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For me, becoming a therapist means weaving together many threads that have been part of my being for a long time. I grew up in the foothills of northern California on Nisenan Native land, nurtured by magnificent oaks, golden grasses, fertile earth, and artist parents. My relationship to the spiritual realm started early on, as I found myself part of nature’s ecosystem, brimming with life and mystery. So did my relationship to creativity, as I made things with my hands, indulged my curiosity, and immersed myself in the world of the senses. 

 

My personal practice of yoga has been an important part of my life since I was 12 years old. What initially seemed like more of a physical practice when I was younger gradually revealed itself to be so much more: a practice for living life and connecting with the voice of Spirit. I left my parents’ home at 17 to study Art and Design at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, which included a year of studying art and language in Florence, Italy. After my undergraduate studies, I spent time living in San Francisco and Santa Barbara, becoming intimate with food, wine, and people, working in fine-dining restaurants, and trying, without much success, to find my purpose. It was a revelatory time, a sensuous time, a time of intrapersonal connection, and also a time of dualities—the tension of whirlwindy, late-night city life and a yearning for more consistent union with the natural world and the energies therein. 

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I eventually found myself back on the healing land where I grew up, which held me as I sought clarity with my life’s journey. It was there, after years of youthful extravagance and the ignoring of my body’s needs, that I was able to attune to the subtlety of my body, begin to honor my inner world through dreamwork and introspection, and get in touch with my soul’s yearnings. 

 

Eventually I found myself in Portland, Oregon, which happens to be the location where my maternal ancestors settled directly after immigrating to the United States from Europe. I honor that the land of Portland is the land of the Multnomah, Kathlamet, Clackamas, Tumwater, Tualatin Kalapuya, Wasco, Molalla, Cowlitz and Watlala bands of the Chinook, and many other Tribes who made their homes along the Columbia River. When I look back, moving to Portland seems to mark a shift in my life toward a dedication to the healing arts. I began studying plant spirit medicine, magic and ritual, and later hatha yoga and yoga therapy. My experience studying and integrating these healing modalities organically led me to study depth psychology. It felt like the missing piece. I have journeyed to this moment to offer my experience, creating space for others to heal, grow, and develop their relationships with themselves.

 

I continue to be a dedicated student of the healing arts, and of life itself. I find joy in connections with friends, family, and community. My relationship to the earth and her wisdom keeps me grounded and humble. My heart loves art-making, cooking, being in my body, reveling in nature, nurturing my relationships, and connecting with beauty.

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  • M.A., Counseling Psychology, Meridian University, Petaluma, CA

  • 1 Year Clinical Internship, M.E.T.A. Counseling Clinic, Portland, OR

  • Hakomi Professional Skills Training, M.E.T.A. Institute, Portland, OR

  • Reclaiming Our Lives, Reclaiming Our Earth, BodySoul Rhythms Intensive, Phoenicia, NY

  • 300 Hour Yoga Therapy Training, DAYA Foundation, Portland, OR

  • 200 Hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training, Ritam Healing Arts, Ojai, CA

  • Plant Spirit Medicine, The School of Forest Medicine, Portland, OR

  • Herbalism, The School of Traditional Western Herbalism, Portland, OR

  • Magic and Ritual, Blue Iris Mystery School, Portland, OR

  • Flower Essences, Catherine Abby Rich, Larkspur, CA

  • Restorative Yoga, Judith Hanson Lasater, San Francisco, CA

  • Painting and Drawing, l’Accademia di Belle Arti, Florence, Italy

  • B.F.A., Art and Design, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA 

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