So let’s start with the fun stuff.
- I love to laugh.
- Outside in summer + by the fireplace in winter = happiness.
- I believe that each one of us is here to do something unique and spectacular.
- I’m highly intuitive and a highly sensitive person.
- I also believe that it’s OK to love and accept all of yourself, all of the time ( … yes, even then).
I come from a long line of women healers. My mother is a nurse. My maternal great-grandmother healed with sewing and music. 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 child born into a Irish-Scottish middle-class family, just east of Manhattan. Not only was I shy, but 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 began writing stories, plays and poems. It gave me a safe perch to watch the world.
After college, I become a journalist at a daily newspaper in upstate New York. Deep down though, I didn’t like myself. I was plagued by feelings of doubt and inadequacy, and I didn’t seem to fit in the world. I tried all the usual stuff to cover it up and self-medicate. Before long, 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 also brought my life to a complete halt. I lost my job, my house, most of my possessions and my independence. I moved back in with my parents, who had relocated from just outside of Manhattan to the eastern-most rural 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. Many days, I did not think I’d survive or wanted to.
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 turned my focus to healing my body. I also learned how to heal my relationship with myself. I reconnected with my family. 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 an outlet to the places inside me 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 hours on the North Fork’s beaches and farms, and swam in Long Island Sound and Peconic Bay. I slowly began to re-imagine a future for myself.
All of these things were completely transformative. 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 have 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.
In addition, I’ve studied:
- Art therapy
- Chakras and the energy body
- Intuition development
- Tarot Card reading
- Essential Oils
- Whole organic foods/diet
- Shamanism and journeying
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. Click here to read about Horsecreek Farm.
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.
For more on the benefits of dog therapy, click here.
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