about the tools
Each effort, each moment
of processing, of honoring, of truly seeing, acknowledging, releasing judgement, exploring, looking deeper, searching in the shadows, being real with ourselves about what we find, playing with it, releasing, letting go, and then implementing actions which contribute to our growth and purpose in life... each
has a ripple effect....
My passion is giving you tools and support to empower yourself in your healing and growth process.
The eclectic mix of practices that I work with include Reiki, meditation, sound healing, Transformational Coaching, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Somatic Psychology, Food As Medicine, as well as other tools like art-making, chanting, drumming, Tarot, astrology, yoga, movement, as desired.... To read more details about any of these modalities, see below.
Because we are creatures of habit & conditioning, I offer a variety of tools in a creative and customized way, in order to in order to find the practices which resonate with you the most. I offer holistic, long-lasting, & sometimes ongoing therapeutic support on all levels, and with each session, send you back out into your life set up for success in living your best life every day. Occasionally, I may refer you to a fellow practitioner for complimentary treatment such as acupuncture, massage, craniosacral therapy, etc.
Sometimes we have to come at an issue from a number of different angles in order to learn what we are supposed to learn from it, shift, and move on....
We all have something we are working through, whether we are recovering from childhood trauma or other emotional wounds, battling fear, trying to unravel unhealthy conditioning and limiting beliefs, trying to shift something in the way we relate to ourselves or others, or just trying to find peace with where we are & manifest the next phase in our lives.
The Truth is inside You.
We are creatures of habit, and some of the karmic patterns we are working through run deep, and often are perhaps older than this lifetime. Additionally, ancestral trauma is embedded in our DNA.
The good news is - neuroplasticity - the brain's ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections throughout life. Neuroplasticity allows the neurons (nerve cells) in the brain to compensate for injury and disease and to adjust their activities in response to new situations or to changes in their environment.
Meditation, mind-body skills, mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Somatic Awareness, and sound healing all help you to rewire your brain and reset your DNA, reprogram your response to certain stimuli, uncover all the layers that conceal the soul, and get to the Truth of who you are so that you can live your most fulfilling life.
No matter where you are in your life right now, or where you 'want to be', it's all about Perspective, and the stories that you tell yourself....
Feeling stagnant or stuck but not sure why?
Thinking you'll finally be happy if only ____ happens?
Finding yourself caught up in your own mind, disconnected from your body, and your higher Self?
Are you manifesting some type of imbalance - emotional, mental, physical, energetic, even spiritual - and looking for alternative or complimentary/integrative modalities for healing and growth?
Or, are you actually feeling pretty happy in your life overall, and simply ready for active support in manifesting the next big Shift in your life? Maybe you're ready to turbocharge your personal evolution, or you're searching for deeper meaning and fulfillment in your life.
Perhaps, you're a mother, or a father, tired of the status quo, looking for a different kind of support for yourself and/or your children - support that nurtures the whole child, truly bolsters their overall health, free of labels & boxes, and offers suggestions for natural alternatives to conventional ways of dealing with 'mental health.'
Our socio-emotional health is just as important as our physical health, and in fact, they are connected and influence one another!
I love to work with children, families, and couples as well. (And ask about Reiki for your pets!)
If you are looking for something beyond the status quo... you are in the right place:
alternatives (&/or compliment) to mainstream therapeutic practices, for yourself, a loved one, your family;
holistic therapeutic support for yourself &/or your children that caters to mental and emotional intelligence, as well as spiritual, if desired;
guidance with cultivating healthy eating habits;
help exploring alternatives to the largely toxic and for-profit Western medical system;
holistic rehabilitation support for recovery from alcoholism/addiction;
guidance with incorporating cannabis, herbal medicine, &/or supplements into your healthcare regimen, etc*....
* All guidance is given in full legal compliance and is in no way intended to diagnose or cure disease, nor to replace medical advice.
Any services are available as standalone services, but in 1:1 work, typically, I combine a number of tools with various contemplative practices, mind-body skills, soul work, and artistic innovation in a holistic way that suits your needs and desires.
I enjoy improvising with meditation, the Arts, & the Art of Transformation, and discovering new ways to bring them together.
Read more about each modality, & why I've chosen them, below.
Remember, We are Spirits having a Human Experience.
I am here to support you in your journey....
For those of you who are more 'left-brain' or logically-minded, science has proven the benefits of all these modalities, and I am able to come at all of this from a more 'academic' angle as well. You are also welcome to do your own research. Ask the Googles...
And, as with anything, the best way to learn about any of this work is to experience it for yourself.
Meditation is at the foundation of everything I do. It helps relieve stress, helps you ground and find your center, helps to reset, and can become a guiding force in your life that helps you find your path and stay on it. Come see me, or invite me to come to you, live or via Zoom!
