"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 in therapy that is respectful of your natural healing processes.
I believe there is room for humor in therapy.
I believe we exist outside of diagnosis and labels.
I believe that sharing ideas is important.
I believe that being seen and treated as a “whole person” feels good, even if we may not feel whole.
I believe when we can give ourselves permission to rest, we become stronger.
I believe in trusting our intuition.
I believe in taking the time necessary to heal.
I believe that trust and connection comes before techniques and tools.
I believe that self-acceptance is a fundamental step in changing our lives.
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 our how our inner environment functions, it can free us to choose our responses, rather than react automatically.
I believe our inner landscape is naturally in constant motion and with practice, support, and patience our beliefs, sensations, and feelings can become the kindling that feeds our inner fire.
I believe we all need help to excavate, reclaim, and reignite our precious dreams, yearnings, and gifts.
You are the authority on your own life. In many ways you already have the knowledge and resources necessary to heal. Most people benefit from having a dedicated advocate to empower those vital resources. My role is to guide and support your healing journey. All you need to do to start is show up and stay kindly curious about you.
As a personal trainer and yoga instructor, I was able to witness how accessing the connection between body, mind, and spirit can increase self-awareness and lead to powerful healing and insight. This experience laid the foundation for my work and study with mindful self-compassion (MSC), somatic psychotherapy, Toltec teachings, nature-based psychotherapy, Expressive Arts Therapy, Reiki healing, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). I am certified through the National Board for Certified Counselors and licensed in the state of Idaho as a clinical professional counselor. I am a member of the American Counseling Association and the Idaho Mental Health Counselors Association. I also volunteer as a disaster counselor with the Red Cross.
In my free time I enjoy traveling, hiking, skiing, reading, and napping. I moved to Boise in 2017 from Houston, Texas. I also lived in Austin and Philadelphia.