Let’s start with the fun stuff …
- I love to laugh.
- Outside in summer + by the fireplace in winter = happiness.
- I’m highly intuitive and a highly sensitive person.
- I believe that it’s OK to love and accept all of yourself, all of the time ( … yes, especially then).
I come from a long line of women healers. My mom’s a nurse. My maternal great-grandmother, Flora, healed with cooking, sewing and playing her piano. She was also known to wrap a towel around her head and tell fortunes.
For the first part of my life, however, I did anything BUT act like a healer.
I was a shy, middle kid born into a Irish-Scottish middle-class family, just east of Manhattan. In addition to being shy, I was also picked up the emotions of the people and environments around me … like a human lint-brush. I had no idea what to do with this until later. I started writing stories, plays and poems. It gave me a safe perch to watch the world, as well as help me delve into my own rich inner landscape.
After college, I become a journalist at a daily newspaper in upstate New York. My life looked good on the outside. Deep down though, I was plagued by feelings of doubt and inadequacy. I felt as if I didn’t fit into the world around me. I tried all the usual stuff to cover it up and self-medicate. Before long, through, my body began to externalize these feelings with pain, and I came down with a severe bout of Repetitive Strain Injury. This ended my writing career. It brought my life to a screeching halt. I lost my job, my house, most of my possessions and my independence. I moved back in with my parents, who by then had relocated to the northeastern-most tip of Long Island … about a mile from where my great-grandmother lived and where I spent summers as a child. It was a dark, depressing time for me.
I didn’t know it at the time, but this was my dark night of the soul. As all the structures of my life crumbled away, I had to focus on healing my body. I also learned how to heal my relationship with myself. This was huge. I reconnected with my family — my parents, my aunts and uncle, my siblings, my cousins. I saw a psychotherapist for the first time in my life (Thank you, Collette). I began to understand my sensitivity and how to work with it. I made art to give voice to the places inside without words. I lived and volunteered for a few winters at Kripalu Yoga Center, which, interestingly, was going through its own dark night of the soul. I walked for endless hours on the North Fork’s beaches and farms. I swam in Long Island Sound and Peconic Bay. Slowly, I began to re-imagine a future for myself.
All of these things were completely transformative. Each and every one. With lots of help, I went back to school for a graduate degree in social work, so I could step into my lineage as a healer. Today, I work with smart and sensitive women to help them heal and create lives they love.
And the professional highlights . . .
- Undergraduate and Graduate degrees from the State University of New York.
- Licensed clinical social worker in New Jersey and New York.
- Certified in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), 2006.
- Post-graduate certificate in Child Maltreatment from the New Jersey Child Abuse Training Institute, 2007.
- Yoga Teacher, 200-hour level, Kripalu, 2000.
- Bach Flower Essences, Level 1 Certification, 2014.
- Reiki Master Teacher, 2014.
- Akashic Records Reading, Levels 1 and 2, 2013 & 2014.
Another healing tool I use is dog therapy. Ria (below) is an adult female mixed breed dog that I adopted from Horsecreek Farm and Wildlife Sanctuary in Tennessee in 2011. She’s pretty intuitive and amazing. Click here to read about Horsecreek Farm, an incredible organization that rescues dogs from high kill shelters in Tennessee and gives them medical attention, socialization skills and a chance to live a happy life.
Ria is a graduate of the Make Sit Happen training in Hillsborough, NJ. Her duties are:
- Greeting you at the top of the stairs.
- Inviting you to play with her.
- Providing emotional support through unconditional love and curling up next to you on the couch.
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