I have learned through the simple, daily practices of yoga, meditation and breathwork how to be gentle with myself, to use self-care practices to return to balance and good health, and to accept myself as both fully human and fully divine.
I am a fully licensed Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC), Certified Yoga Instructor (RYT 200), Meditation Teacher, Certified Peer Support Specialist (CPSS), NAMI Family Support Group Facilitator, and trained breathwork facilitator. I am also a person in long-term recovery, a trauma-survivor and someone who has been in spiritual emergency. My primary passion is bringing trauma-sensitive, evidence-based, somatic mindfulness and self-compassion practices to those 1) experiencing spiritual emergency, 2) recovering from substance misuse and eating disorders, and 3) those dealing with the effects of trauma.
My personal journey took me deep into the throes of active addiction and incarceration on a drug arrest, and my two years behind bars were mostly spent in the notorious Attica Prison where I survived a rebellion in 1971 that killed 43 inmates and employees. As a trauma survivor, my personal healing and recovery and how I work with others has always been guided by deep understanding and compassion. Since becoming a counselor, I have taught and led groups in numerous treatment and recovery facilities and guided numerous series classes, workshops, and retreats. I regularly present workshops at conferences addressing addiction recovery, plus teach mindfulness practices to professionals within mental health facilities. I have worked with many individuals one-on-one, both online and face-to-face.
I began doing yoga in the early 70s while in prison and began meditating in the early ’80s. Since then I have lived in two Buddhist retreat centers and studied, practiced, and participated in numerous retreats in Asia, Europe, and the U.S. with a wide range of Eastern and Western meditation teachers, including H.H. Dalai Lama and Thich Nhat Hanh, spending the equivalent of two years in retreat setting. Though my roots have been in Buddhism, my style of teaching and counseling is secular and easily accessible to anyone regardless of their beliefs, or lack of experience.
How I work with clients
Our program is based on a simple three-pronged approach, with complementary practices that help you develop resilience, flexibility, self-compassion, and effective mood management. Our approach includes:
Somatic Mindfulness Meditation
You will learn how to tune into your embodied, or felt sense experience. This includes your posture, your breath, the level of tension in your body, and the subtle ways that your emotional experience makes your whole body feel. This tuning-in process helps you befriend your body and mind, and then make wise choices when under stress.
You will learn Therapeutic Movement, an evidence-based healing program of gentle, body-centered movement, designed to reclaim and revitalize bodies suffering from trauma, addiction, injury, or illness. It is appropriate for all fitness levels.
You will learn breathing techniques that calm the body and clear the mind. This practice is powerfully effective for working with addiction, trauma, depression, and anxiety. This can strengthen your immune system and increase your sense of aliveness and overall ease.
We offer customized, holistic online support tailored to your individual needs and goals. We focus on the whole of you – mind, body, and spirit – so that every part of you is on board and synchronized for recovery.
You will learn how to mindfully respond to life stressors, rather than automatically react in old, habitual patterns. You will discover the freedom that comes when your mood and quality of life are not so much determined by what happens to you, as by how you interpret and relate to life circumstances.
We are also trained in working with individuals who have experienced trauma in their lives. We understand how deeply these wounds run, and we honor and respect the care required to help survivors feels safe and heard.
Choose from daily, 3-days-per-week, or once-a-week personalized mentoring sessions
Personal meditation instruction and support for home practice
Guided audio meditation, personalized for you
Guided sleep support audio
Virtual office hours for rapid personal assistance
A wide range of additional resources