"There is something wonderfully bold and liberating about saying yes to our entire imperfect and messy life." ~ Tara Brach
"A wise woman, who was traveling in the mountains, found a precious stone in a stream. She reverently placed the gem in her bag. The next day, she met another traveler, who was hungry. The wise woman opened her bag to share her food. The hungry traveler saw the precious stone in her bag, admired it, and asked the wise woman to give it to him. The wise woman did so without hesitation.
The traveler left, rejoicing in his good fortune. He knew the jewel was worth enough to give him security for the rest of his life. But a few days later he came back, searching for the wise woman. When he found her, he returned the stone and said:
I have been thinking. I know how valuable the stone is, but I would like to exchange it in the hope that you can give me something much more precious. If you can, teach me the secrets about the power you have within you, the power that enabled you to, without hesitation, give me this precious stone.”- The Secret Power of Yoga by Nischala Joy Devi
Perhaps within each of us is a hungry traveler, a wise woman, and a precious stone waiting to be seen.
I believe there is room for humor in therapy.
I believe in therapy that is respectful of your natural healing processes.
I believe we exist outside of diagnosis and labels.
I believe in taking the time necessary to heal.
I believe that self-acceptance is a fundamental step in making changes.
I believe therapy can help you develop the confidence and skills necessary to make wise choices.
I believe that if we can become aware of how our inner environment functions, it can free us to choose our responses, rather than react automatically.
I believe that we are physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, relational, and energetic beings. These systems are interconnected and interdependent.
I believe, as a professional, that intense and regular study is required to stay current with treatments and approaches.
I believe that it is not my job to have the answers (because I don't), but to help you hear your own deep, soul wisdom.
I believe that investing time, energy, and resources into overall well-being is one of the best investments we can make.
I believe we all need help to excavate, reclaim, and reignite our lost voices, precious dreams, yearnings, and unique gifts. We were not meant to do this work alone. I believe all you need to do to start is show up and stay kindly curious about you.
Certified through the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)
Licensed in the state of Idaho as a Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC)
Board-approved Supervisor for individuals pursuing licensure in the state of Idaho
Professional member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), the American Mental Health Counseling Association (AMHCA), and the Idaho Mental Health Counselors Association (IMHCA)
President-elect of IMHCA for the 2018-2019 term
In my counseling practice I seek to heal, inspire, and empower our deepest parts through the cultivation of self-acceptance, creative expression, non-judgmental awareness, and an intimacy with the natural world. As a former personal trainer and yoga instructor, I witnessed how facilitating a connection with the body, mind, emotions, imagination, the soul, and nature can increase self-awareness and lead to personal growth and insight. Questions like "what does alignment feel like?" and "what is supporting this form right now?" are useful for both physical and psychological health. My background continues to lay the foundation for my studies in Vipassana meditation, Mindful Self-compassion (MSC), Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), somatic psychotherapy, Toltec teachings, Ecopsychology, Expressive Arts Therapy, Reiki, Jungian/Depth Psychology, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
Therapy isn't one-size-fits-all. I tailor my approach to each individual based on their needs and strengths. However, I tend to approach counseling from a Jungian/Depth Psychology perspective. I also incorporate mindfulness-based approaches with an emphasis on self-compassion. The Jungian/Depth Psychology perspective seeks to alleviate suffering by acknowledging what has been denied or ignored so a person can understand and reclaim lost parts of themselves. Mindfulness-based approaches help us become aware of the present moment in a non-judgmental way and are often used as an integrative approach to treatment. Self-compassion practice helps us open our heart and treat ourselves like we would a dear friend, especially when we experience emotional pain.
In my free time I like to travel, hike, read, paint, and sleep. I moved to Boise in 2017 from Houston, Texas. Before that, I lived in Austin and Philadelphia.
*I am an LGBTQIA life-affirming therapist. Issues related to oppression are everyone's concern not just the concern of those that are targets of oppression.
Teachers, Trainings, and Lineage
The Pyramid Academy, Teotihuacan, Mexico A 4-year pathway, workshops in Ecopsychology, Dream Tending, and Toltec wisdom with HeatherAsh Amara, Will Taegel, Ph.D., Judith Yost, MSW D.Min., Jyl Scott-Reagan LCSW, LMFT, LPC-S, and Alberto Hernandez Romero completed November 2017
Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) 8-week Foundation Course, Institute for Spirituality and Health, Houston, Texas with Gwen Brehm, M.Ed., LPC, LMFT, an MSC trained teacher completed April 2016
Mindfulness Instruction mentorship with Micki Fine, M.Ed., LPC, Certified Mindfulness Based Reduction Teacher & author ongoing from 2012-2017
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) 8-week Foundation Course, Penn Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with various instructors completed March, 2010
Reiki Training Level 1 and 2, Austin, Texas with Carol Krause, Reiki Master/Teacher and Registered Massage Therapist completed October, 2009
200-Hour Yoga Alliance Certified Hatha Yoga Teacher Training, Yoga Yoga, Austin, Texas with various instructors completed August, 2007
*As a life-long seeker of wisdom I have encountered and learned from various sources, both ancient and modern. My intention is to honor and respect the teachers of my teachers and their ancestors, who are the cultural wisdom holders of the ancient traditions from where I seek healing knowledge. If you have questions about my training in any lineage please do not hesitate to ask.