Let’s start with the fun stuff (but scroll down, if credentials are your thing).
- I love to laugh.
- Outside in summer + by my fireplace in winter = happiness.
- I believe in crazy good self-care, the healing powers of dark chocolate, telling the truth, and showing up 100%.
- It’s OK to love all of yourself, all of the time ( …yes, even then).
I come from a long line of women healers. My mother is a nurse (and one of the nicest people I’ve ever known). My great-grandmother healed with sewing and music. She was even 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 child born into a big Irish-Scottish middle-class extended family. Not only was I shy, I was also super-sensitive and 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 began writing stories, plays and poems, because it gave me a safe perch to watch the world.
After college, I become a journalist at a daily newspaper in upstate New York, and I loved it. Meanwhile, I was not liking myself very much and had no clue how to. Sure enough, my body had its perfect way of making me stop and heal this part. It wasn’t long before I came down with a severe bout of Repetitive Strain Injury. It side-lined my writing career and brought my life to a painful grinding halt. It was a dark, depressing time. Some days, I did not think I’d survive. I lost my job, my apartment and my independence. I moved back in with my parents, who had relocated to the North Fork of Long Island … about a mile from where my great-grandmother lived and where I spent summers as a child.
It was there that I slowly began to heal. While I worked on healing my body, I also learned how to reconnect inside and heal my relationship with myself. I began to understand my sensitivity and how to work with it. I walked for hours on the beaches, farms and woods and began to imagine a future for myself. With lots of help, I went back to school for a graduate degree in social work, so that I could step into my lineage as a healer.
Today, I work with beautiful, brilliant women to help them heal and have lives they love.
And the professional highlights . . .
I have helped hundreds of women, ages 5 to 75, heal from sexual abuse, physical abuse, death of a loved one, complications from giving birth, accidents … just to name a few traumatic events that a person can live through. I have undergraduate and graduate degrees from the State University of New York. I’m a licensed clinical social worker in New Jersey and New York. I learned EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) in 2006 and became certified in 2010. I earned a post-graduate certificate in Child Maltreatment from the New Jersey Child Abuse Training Institute. I’m also a registered yoga teacher (200-hour level) and self-taught artist. In addition, I’ve extensively studied energy medicine, intuition development and Tarot reading. I love to bring together traditional healing tools with alternative stuff and am constantly developing/learning.
Another healing tool I use is pet therapy. Ria (below) is an adult dog that I adopted from Horsecreek Farm and Wildlife Sanctuary in Tennessee (click here to read about their great work). She is a graduate of the Make Sit Happen training in Hillsborough, NJ.
Ria’s duties are:
- Greeting 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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