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
I began practicing psychotherapy in 2004 during an internship when I was 24 years old. In 2006 I began an 8 year journey working at the VA Medical System in various clinical, leadership, coordinator and development positions. In 2010 I started a psychodynamic private practice that has evolved into my current psychospiritual orientation.
In 2013 my son was born and I decided to integrate spirituality into my work. I began to talk about spirituality with clients and share some of my direct experiences. Gradually, Consciousness became powerfully integrated in my psychotherapy practice - as one truly inclusive process.
MAMA & PARTNER
For the last 5 years, early motherhood has been my psycho-spiritual path. Having babies brought me into an embodiment phase of psycho-spiritual awakening. Prior to this phase I had over a decade of personal psychoanalysis and profound spiritual awakenings along a path of contemporary non-duality. Mothering has shown me how much spiritual awakening has to do with the heart and the whole physical body. Mothering has deepened my appreciation of non-duality by making it more visceral.
Mothering has shown me that Consciousness can be experienced as physical sensation and emotion - that spiritual awakening is so much more than big realizations. Mothering has made me more real and shown me how much shadow can remain in the unconscious after profound spiritual realizations.
Bonding with my children has opened my heart and taught me a sacred energetic lesson of balancing strength and openness. The difference between knowing that I love my children and truly loving them is a divine balance of power and surrender that expands my heart endlessly.
Opportunities for spiritual growth in my partnership are endless. The frictions between us are disturbing blessings. These energies heal and transmute my psychological and karmic knots. I didn't always understand my partnership is an integral part of my spiritual path and I bypassed opportunities for spiritual growth. I'm realizing more and more how VERY important psychological attachment and intimacy are for spiritual healing, personal growth, and an enlightened heart.
As my kids move into and out of their toddler years, I love having a bit more space to breath, practice, and stretch into my work outside the home.
MY SPIRITUAL PATH
I grew up in a “new-age” culture - natural lifestyles, astrology, the enneagram, eastern religions and subtle energy realms were normal. I always felt a deep sense of my own presence and this helped to quicken my spiritual path later in life.
Around 19 I came out of a protective fog and discovered a profound desire to be more conscious and to explore Consciousness. Being more conscious made me realize how deeply I had been disheartened by the stress and trauma of life. At that time, my mom invited me to explore spirituality and I began a year-long period of awakening through asceticism. During this period, I experienced a series of intense and profound spiritual awakenings - including a major awakening to nondual Consciousness. This freedom drew me to enter a graduate program in counseling.
After graduate school I started doing silent retreats with an important spiritual teacher. During her retreats I had deep realizations of divine wisdom, which deepened my earlier spiritual experiences. Around this time, I moved with my husband to San Francisco and the bay area spiritual community grabbed my heart. All the spiritual teachers I had been reading and watching online for over a decade were at my fingertips and I attended retreats and spiritual meetings at every chance.
Through a well known contemporary spiritual teacher, I met a lesser known teacher with a heartfelt style. I sat with him individually for a year and my heart center opened well beyond any previous awakening experiences. I had no idea there was so much love and expansion possible in the heart center - I had no idea my 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 my dreams - I felt so at home. But my husband and I wanted to settle and have a child in a slower place so we moved to Asheville NC and began our family.
This is when life itself and ordinary human experience really became my teacher. My son opened my heart even wider - I was immersed in love with him for 2 years, which was by far the most beautiful experience of my life. When he was just over 2, my surprise daughter was born at home in a beautifully conscious and powerful space. Through Olive my path has become brighter, stronger, and has taken a divine feminine orientation.
I am devoted to integrating my spiritual truth into all dimensions of my life - bringing it into light more and more - and sharing my heart as fully and powerfully as possible.