Many paths led me here...
My current approach to mind-body healing comes from a long path of exploring the field broadly. I spent many years in community organizing, particularly addressing issues facing queer and trans youth and healthcare inequities. That experience shaped my social justice approach to the healing arts and my strong emphasis in client/student empowerment.
Early childhood exposure to the healing arts, expressive movement practices, and spending lots of time in nature put me in touch with the "wild's of my own body" and fostered an appreciation for body-positive, down to earth, lifestyle.
I started my first massage therapy trainings in high school and worked professionally as a bodyworker, yoga instructor, and experiential anatomy teacher in the first half of my career. Through my work, I became increasingly more interested in the body-mind connection and pursued my Master's in Somatic Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies.
During my Masters program, I interned at the Center for Somatic Psychotherapy and implemented a therapy program at the Women’s Resource Center, serving women and trans folks who had previously been incarcerated. I gained experience supporting individuals, couples, and groups while receiving intensive mentoring on holistic and social justice approaches to healing trauma.
In addition to my formal training, I participate in many continuing education opportunities, including many of the M.E.T.A. Institute's offerings: Integrative Bodywork, Hakomi, and Character Maps. I had the honor of studying with the late Bill Bowen in Psycho-Physical Couple Therapy and have trained in Peter Levine's Somatic Experiencing, a body-centered trauma healing modality.