After a difficult childhood that included the divorce of my parents, I looked forward to leaving home and being my own person. Once on my own, I felt an emptiness, even though I seemed to have it all: ?a new marriage and the promise of the life I wanted. I divorced after only two years of marriage, realizing that I was not ready to be a partner and parent just then. In my early thirties I remarried, but I still felt an emptiness inside. I began to study Eastern spirituality and to meditate. Soon after, I had a few mystical experiences that were a doorway to a deeper connection with my core self, or Soul Wisdom. I went back to college and studied ?transpersonal? (mind, body, spirit integration) psychology. After getting my M.A. in this specialty area from John F. Kennedy University in the San Francisco Bay Area, I began serious study of various spiritual paths, including study with several spiritual teachers and the study of the mystical elements of Judaism and Christianity.
Now some twenty-five years later, I bring profound connection with spiritual or ?soul wisdom? to my work with my beloved clients. This intuitive knowing informs the deep work I do with clients as I guide them to their own soul wisdom and inner guidance.
Because of my personal work with my own issues, I chose to specialize in areas that were a part of my own healing journey. For example, I work with eating disorders because I struggled with binge eating in the past and went to counseling to get help. As well, my husband and I engaged in couples counseling in the past and I feel it helped immensely.
My ongoing spiritual practice includes meditation, yoga, spiritual retreats, and being in nature whenever I can. I am a big fan of Eckhart Tolle and Byron Katie'?s teachings about mindfulness and saying ?yes? to what is, the antidote to suffering. I now pass along these practices and tools in my Awakening to Spirit Group.
But what serves me most is the love of what I do and the ability to be very present, grounded compassionate and nonjudgmental with my clients. I promise that I will fully attend to you and whatever your needs and goals for counseling are. Working with me, you will discover your own path to soul wisdom, inner strength and new possibilities.
I am certified in life coaching, EMDR, and in hypnotherapy, and I am nationally certified in group psychotherapy through the American Group Psychotherapy Association. I am also part of the professional team of complementary health practitioners of the Sacramento Sutter Downtown Integrative Health in Sacramento and the Sutter Davis Integrative Health Center in Davis. See websites at http://www.checksutterfirst.org/integrativehealth
I am a member of the Northern California Group Psychotherapy Society, the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, the EMDR International Association, and the Association of Comprehensive Energy Psychology. For over 25 years I have studied extensively with spiritual teachers and mystics. I also have had extensive training in energy psychotherapy methods.