“The root of all health is in the brain. The trunk of it is in emotions. The branches and leaves are the body. The flower of health blooms when all parts work together.” – Kurdish saying
How I Got Here
By becoming a therapist and Reiki practitioner in my forties, I bring the experience and wisdom of half a life well lived. I bring the enthusiasm and curiosity of someone who has witnessed individuals capable of great change and healing. I come to this work with a passion for mentoring others in their growth and healing. I believe that everyone has within themselves the ability to heal themselves.
I have been working with adults and children for over 14 years. I began working with children and their families as a drama teacher and realized I had a gift for helping families heal through expressive arts.
I graduated from Pacifica Graduate Institute, where I studied Jungian Psychology. I am currently registered as an intern with the Oregon State Board of Marriage and Family Therapists pursuing licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT). I am also a certified Reiki Master Practitioner.
I am a curious, compassionate, non-judgmental, and passionate person. I love my work and can’t think of any greater privilege than being able to share in the lives of others. I honor this privilege by listening deeply to my clients: with my mind, body, spirit, and heart.
I believe that all individuals have the ability to heal and that healing is an integrative process. I believe in a holistic, relational approach to healing that integrates the mind, body, and spirit. By combining therapy and energy healing, I am able to treat clients holistically, enabling me to address the individual’s emotional, physical, and spiritual needs.
In graduate school I researched the connection between early childhood trauma and psychosis. My research led to the creation of a treatment modality for trauma induced childhood psychosis utilizing Jungian Psychology, mindfulness and play therapy. If you are interested in learning more you may read it by clicking: Integrating The Unconscious Into Conscious Reality: A Jungian Approach for Treating Early Onset Psychosis.
In my private practice I have continued to research what the medical profession terms psychosis. I have found that the majority of clients experience their intuition in some form of altered experience: as visual pictures, auditory experiences, somatic sensations, a mental knowing that something feels right, or a smell. From a Jungian perspective these experiences are the unconscious mind, or the soul’s way or communicating messages to the conscious mind to guide the individual towards a deeper understanding of self and other. As I am trained in a form of energy healing called Reiki, I decided to once again create a treatment modality that takes into consideration the various ways the human experience can communicate to make meaning of it’s experiences. I call this modality: Intuitive Therapy. In this form of treatment, I guide clients in understanding their own version of intuition. To see more about this modality visit the Reiki Adult page.
A Little About Me
I live in Portland with my husband and fur-babies: two Scottish Fold cats (Kiko and Azure), Chihuahua (George), and English Setter (Juniper). When I’m not working with clients I enjoy outdoor activities including hiking, camping and biking. I also enjoy yoga, knitting, meditating, reading mystery and fantasy novels, writing poetry, singing, going to live music ,and theater productions, and exploring the world with all its diversity.
“Wellness encompasses a healthy body, a sound mind, and a tranquil spirit. Enjoy the journey as you strive for wellness.” – Laurette Gagnon Beaulieu