Institute for Clinical Social Work, PhD Training in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
Florida State University, Masters in Clinical Social Work
University of Florida, B.A. in Anthropology
Tammy began practicing psychotherapy in 2004 at the VA Medical System where she held various clinical, leadership, coordinator and development positions. In 2010 she started a traditional psychodynamic private practice that evolved into psychospirituality.
For the last 6 years, motherhood has been her psycho-spiritual path. Having babies brought her into an embodiment phase of awakening. Prior to becoming a mama, she had over a decade of personal psychoanalysis and profound spiritual awakenings along a path of contemporary non-duality. Mothering has taught her how much spiritual awakening has to do with the heart and the whole physical body. Mothering has deepened her appreciation of non-duality by making it more visceral.
Mothering taught her that Consciousness can be experienced in the sensations of the body. Our physical bodies are sense organs of Divine Awareness and every sensation is sacred. Mothering made her more real and showed her how much shadow can remain after profound spiritual realizations.
Bonding with her children has opened her heart and taught her a sacred energetic lesson of balancing strength and openness. The difference between knowing that she loves her children and truly loving them is a divine balance of power and surrender that expands her heart endlessly.
Opportunities for spiritual growth in Tammy’s attachment relationships are endless. The frictions that arise around intimacy and attachments are disturbing blessings. These energies heal and transmute her psychological and karmic knots. She experiences the sacred more profoundly in her human attachments and feels that being fully human is essential for holistic, embodied spiritual maturity.
As her kids move out of their toddler years, she is ecstatic to have more space to practice, and stretch into writing a book, offering spiritual friendship in her private practice, and teach her new work on the Ecstatic Enneagram.
Tammy is LGBTQ+ supportive. Many of her closest family, friends, mentors, counselors and spiritual teachers are members of the LGBTQ+ community. Authenticity at every level is essential to happiness and freedom. She’s had the opportunity to help friends in this community make peace with the past, release unsupportive relationships, and become empowered to embody authenticity.
THE ECSTATIC ENNEGRAM
Tammy has been studying the Enneagram for over 20 years and teaching it for 6. She was first exposed to the Enneagram in her teens when her mother studied with Oscar Ichazo in his Arica School. In her 20s, Tammy studied extensively with her mother and numerous other masters, particularly Tom Condon and Eli Jaxon-Bear.
In 2013, Tammy envisioned and founded the Enneagram School of Asheville (now the Enneagram School of Awakening) with her mother. They taught as a team for 5 years and then decided to differentiate their work.
Over the last 2 years, Tammy has been developing her new work on essence and sacred perception - The Ecstatic Enneagram. She is working on a book about spiritual awakening and the Enneagram, and she is ecstatic to share these workshops on her new, unique, and provocative material!
MY MYSTICAL-SPIRITUAL PATH
Tammy grew up in a “new-age” culture - natural lifestyles, astrology, the enneagram, eastern religions and subtle energy realms were normal. She always felt a deep sense of her own presence and this helped to quicken her spiritual path later in life.
Around 19 she came out of a protective fog and discovered a profound desire to be more conscious and to explore Consciousness. Being more conscious made her realize how deeply she had been disheartened by the stress and trauma of life.
At that time, Tammy’s mother invited her to explore spirituality, which ignited a year of intense spiritual practice. During this period, she experienced a series of intense and profound spiritual awakenings - including a major awakening to nondual Consciousness. This freedom drew her to enter a graduate program in counseling.
After graduate school she started doing silent retreats with a powerful spiritual teacher. During these retreats Tammy had deep realizations of divine wisdom, which deepened her earlier spiritual experiences. Around this time, she moved with her husband to San Francisco and the bay area spiritual community more fully opened her heart. All the spiritual teachers she had been reading and watching online for over a decade were at her fingertips and she attended retreats and spiritual meetings at every chance.
In San Francisco, she met a teacher with a heart-centered style. She sat with him individually for a year and her heart center opened well beyond any previous awakening experiences. She had no idea there was so much love and expansion possible in the heart center - She had no idea her heart center was “asleep” before meeting him.
Being with spiritual communities in the bay area and having an integral role in one particular community was beyond Tammy’s dreams - she felt so at home. But she and her husband wanted to settle and start a family in a slower place so they moved to Asheville NC.
This is when life itself and ordinary human experience really became her teacher. Her son, Eli, opened her heart even wider - she was immersed in love with him for 2 years - by far the most beautiful experience of her life. When Eli was just over 2, his sister Olive was born at home in a beautifully conscious and powerful space. Through Olive Tammy’s path has become brighter, stronger, and has taken a divine feminine orientation.
Tammy is devoted to integrating spiritual truth into all dimensions of her life - becoming brighter and brighter - and sharing her heart as fully and powerfully as possible.