How Did I Get into the Field of Psychotherapy and Coaching?
I’ve always been a deep thinker, with an interest in people and an intense curiosity about how and why we are the way we are. I have been passionate about personal growth and transformation for a very long time, with a fascination for the deeper mysteries of life.
Life challenges and addiction issues in my family led me to 12-step programs as a young adult. This opened the door to personal exploration of spiritual concepts, and efforts to gain a deeper understanding of “what’s it all about.” With three young children, I moved to Tahlequah, Oklahoma to work for a book publishing company called Sparrow Hawk Press, which was associated with a school for metaphysical studies, Sancta Sophia Seminary. Over the next several years, I studied intently, learning about Esoteric Christianity, World Religions, Levels of Consciousness, Meditation, Energy Healing, Intuitive Development, and more. I was fascinated and intrigued, realizing that the universe is far greater than we yet understand or can imagine, and that spirituality is an aspect of each person’s life that is often unexplored or only surfacely attended to, yet has profound impact on the quality of their relationship with their self, others, and their world.
I went on to enroll in the local university and spent the next three years earning a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. My goal was to create a way of working that would merge traditional psychotherapy and spirituality, taking psychology back to its roots as the “study of the soul.”
I spent several years doing traditional agency work, continually seeking ways to blend emerging ideas of science and quantum physics with energy work and foundations of spirituality. In 2010, I began a private counseling practice, providing services that expand what is offered through traditional psychotherapy. In additional to my traditional training, I am certified in holistic psychotherapy methods. I am a member of the Global Association of Holistic Psychotherapists and the American Counseling Association and am licensed by the state of Wisconsin as a Licensed Professional Counselor. Additionally, I am a Reiki Master and am Certified in Pastoral Counseling.
An avid learner, I strive to stay current on “best practices” research and to incorporate new wisdom into my therapy work.
What Do I Mean by “Holistic”?
Holistic Psychotherapy brings a fuller approach to personal health and wellbeing with an emphasis on finding balance physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Unlike traditional psychotherapy, Holistic Psychotherapy optimally fosters growth and healing by noting the synergistic relationship between all the ways we experience ourselves and the world—thinking, feeling, doing, and sensing. It is a conscious, skillful, organic blending of eastern and western philosophies and healing methods, resulting in greater ability to relate to yourself and others with understanding, respect, appreciation, and joy. Holistic Psychotherapy doesn’t just focus on what’s “wrong”; it supports our strengths and helps us more deeply experience the positive aspects of our innate being. It is my belief that this approach creates the most lasting and profound healing.
Holistic Psychotherapy incorporates methods that:
- Encourage us to talk, feel, act, and sense in ways that bring increased perspective to our experiences.
- Assist us in recognizing our thoughts and the powerful ways they impact our lives.
- Help us see our feelings as powerful messages giving us information we need to know to make healthy choices for ourselves.
- Strengthen our connection to our intuition, an important and genuine source of knowledge.
- Deepen our understanding of ourselves in ways that empower us and bring growth and healing.
- Support exploration of our Spirituality—whatever that is for each individual—as a powerful support for our healing.
- Reconnect us with our Authentic Self, allowing us to live without the restriction of conditioned and limiting beliefs, and freeing us to experience greater joy and abundance.
- Guide us on our own unique journey toward self-discovery, helping us to gain a true sense of self and life purpose.
What Do I Do in My Free Time?
I have many interests and can always find things to do. I love to explore, whether it’s new ideas through a book or class, a new location that I haven’t visited before, or a new experience that I haven’t yet tried. I am amazed at how much more adventurous I’ve become as I’ve gotten older, and I attribute that to personal growth that has freed me from some of the conditioned fears of my youth.
I read voraciously, novels of all kinds, as well as informational material. I am fascinated by the field of astrology, and have found that the more I learn, the more I realize how much more there is to learn.
Bike riding and swimming are favorite physical activities. I enjoy thrift stores and garage sales with the search for treasure they provide. I love the sunshine, so question at times whether Wisconsin is the right place for me. Yet it is here that I live close to my family, which is vitally important to me.
I feel blessed with a life that is rich and meaningful. I have relationships that are deep and profound and reaffirming. I live with intention and peace. My days are filled with activities that give me purpose and value. I laugh and have fun. I have a sense of awe and wonder that sustains me. I see the work I do as sacred and each session as holy ground where I become honored to share part of another’s story.