I am passionate about working with people who want to create a meaningful and fulfilling life. I have always had a deep fascination for people and what “makes them tick”; that is, what it is that drives each of us to seek what Maslow called “Self-actualization”. My own journey of transformation began in my early 20’s when I left the religion of my youth and began exploring my own spirituality and my own path to psycho-spiritual health. This has been a lifelong process for me, and I believe it is a journey that never ends.
The strongest influences for me in my life and in my work have been the teachings of Zen Buddhism, Native American Spirituality, and those of Carl Jung. I also studied for 7 years with Cultural Anthropologist, Angeles Arrien, author of The Fourfold Way. This work had a profound influence in my life, helping me to realize that I must follow what has heart and meaning for me, if I am to live a fully integrated and authentic life. For me, that meant becoming trained as a Psychotherapist in order to help facilitate others in their journey to wholeness and self-actualization.
From the first time I sat down with a client in the therapy office, I felt I had come home. I knew this was the work I came here to do. My goal is to help others achieve that same sense of “coming home to self”. Whether it is through work, relationship, or creativity, each of us is meant to have that experience and that sense of fullness and right-placement.
I continue to be fascinated with people as I work with them in therapy. I am inspired by their courage and humbled by their willingness to place their trust in me and share with me their deepest truths. I consider this trust and these truths to be sacred, and hold them with respect and confidentiality. My greatest joy comes from seeing the transformation that can take place as a result of this trusting relationship. I believe that the healing work in therapy involves mind, body, and spirit; and this belief informs my approach to therapy. If you should choose to partner with me for this transformative work I can assure you that you will be treated with respect, sensitivity, and skilled professionalism.
I received my Masters in Counseling Psychology at John F. Kennedy University in the Bay Area of California, followed by Post-Graduate work in Consciousness Studies. My approach to therapy is influenced by studies in Depth Therapies (particularly Jungian), Consciousness Studies, Eastern Philosophies, and my own Mindfulness Practice. In addition I am a Certified EMDR provider through EMDRIA. Prior to completing my studies in Psychology, I trained as a Life Coach at the Coaches Training Institute in San Rafael, California.
I am licensed by the North Carolina Board of Marriage and Family Therapy as an LMFT (#1673).
What I do is me. For that I came.
– Gerard Manley Hopkins