I am a licensed psychotherapist with 20 plus years experience. I have clinical expertise treating adults who still struggle with childhood trauma. Specialty areas include addressing anxiety, grief, estrangement and life transitions. My heart is to help women in the last half of life by weaving psychology with spirituality into wellbeing.
I am also a trained Spiritual Director who is an ordained United Church of Christ clergy person. I companion lay folk, clergy and seminarians to deepen their relationship with the Sacred.
While I am present to both these professions whenever I am in the room, I have come to honor each as a distinct discipline. Psychotherapy and Spiritual Direction are separate practices that offer complimentary paths toward wholeness.
Because we are body, mind and spirit, it has been my experience over a lifetime that integrating evidence based psychology with spiritual practices is most transformative for healing.
Treating trauma, anxiety and grief/loss
Offering Spiritual Direction
Trauma in childhood has life altering effects on adulthood. When life is interrupted we develop coping mechanisms to survive as children that no longer work as adults. We can feel 'different' and lost trying to perform and be perfect hoping no one will notice.
I help clients with a 16 week evidence based model called 'STAIR' that teaches you how to regulate difficult emotions and create more sustaining relationships. We will also narrate your story empowering more manageablilty and creating deeper calm and more confidence.
Anxiety can range from feeling edgy to being overwhelmed. It can look like tension, irrational fear and even intrusive thoughts and impulses to harm someone we love. None of these feelings mean you are crazy.
I help clients by teaching mindfulness breathing exercises moving to cognitive behavioral practices that include keeping a worry record, noticing and becoming curious about anxiety and learning strategies to self soothe, tolerate stress and regulate emotions.
When you lose a loved one or even experience significant loss like a job, life loses luster. That lens leaves us in a liminal darkness feeling alone. Some want us to "get over it" or "see the brighter side," but this is just not helpful.
I help people who are grieving to tell their story as many times as they want to make meaning. Learning the stages is helpful but knowing they are not linear is healing. Beginning to sit with the story and see it from multidementionsal sides reframes memory and gets us unstuckt to start moving forward.
The USA is the richest country in the world and has the highest rates of child abuse and total child mortality in the Western world. In this 3 hour workshop we will assess the life-altering effects of childhood sexual abuse on adult survivors and make a plan to protect children.
The core of this workshop is Darkness to Light’s evidence-informed, award winning training that teaches adults to identify, prevent, and take bystander action to reduce abuse in schools, churches, families, communities and organizations.
Stewards of Children® is the only sexual abuse prevention training in the USA proven to increase knowledge and change behavior.
Please contact me for learning objectives and more information.
Spiritual direction is a contemplative practice of exploring your spiritual path with a person trained in listening, discernment and deep reflection. It is an ancient practice within the Christian tradition going back before the early church and now making a comeback in contemporary life.
In a nutshell spiritual direction is about paying attention to where the presence of God is most deeply felt. And being aware of what you are seeing so as to make connections and discern meaning to make surer decisions.
Spiritual direction pursues the art of walking with you aiding attention to God. "We don’t walk the walk for you, but we observe the walk with you" (Teresa Blye).
Session costs range from 115-125.
Spiritual Direction is 70.
I accept cash, check or Pay Pal with a Master Card or Visa.
I offer a free intial phone consultation.