- I love to laugh.
- Outside in summer + by my fireplace in winter = happy me.
- I ditched my TV last year and haven’t missed it.
- I believe in telling the truth and showing up 100%.
I am an expert at combining my laser-sharp listening skills with creating a safe place for my clients. It’s here that things start to go BOOM (in a good way).
Art has been a big deal in my own healing journey. I wrote poems and plays as a kid and went on to become a journalist until I came down with a severely depressing bout of Repetitive Strain Injury. It pretty much shelved my writing career and made living independently nearly impossible. Since then, I’ve extensively studied and used art as a healing tool.
Yoga also helped. My mom told me to try it, nearly 20 years ago. And damn it, she was right.
At my first class, I felt like a pretzel. Then … at the end … we did Savasana (also known as Corpse Pose). Just lying still for 20 minutes. When I came out of it, I was astonished how good my body felt. For the first time ever, I felt at home in my body (I still get goosebumps when I remember that).
I went from there to living/volunteering every winter at Kripalu Yoga Center. In 2000, they gave me a scholarship to become a certified yoga teacher (200-hour level). Several times per year, I offer yoga classes for trauma survivors and for mental health professionals. And I practice yoga almost every day.
And the professional highlights . . .
I am a licensed clinical social worker in both New Jersey and New York. I got my Bachelors and Masters degrees from the State University of New York. I have a post-graduate certificate in Advanced Child Maltreatment Studies from the New Jersey Child Abuse Training Institute. I am certified in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing).
Another healing tool I use is pet therapy. Ria (in the photo) is a dog that I adopted from Horsecreek Farm and Wildlife Sanctuary in Tennessee. Her duties are:
Now a gigantic plug for Horsecreek. They do amazing work for unwanted and/or abused dogs – read about it here.
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