Let’s start with the fun stuff …
- I love to laugh.
- Outside in summer + in front of my 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 ( ….especially then).
I come from a long line of healers. My mom’s a nurse. My great-grandmother, Flora, healed with sewing and playing her piano and 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.
Born into a bustling middle-class family outside of Manhattan, I was shy. Not only that, I also picked up the emotions of people and environments around me … like a human lint-brush. I had no clue what to do with this. I pretty much felt as if I did not fit into the world around me. Meanwhile, I wrote stories, plays and poems. I kept journals. Writing gave me a safe place to watch the world.
After college, I become a newspaper journalist. My life looked good on the outside. Deep down, though, I was plagued by feelings of doubt and inadequacy … still very much feeling that I didn’t fit into the world around me. I tried all the usual stuff to cover it up and self-medicate. Before long, my body began to externalize these feelings with pain. I came down with a severe bout of Repetitive Strain Injury. This ended my writing career. My life came to a screeching halt. I lost my job, my house, most of my possessions, and my independence. I moved back in with my parents. It was a dark, depressing time for me. Seriously.
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 focused 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 brothers and sister, 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 express the places inside without words. I lived and volunteered for a few winters at Kripalu Yoga Center, which was going through its own dark night of the soul. I walked for endless hours on the beaches and farms on NY’s North Fork. 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 finally 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. That’s Ria below. She’s a sweet-natured 5-year-old mixed breed who I adopted from Horsecreek Farm and Wildlife Sanctuary in Tennessee in 2011. 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’s a pretty amazing healer, as well as the embodiment of living in the moment, being joyful and resting with abandon. She’s a graduate of Make Sit Happen training in Hillsborough, NJ.
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