Offering you support along your path of life….
About My Work
Here you will find life-changing approaches to liberate you from old patterns and to set you more firmly on the path of your Soul going forward.
From Counseling to Hypnotherapy, to Integrative Healing approaches that can deepen and further empower your process, to Soul Work and Workshops, you can discover which of these approaches resonates most deeply with you.
I have a Master’s degree in Psychology and am a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist. From 1990 to 2016 I worked as a Counselor through the Rosewood Institute, an Oregon State Certified Outpatient Counseling, and Mental Health Center, where over 10 years I served first as its Assistant Director and eventually its Director.
I work well with people of all ethnicities, lifestyles, and faiths, and with those who do not embrace a formal faith.
Having taught children from 5-18 years of age, I also work well with young people, and with young adults, on up to and through mid-life and all the way to elder, which I now am myself.
At this point in my life, I look back on my Life’s Work, spanning decades, and I feel deeply called to deliver the legacy pieces of all that I have gathered to deeply enrich and empower the lives of others. Through my ongoing and even expanding work with clients, mentoring, and Transformational Teaching I commit to doing just that.
I welcome working with you!
To get started: Call to book an appointment, or to schedule a 20-minute free consult.
How My Life Journey Has Informed My Work
After much soul searching, I discovered my soul’s calling was Healing in l973. I dedicated all my gifts and talents to serve that purpose. To fulfill that mission, I have gathered key tools and approaches over decades to empower the lasting healing and transformation of all those I work with.
And not knowing yet what all my talents and gifts might be, I eventually was also led to create healing and uplifting original Music, which now is widely appreciated in 2 recordings. And in 1996 I was guided to create, host and produce a TV Show and Video series, entitled Life Passages, The Soul’s Journey, now in its 23rd year, to empower and nourish the souls of those locally and around the world who view it and who listen to its Inspiring Content and Transformative Talks.
The heart, artistry, and collaboration it has taken to write lyrics, melodies, and to co-arrange, record, and perform my music with others has woven its way into how I guide my sessions and classes. Sensitivity to the greater whole, attunement to the souls I work with and co-create the sessions or classes with them, as we honor the themes and issues they bring and their own unique ways of being and unfolding, and I and they tap into just the right ways forward for them.
Deep, compassionate listening is the key. From there much magic and grounded change can unfold.
And in the improvisational nature of the counseling and teaching work, I find my innate improviser often opens to just the right approaches and avenues forward for those I work within any given session or class.
My innate intuitive nature and my deep compassion and responsiveness yet strength and wisdom honed over decades of life experience and grounded spiritual study come into play in the work I do.
As a mother and grandmother, partner, daughter, sister, friend, collaborator, co-creator, colleague, and cousin I have grown in love and in listening and presencing through my relationships with those I love. Their presence in my life has grown me greatly. And I am grateful.
And my attunement to nature, which has drawn me into my own deeper nature, has been a huge support and resource.
This time in my life feels like a rich harvest of works well done, lessons learned and a life well-lived. And I am so glad to share the fruits of all that with you! As I provide a field in which you can blossom. At any age.
My Teachers and Teachings
From my Mother and Father, to my 6th and 7th grade teacher, to my high school English and Art teachers, to my Great Uncle, the first enlightened person I had ever known, who was the leader of the Ethical Culture Society in New York, to my friends and loved ones and on to Spiritual Teachers and Teachers of Healing and Transformative Arts, my Teachers and their Teachings and Teachings I have received from key books, have had a big influence on my life and works. And I draw upon them to this day in both my life and in my work. And I deeply thank them.
I look forward to sharing more with you about my Spiritual Teachers, Teachings, and teachers of the healing arts who have impacted me and my work.
For now I will simply list here the key spiritual paths and teachings that have impacted my life and still do: Mystical Christianity, Ethical Culture, Buddhism – Both Zen and Tibetan Buddhism, The Sufi Path, Native American Spirituality, Shamanism, The Course in Miracles, The Way of Mastery, Attitudinal Healing, New Thought Christianity, Nature Mysticism and more.
Some of my key Spiritual Teachers have been Henry Newman, Evelyn Eaton, Stephen Foster, and Meredith Little, Goenka, Chagdud Rinpoche, Khentrul Rinpoche, Lama Drimed, Robert Aitken, Soen Su Nim, Grandmother Agnes Pilgrim, and others.
