In this uncontainable night,
be the mystery at the crossroads of your senses,
the meaning discovered there.
And if the world has ceased to hear you,
say to the silent earth: I flow.
To the rushing water, speak: I am.
--Rilke/Translated by Joanna Macy
--Sonnets to Orpheus II, 29