I became curious about psychology at a young age. Deeply interested in people and life, I studied theatre in college and found that acting helped me get in touch with my feelings. I observed that theatre and psychology share common themes of intimacy and transformation. To explore these more fully, I studied psychology and drama therapy in graduate school, concentrating on the intersection between creativity and healing. This journey continues to inform my life in meaningful ways.
At heart, I am an artist. I act, write, paint, and dance because I feel that creativity illuminates and stimulates our soul’s evolution. I also see therapy as an art form and life and relationships as extensions of psycho-spiritual transformation. A few years ago, I started a second masters in theology and see a deep correlation between art, healing, spirituality, and consciousness.
Most people who work with me are already on a personal growth path. While seeking symptom relief, my clients also want to make the most of their lives. They long to thrive instead of just survive. Therapy then becomes part of that journey.
In addition to my book, Own Your Life: How Our Wounds Become Our Gifts , I maintain a blog, selfishbitchofadaughter.com. I also have in-depth acting experience, and continue to perform. These passions help me grow and keep me recharged in my therapy work.
Inherent in my perspectives, I believe that the mind and body work in tandem. I encourage all my clients to engage in some form of physical activity be it exercise, yoga, tai chi, meditation, etc. to help with stress management. We store memories and feelings within our very cells, so practices like yoga and meditation enhance healing. For my forms of relaxation and rejuvenation, I practice yoga and swim. I also love playing with my two kittens! It is important that I practice what I preach and that I maintain a sense of calm and spaciousness for my clients, particularly if they are dealing with distress and grief and loss.
Despite extensive professional training, much of my awareness about healing has been shaped from personal experience. Having lost a parent to suicide, this informs my teaching, speaking, and writing. As a national trainer for Mental Health First Aid, I have helped bring mental health awareness to the general public and feel honored to be a part of this movement.
I currently live in Los Angeles and feel grateful for the ocean and mountains that surround the city. Thank you for stopping by my website!