I thank them all deeply.
Special trainings that still inform my work on a regular and frequent basis have been:
As I mentioned elsewhere, this work continues to be an integral part of my work, in helping people works with the Parts of themselves towards greater integration, inner peace and living from Soul.
Person-Centered Expressive Therapy Institute Training and Certification.
Founded and directed by Natalie Rogers, daughter of Carl Rogers, grandfather, and luminary of the Humanistic Psychology movement. I taught on the staff of this Institute its first 2 summers, along with Carl Rogers, Natalie Rogers, and her daughter and others, in l985 and 1986, teaching the transformative use of Sound and Movement and was Certified as a Person-Centered Expressive Therapist. Personal expression and creativity are vital to our wholeness and vibrancy and a powerful doorway to transformation and healing,
Humanistic Hypnotherapy Institute Certification Training by Frances Hailman.
I was certified by her in 1988 and soon became a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist as well. Hypnotherapy is one of the core approaches I draw upon and is often deeply transformative in ways that are core and lasting for those I work with.
Tapas Acupressure Technique – TAT
A body, mind, spirit approach that is especially helpful in shifting people out of negative patterns of response, thinking, self-talk, and feeling into more resourceful and resilient responses. It is an approach that adds greatly to the progress of many clients in their personal work in sessions. And it can become an invaluable resource for those clients who are willing to learn its simple method for use at home. I am glad to teach its use to those who wish to learn and apply it. It is not for everyone, but often a key to transformation for those who respond well to it. I took this training in the early 2000s and have integrated it into my practice seamlessly, with great results for many clients.
Conscious Uncoupling Coach
Trained and Certified as a Conscious Uncoupling Coach in 2016 by Kathryn Woodward Thomas, author of the best selling book Conscious Uncoupling. Conscious Uncoupling is an empowering and steadying process that can help individuals, and on occasion couples, moving towards or through a breakup or divorce to navigate that transition with greater ease, grace, and heart, while facing feelings and pain, and owning their own part in the process and what led to it. It also helps people learn to heal early deficits and wounds that may be triggered by the separation process or may have led to it. Kindness to self and to the other and any children impacted by this transition is cultivated in the process. And learning to support oneself by tapping into one’s own wider, deeper core and its compassion and wisdom.
My Early Work – Teaching and Healing
Early on, from l969-l974, I taught High School in Oakland, California, and soon learned there to teach the students “on a beam of love,” and to see and evoke the Soul in each young person in each class. I was instrumental in co-creating and writing the grant proposal to create the first School Within a School High School within the Oakland Public Schools. I loved teaching in it during the brief time it was in existence. And to this day I love working with young people, who seem to need all the support they can get in our challenging times. In the absence of any kind of Right of Passage for most teens into adulthood, I have found ways to empower young people to more and more fully live true to their souls.
Since l975, when I began doing healing work professionally, I have been dedicated to awakening the Spirit and to the healing of Body, Mind, Emotions, and Soul.
Since then I have learned so much from all my teachers, my clients and my students in my Workshops and Trainings, and from all of Life.
And I learn so much from the work itself – ever-changing, ever-deepening. Ever new and ever-renewing.
I began my healing work as a Spiritual Healer and Spiritual Counselor in l973. And I became a minister in a Spiritual Healing Church that year.
From 1975 on I taught courses in Spiritual Healing, Energy Healing, and Self-Healing modalities. That year I also began working as an Energy Healer and Self-Healing Coach at a Wholistic Health Center with a group of both Traditional Medical and Alternative and Complementary Medicine Practitioners.
Synchronously that was the same year I married my partner, who worked with me as a Spiritual Healer, and who also worked as a massage therapist at the Wholistic Health Center. And later that same year our son was born. A pivotal year all around!
In 1977 I began teaching CEU trainings for nurses in Therapeutic Touch and Visualization for Healing throughout the Bay Area. In the 2 years that followed, I taught 60 such trainings.
From 1976-1978 I was trained in Psychosynthesis, a time-honored Transpersonal Therapy modality, one of the first, where I learned the power of working with Parts of people, including myself. Learning how to navigate the array of unique Sub-Personalities we each have, and how they impact us. And incorporating skillful ways for my clients and my students to mediate between conflicted parts of themselves and to help each part rise into its Higher Self or deepen into its Soul aspects. To eventually become more integrated. This training emphasized and gave pathways to Living from Soul, which I had always been a key part of healing and well-being.
