"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.
There can be room for humor in therapy.
Therapy should be respectful of your natural healing processes.
We can exist outside of diagnosis and labels.
Take the time you need to heal.
Self-acceptance is a fundamental part of healing.
Therapy can help you develop the confidence and skills necessary to make wise choices.
As we can become aware of how our inner environment functions, it can free us to choose our responses, rather than react automatically. This is simple, but not easy.
As a professional, intense and regular study is helpful in staying current with treatments and approaches.
It is not the job of the therapist to have the answers, but to help you hear your own deep wisdom.
Directing time, energy, and resources into our well-being is a good investment.
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.
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
As a former personal trainer and yoga instructor, I became interested in counseling psychology when I witnessed the connection between physical, emotional, and mental balance in my clients. This foundation in yoga and physical movement (and an insatiable curiosity) led to more training in various meditation traditions, Toltec teachings, Ecopsychology, Expressive Arts Therapy, and Jungian/Depth Psychology. I am open to a body-mind-spirit healing perspective and I have sought additional training in mindfulness meditation and mindful self-compassion.
In my free time I like to travel, hike, read, and paint. I moved to Boise in 2017. Before that, I lived in Houston, Austin and Philadelphia. I teach mindful movement workshops locally and at international retreats where I combine both modern science and ancient wisdom.
*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, Houston, Texas mentorship with Micki Fine, M.Ed., LPC, Certified Mindfulness Based Stress 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 student 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 knowledge. If you have questions about my training in any lineage please do not hesitate to ask.