Healing is a return to wholeness, our natural state of being– and at the heart of this process is a return to connection with ourselves. We each have within us the capacity for our own healing, and these healing capacities can emerge with the right kind of support. I see my role as creating a safe space for your journey of self-discovery, as well as providing a variety of approaches that I have found to be most powerful in helping you find your way back to your true nature. My work with others mirrors my own personal practices–an integrated mix of modalities, all emphasizing awareness and understanding, within a field of compassion. Treating ourselves compassionately is an essential foundation for our ability to give to others and help heal the suffering and injustice in the world.
I began my practice in Northampton in 1992 as a Licensed Massage Therapist. At that time, I also began practicing yoga as well as Vipassana meditation. Thus began my lifelong exploration of body and mind awareness. In 2000, I earned a Master’s degree and a Massachusetts License in Acupuncture, as acupuncture was the perfect integration of my interests in mind, body and spirit, addressing the being as a whole.
In October, 2008, I attended The School for The Work of Byron Katie, after which I began to do Inquiry with clients. (See coaching for more on Inquiry.) I love facilitating Inquiry; It is unceasingly inspiring to witness someone finding their own answers and returning to a state of freedom.
In 2015, I enrolled in a 2 1/2 year meditation program called The Three Doors. The teachings in this program are rooted in the Dzogchen tradition of Bon Buddhism, and emphasize the power of meditation for self-discovery, personal transformation, and benefitting others. After completion of this program, I began to lead guided mindfulness classes. Then in 2019, I discovered the Mindful Self-Compassion program, which was a perfect addition to my personal 3 Doors practice– MSC intensifies the warmth already present within spacious awareness. My personal practice was so enhanced by this new material that I went on to complete MSC Teacher Training in January 2020.
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