In fact, I often spoke of the fact that I “elicited the Soul” in all of those I worked with…And I felt that was important.
As of 1978, I began teaching Tools for Transformation, a course based largely on Psychosynthesis.
In the Spring of 1979, I was trained in Hypnotherapy in a Hypnotherapy Training for Marriage Family Child Therapists led by the legendary Frieda Morris, Author and Master Hypnotherapist.
Then from 1979-1981, I lived in Hawaii, teaching Spiritual Healing at Unity Church in Honolulu, and a Course on Visualization for Healing at the University of Hawaii in Manoa. In Hawaii, I trained Nurses in Therapeutic Touch on Oahu, Maui, Molokai, and Kauai. In 1980 I was asked to come to Maui Community College School of Nursing, a Division of the University of Hawaii School of Nursing, to create and teach a longer more in-depth course which I entitled The Nurse as Healer. It incorporated Therapeutic Touch, Energy Healing, and Stress Reduction, Burnout Prevention, and Self-Healing Modalities, including Visualization for Healing.
Eventually, back on the Mainland, I based my Master’s Thesis for my M.A. in Psychology on the training I had developed and taught as The Nurse as Healer on Maui, and at Hospitals in Oahu. My thesis showed how training in these healing arts lessened the burnout and stress of nurses and re-infused them with fresh inspiration about their calling as a healer in their nursing role. In addition to making them often more effective in lessening the pain and stress of their patients.
I received my Master’s Degree in Psychology from Sonoma State College in California in June of l983.
And that fall I moved to Southern Oregon.
I have lived a fairly multi-cultural life. From the ages of 10-12, I lived with my parents and sister in London, England where my father worked and where I made deep friendships and had a life-changing teacher for 2 years in a row. 2 cousins from France lived with us and I picked up French from them. When I was 11 we visited family in Scotland and later traveled to France and then Switzerland.
Then at 12 before we returned to the U.S. we traveled to Italy, Holland, Austria, and Spain
My Early Life
I have lived a fairly multi-cultural life. After an early childhood in Wisconsin on a lake, living with my mother, my aunt, uncle, and 2 older cousins while my Dad was in the War, my Dad returned and we moved to the Virginia side of Washington D.C. and I went to an alternative elementary school on a farm. The school had a multicultural focus. From the ages of 10-12, I lived with my parents and sister in London, England where my father worked, and where I made deep friendships and had a life-changing teacher for 2 years in a row. 2 cousins from France lived with us there and I picked up French from them. When I was 11 we visited family in Scotland, and later traveled to France and then Switzerland.
Then at 12 before we returned to the U.S. we traveled to Italy, Holland, Austria, and Spain
When I was 19 and 20, I lived in France and attended the Sorbonne in Paris and studied painting. I worked there as an Au Pair in a French family, taking care of their 3 children.
Then I transferred to the University of California in Berkeley in l963, just as the counter culture and the protest movement were getting going. And I graduated with a B.A. from Berkeley, in Comparative Literature and as a visual artist, I almost got an MFA in Art there as well.
As a fluent French speaker and writer, I got a job as a secretary in the French Department at U.C. Berkeley and later worked as the Graduate Secretary of the French Department, and then as a Research Assistant to two French professors. I then worked at Berkeley’s Educational Opportunity Program, which empowered promising minority students with educational deficits to succeed at U.C. Berkeley. At first, I was working as an outreach person from the program to minority students at the Richmond high school, John F. Kennedy, and then as a Tutor for college students of color within the program at U.C. Berkeley, specializing in coaching them with their writing and English. (Later in early l975 I worked as a Tutor again at Laney Community College in Oakland at their Educational Opportunity Program).
I eventually got a teaching credential from U.C. Berkeley, which led to my teaching in Oakland.
During that whole time, I was working and spending a lot of time with people of color, and ethnic diversity through my job and my connections with other creatives.
I have also spent time in several Spanish speaking countries and stayed for some months in Spain and in Guatemala and picked up quite a bit of Spanish over the years, as I traveled to areas of Mexico as well and eventually Peru.
To be continued…