My personal experience with the power of psychotherapy beginning in 198O was my initial motivator to begin studying and practicing this work. I was hurting. My long distance marriage was failing and this was bringing up unresolved issues from my family of origin and past relationships.
To make matters worse I was living and working away from my husband, friends and support system as one of the first professional women hired by the U.S. Forest Service. The team I was on was tasked with developing the first environmental assessments and timber harvest regulations for a remote area in Oregon.
We were not popular among our colleagues or in the local area. Virtually all of us were going through significant life challenges. I was at the point where I knew it was crucial for me to get help if I was going to be able to continue to function.
Thankfully I found a therapist who helped me. The process was not easy, but I was amazed at the burdens that were lifted from my body, mind and spirit. I knew I had chosen the wrong path for my life.
So, I left the Forest Service and my income and I began my official study in counseling psychology at Southern Oregon University from which I received an MS in 1986.
I spent twelve years as a therapist at SOU Student Health and Counseling Centers counseling and mentoring students and teaching experiential psychology self help classes. I also maintained a practice with a state out-patient mental health clinic.
Since that time I have been a Licensed Professional Counselor in North Carolina and currently in Texas. I maintain an in person therapy and energy practice, teach classes privately and with the Eden Method Institute where I have been on faculty for the past 15 years.
Additionally, I have developed a unique and powerful method for working with individuals online. This method combines tools from attachment based psychotherapy, the Eden Method, EMDR and Emotional Transformation Therapy.
Prior to formal study I had a keen interest in energy healing and personal growth and studied many modalities informally. After completing my Master's I pursued additional comprehensive study in numerous other areas among them:
PTSD, particularly adult children from abusive/dysfunctional families
My work is highly collaborative, experiential and present moment centered as I believe that is how we heal best. I know that each person has profound inner healing resources and I can serve them best by aiding in removing blocks to these and supporting their empowerment.
Currently I have an office in Dallas, TX, and offer sessions online. I live south of Dallas in a more natural setting with 3 species of 4-leggeds. I teach classes throughout the US and Europe and am available to do so by arrangement.
Blessings on Your Journey of Transformation!