ABOUT

Love is the cornerstone of my life and my somatic psychotherapy practice.

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPC-A), a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). I have a Masters’ in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a certificate in Expressive Arts Therapy from Appalachian State University, however…

I’m pretty much obsessed with all things somatic. I’m a Certified Hakomi Therapist and a Certified Teacher for Hakomi Institute. I’m involved with Hakomi trainings in North Carolina and Sóller, Mallorca, Spain. I’m a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner.

I am an assistant facilitator for Passion and Presence® Couples Retreats, and a facilitator for Right Use of Power, ethics training in combining power with heart.

After finishing undergrad in psychology at UNC-Chapel Hill in 1998, I headed straight to massage school. I am still a North Carolina Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist (#2123), although I no longer offer massage therapy. Over the years, I’ve also studied Gentle Bio-Energetics, Reiki (Level 2), EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques), Reflexology, Hot Stone Massage, Neuromuscular Therapy (American Version), Meditation, Continuum, Yoga, Pilates, and studied as well as taught Spa Therapies and basic Tribal Style Bellydance. I see psychotherapy as a healing art.

Professional associations:
American Counseling Association (ACA)
Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP)
North Carolina Counseling Association (NCCA)
Right Use of Power Teacher’s Guild (RUOP)
United States Association for Body Psychotherapy (USABP)

I have always been interested in new and different ways of living, being and perceiving.

Since I was a little girl,  I’ve been fascinated by the magical, the mystical, the sacred. I feel most at home when I’m out in nature. I view my work not only as a profession, but also as a path. Part of this is my commitment to deepening my understanding of what it is to be human, and to be alive, and to become liberated from suffering like pain, shame, and judgement and embrace feeling loved and supported by oneself and life itself.

Right now, I am diving deeper into self-care and self-exploration through meditation, movement, furthering my studies and stepping into being a whole-hearted educator. I’m curious about what nourishes me on every level, and I’m slowly learning to rest and receive as much as I do and give. I’m inquiring into becoming more clear, present, kind, and resilient, knowing what I want and going for it as well as defining clear boundaries. I’m a firm believer in the transformative power of pleasure, beauty, mindful awareness, silence, rest, relaxation, water, kindness, time in nature, letting go of what’s no longer needed, belly laughs, and a good cry. I find great delight in the reverent and the irreverent.

In my own journey towards full human-beingness, I’ve found body-centered, energy-based, and spiritual forms of healing to be essential. Stillness and movement have also been key. I’ve learned about the modalities I offer from the inside out. I am committed to “doing the work,” or as I am beginning to understand it after years of “doing the work,” I’m committed to letting go of who and what I think I am, so my embodied, natural, radiant self can continue to emerge and be of service in the world.

I’d be delighted to help you do the same, or something even better.

All kinds of people are welcome in my practice.

A little about my background, beginning with the present:

June 2015 – Present: Teacher for Hakomi Institute trainings in North Carolina, USA, and Mallorca, Spain
January 2014- Present: Student in the Somatic Experiencing Professional Training Program, currently enrolled at the Advanced Level
January 2014- Present: Assistant Facilitator for Passion and Presence® Couple’s Retreats on the Art and Practice of Mindful Sexuality, created by Maci Daye, LPC and Certified Hakomi Trainer
2009- Present:  Deep Rest Meditation practice, attendance at retreats and former retreat organizer with Open Dharma
2007- Present:  Private practice.
1998- Present: Massage and Bodywork Therapist (NC LMBT #2123)
1991-Present:  Practice of Hatha Yoga (sometimes erratic, but always heartfelt)

March 2014 – November 2016: Lead Instructor at Body Therapy Institute for Somatic Psychology and Therapeutic Communication (part of the daytime Massage Therapy Diploma Program)

November 2011- January 2016:  International Training Coordinator for Hakomi Mallorca

January 2014- June 2015: Teacher-in-Training for Hakomi Institute workshops and trainings in Asheville, NC and Mallorca, Spain

July 2013 -June 2015: Assistant and then Teacher-in-Training for Hakomi Mallorca Professional Training in Sóller, Mallorca, with Founding Senior Trainer of the Hakomi Institute, Halko Weiss, and Certified Hakomi Trainer, Maci Daye

June 2013 -August 2014: Teaching assistant at Body Therapy Institute  for Somatic Psychology and Therapeutic Communication (part of the evening/weekend Massage Therapy Diploma Program), in preparation for becoming a lead instructor for the daytime class beginning in March, 2014

November 2013- May 2014: Somatic Educational Leadership training at The Center for Embodied Teacher Education at Body Therapy Institute, Siler City, NC

2011- 2014: Study of Continuum with Rebecca Lawson, Sabine Mead, and workshops with Emilie Conrad

2009- Early 2014:  Assistant for Hakomi workshops and trainings at MAHEC in Asheville

2011- Early 2014:  International Retreat Coordinator for Passion and Presence®

2012-2013: The Spirit of Learning (Embodied Teacher Certification Program) at The Center for Embodied Teacher Education at Body Therapy Institute, Siler City, NC

2013: Right Use of Power Facilitator’s Training with Cedar Barstow

2011: Somatic Teacher Education Series through Carey Smith’s Center for Embodied Teacher Education and “Restoring Aliveness: MindBody Skills for Health and Wellbeing” Co-teacher with Tracey Moon, LMBT

2008: Right Use of Power workshop with Cedar Barstow at MAHEC, Asheville, NC

2008: Assistant for Introduction to Hakomi for Bodyworkers with Morgan Holford at Body Therapy Institute, Siler City NC

2007: Introduction to Hakomi for Bodyworkers with Morgan Holford at MAHEC

2005-2007: Professional Hakomi Training at MAHEC in Asheville, with Hakomi Institute trainers Karen Blicher, Cedar Barstow, Maci Daye and Phil Del Prince

2003: Introduction to Hakomi with Ron Kurtz at Body Therapy Institute

2001-2010: Study and Performance of American Tribal and Tribal Fusion Bellydance with Sisterna Kali and The Devoted Bellydance Collective, including teaching beginning classes at Balanced Movement (2005-2006) and Hillsborough Yoga and Healing Arts  (2008-2010)

2001-2008: Massage, MindBody and Spa therapist at Plum Spring Clinic for Integrative Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC

1999-2001: Lead Trainer for TouchAmerica’s “Living Systems” Spa Education Series, Lead Therapist at ousia spa center, TouchAmerica’s educational spa, and right hand to Robin Zill, spa visionary,  consultant, and board member of ISPA, intensive study of  Hydrotherapy

1998-1999: Call Specialist for the CDC’s National HIV/AIDS Hotline

1997-1998: Massage Therapy training at New Life Institute of Massage Excellence in Atlanta, GA (now part of Gwinett College)

1993-1997: BA in Psychology from UNC-Chapel Hill after transferring from Guilford College in Greensboro