M.S., ERYT, YACEP, SomEx Level II
My work with individuals and groups is centered around one thing: a healing relationship. Relationships that heal are affirming and nurturing, while affording ample space for the challenges and joys of self-discovery and the emergence of the not-yet-known in ourselves. For me, that's always meant including the body as a potent, safe, and gentle guide. It also means naming the social and historical processes that support or block our liberation. I'm here for that.
I am an artist and a therapist with over two decades' experience mining and developing interpersonal creative process as a transformational playground. I started my career in body-minded healing practices when I became a yoga teacher in private practice in 2002. In 2008 I began incorporating creative process support for individuals and groups as my own creative career began to blossom. My work since then has incorporated experiential approaches to trauma resolution, helping individuals face and transform long-held patterns rooted in complex, relational experiences of early life. My masters program in Counseling with a Clinical Mental Health Specialization and Somatic Psychology emphasis allowed me to work with a wide variety of mental health clients in recovery from interpersonal abuse and social trauma as well as persons navigating major life transitions and recovery from substance and process addictions with dual diagnoses. I began offering creative group work in 2019 under the auspices of Steve Sommers, LMFT, LMT, long-time affiliate of the Cumberland Institute of Nashville, TN, whose approach to somatic and experiential group work has been a key influence and guiding light for a great many practitioners in this region. I am LGBTQIA and non-binary affirming, anti-racist, feminist, and an active promotor of decolonizing and de-scripting relationships and the body. I'm a member of the American Counseling Association, the Body Mind Centering Association, and a candidate for Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Tennessee. I am a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider and Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher. I am certified in SomEx, somatic and experiential interventions for addiction recovery and trauma resolution, at the second level.
I work with individuals, partners, and groups who are ready for an ally at their most authentic edges.