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
My work is about connection and spiritual friendship. I bring my deepest truth and invite you to share your deepest authenticity.
My work is my way of nudging the planet into a new feminine age of Consciousness - an emerging collective of compassionate power.
I have studied and practiced many spiritual and mystical traditions and I understand the ways psychology and spirituality overlap. I am always honing my techniques to more effectively empower sacred authenticity, wisdom and love.
I began practicing psychotherapy in 2004 during my first graduate internship when I was 24 years old. In 2006 I began an 8 year journey working at 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 psycho-spiritual orientation. In 2013, I co-founded The Enneagram School of Asheville.
Around the time of my son’s birth in 2013 I decided to integrate my spirituality into my work. I began to talk about spirituality with clients and share some of my experiences with studying Consciousness. I began to study and practice transpersonal hypnosis and sound healing, which is now a unique and powerful aspect of my practice. My work feels so much richer and more authentic these days - Consciousness is my work and my psychotherapy roots are beautifully included in the process.
MAMA & WIFE
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 many years of personal psychoanalysis and many profound sacred realizations along a spiritual path of contemporary non-duality. Mothering has shown me how much psycho-spiritual awakening has to do with the heart and the whole physical body. Mothering has deepened my appreciation for 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 actively loving them is a fierce spiritual practice - 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 and growth.
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.
SPIRITUAL BACKGROUND & PATH
I grew up in a spiritual new-age sub-culture. Early on I had experiences with energy and subtle realms, which my mother supported. I saw auras around people and subtle energy beings until about 6 years old. I've always been sensitive to energy fields within and around people. I have always felt a sense of presence within myself that seemed changeless - timeless.
Around 19 I began to come 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 quickly experienced a series of intense and profound spiritual awakenings. This freedom drew me to enter a graduate program in counseling - it was the first time I knew something about myself with confidence - I knew that I wanted to deepen and share this freedom for the rest of my life.
After graduate school I had an important spiritual teacher named Jac O' Keeffe. During her retreats I had deep realizations of divine wisdom, which helped me deepen into the initial spiritual experiences from my early 20s. Around this time, I moved with my husband to San Francisco and the spiritual community in the bay area grabbed my heart. All the spiritual teachers I had been reading and watching online for over a decade were at my fingertips. We had no children yet and were making enough money to go on retreats and spiritual meetings constantly.
Through the teachings of Adyashanti, I met Jon Bernie a contemporary spiritual teacher with a heartfelt style. I sat with Jon Bernie 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 even “asleep” before meeting Jon.
Being with spiritual communities in the bay area and having an integral role with Jon Bernie (as his assistant for a brief time) 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 teacher. My son, Elijah Bodhi 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 Eli was just over 2, my little surprise - Olive Soleil was born at home in a beautifully conscious and powerful space. With Olive my path became brighter and stronger.
The sacred feminine direction of my path and work is most certainly from the grace of my fierce little girl who asserted herself in our family and awakened power and clarity on my path. May she always recognize her inner light and the powerful beauty she is.
Today I am devoted to integrating my spiritual truth into all dimensions of my life - bringing it out of the shadows more and more - and sharing my heart as fully and powerfully as possible.