After a long career as a massage therapist and international massage instructor, I realized my desire to expand my career into counseling. I completed my Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the Union Institute and University. I now work with Restoring Hope Counseling and Coaching as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and trainer specializing in working with those who have or are experiencing trauma, infertility, anxiety and grief.
For many years, I have studied the Polyvagal Theory and use it as the base of my work in helping those who have experienced trauma. I have developed a mapping system to aid others in understanding their reactions to others, their past and current experiences and how to heal and move forward.
I bring a long history of service with new families to the counseling field. I work with women, couples and families as they deal with struggles and mood disorders. I also work with those experiencing anxiety, struggles with their self-esteem and grief. My focus as a massage therapist was women experiencing infertility, pregnancy and postpartum times as well as teaching infant massage.
As an Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Trained Clinician, I assist people in moving from post-traumatic stress to post-traumatic growth. The EMDR process can help individuals unhook the intense emotions from the memory of the experience and reduce the effects of trauma.