A Little Window into Who I Am....
I developed in the muck-like a lotus flower that also rises. Make no mistake, I’m a flawed. But finally it’s ok to be a mere mortal. We’re all learning, right? My flaws make me who i am.
How did I rise up? Courage, faith and a lot of good therapy. I am the oldest of four kids. For some reason my parents had three girls in three years. They had emotional trauma histories, were unhappy, stressed and ll-equipped for even one child. They tried, but emotionally speaking, I was pretty much on my own-like so many of us. Let's just say I had plenty of raw material to work with.
My journey began with divorce at age 31. I was upset, but also curious why I picked a husband who did not treat me well—from the very beginning! I also found little meaning in my corporate job. I knew life would be a mess if I didn't get some help.
Therapy saved me! It was a long journey thru anxiety, depression and self doubt. But I made it out! Eventually, I felt more deserving of love and respect. I learned to love and accept myself. I felt more confident, resilient and empowered.
Why did I become a therapist? It saved my life, and I wanted that for others. Also, in group therapy I loved to listen and help group members. I was good at it, and it dawned on me how fun and satisfying it would be to care for and support other people's freedom and happiness. Becoming a therapist is one of the best decisions I've made.
Having practiced therapy twenty+ years, I love my work more than ever. My clients are courageous amazing people. I have learned so much from them, and am honored they trust me enough to share their inner lives.
As a “learning junkie,” I am usually taking a psychology course of some sort to offer more to my clients. Now that I am Certified in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, I will take try and take a break. We'll see how long that lasts....
I view life more through a Buddhist lens—to embrace the present moment with openness, curiosity and compassion-even in difficult times. It’s a work in progress. I feel we are all connected. Life can be hard, we share in this struggle and can get through it together. Thus I have more compassion, and appreciation of the courage it takes to be a human.
I am a late bloomer, accomplishing milestones behind the curve. But it's okay. I'm now in a loving healthy relationship, which I am grateful for.
I'm a "people person." I love music, dance, hiking, entertaining and little adventures.
Most of all, I am grateful and honored to participate in this spiritual journey of helping my clients thrive.