There is no limit on the variety of approaches to meditation. In some traditions, the idea is to settle into total stillness and simply observe oneself, and to cultivate a practice that helps you be mindful and present as you move through daily life. Generally speaking, the common threads connecting most practices are body awareness, breath awareness, and mindfulness, being present, in the moment. Beyond that, the ways to slip into the inner dimensions of your mind & being are endless.
While some traditions focus on discipline and mastery, and there is certainly something to be said for that, I want to guide people into a state of deep relaxation, nurturing, & healing. I love to create opportunities for deep restoration, personal revelation, & transformation.
I incorporate live music into almost all of my group sessions. Yoga Nidra in particular has become a guiding force in my work, and my training in Life Coaching, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy influences the way I guide meditations as well.
Simply put, Reiki is an activated hands form of healing in which the practitioner channels energy through their hands into the recipient by means of touch or intention, which activates the natural healing processes of the recipient's body. Essentially, the Reiki practitioner is a conduit for Divine Source Energy, which flows into the recipient and awakens their life force, the Source Energy that already exists inside of them.
The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words - "Rei" which means soul, spirit, or Universal life force and "Ki"which is life force energy. So Reiki is actually "spiritually guided life force energy."
The hands are placed on the body, or several inches above the body in the biofield, as needed, and often the recipient will feel a great warmth emanating from the practitioner's hands. Reiki has an intelligence of its own, and I say 'by means of touch or intention' because Reiki actually works from a distance as well. It is a different experience from receiving Reiki in person, but people often report feeling the sensation of my touch, feeling my presence as though I were there, in addition to feeling relief from relevant symptoms, an overall sense of peace & wellbeing, and sometimes a profound movement of energy, or other sensations.
I liken it to 'plugging in,' similar to how electricity works when we plug into an outlet. In a sense, the Reiki practitioner is like a charger. When giving Reiki from a distance, I connect with you in my consciousness and imagine that I am touching your body or biofield where healing is needed, and it works! This is a powerful form of healing that never ceases to amaze me, and the only way to truly understand it is to experience it for yourself.
If you are interested in taking it further and learning how to work with Reiki for yourself, I offer comprehensive Reiki Immersion trainings... Join my mailing list to stay tuned &/or keep an eye on my Instagram and linktree....
Sound healing, like yoga and meditation, is not a new concept. Sound has been utilized in various cultures for thousands of years as a tool for healing; it is a practice that has been re-emerging into consciousness culture as more people become aware of its capacity to bring deep peace and relaxation, and to aid in healing on all levels. It is a widely varied ancient practice with roots in many cultures and traditions throughout time. Whether through the use of the voice via mantras and chanting, Icaros (medicine songs) of various Indigenous peoples from Central and South America; drums, drum circles, gongs & singing bowls; tuning forks; or soothing sounds of wood flute, chimes, and other instruments, all have the same intention: to Shift us from a place of Imbalance to a place of Balance.
Sound is vibration, and given that we are 80% water, we are very sensitive to (and also composed of) vibration. Sound healing is always accompanied by first guiding one into a meditative state. The vibrations from different instruments interact with you in different ways, and so whether the sounds simply soothe your soul, penetrate your core, or go inside your body and rearrange your molecules, inevitably, one feels a Shift after a sound session. A sound healing session provides the opportunity to drop down through the Alpha (relaxed consciousness) state, into states where internal healing can occur - the Theta state, where your brainwaves reach the slowest vibration before actually going into deep sleep, and sometimes even into the Delta state (same vibration as deep sleep).
Some of the instruments literally interact with your body on a cellular level, healing your DNA.
"Modern science is finally recognizing that energy constitutes the blueprint of the physical body. Meanwhile, the energetic vibration of sound can be used to change that blueprint in ways that foster health and well-being. Genes literally express themselves in different ways when exposed to specific kinds of sound."
- Donna Eden, author of Energy Medicine
Sound healing & sound baths vary depending on who is offering. Some people work with tuning forks, some with crystal and Tibetan metal singing bowls, some work with symphonic Gongs, drums, flutes, and other accessory instruments.
Since I am a musician, and an energy worker, I am coming at this work from the perspective of a multi-instrumentalist and intuitive healer, and Reiki invariably flows through my music as well. I work with a variety of instruments, and when offering sound bath, I typically progress through a soul-soothing soundscape incorporating any of the following - wood flute, Tibetan metal & crystal singing bowls, metallophone, xylophone, a variety of drums, chimes, and my voice.
Transformational Coaching combines my training in Life Coaching with my lifelong experience as an Intuitive. In some ways, my coaching is similar to talk therapy, but you actually get feedback and suggestions of how to move through whatever issues you are facing, whether physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, or all of the above.
Instead of trying to get you to change how you act, as in life coaching, we work on tracing the root of the behavior, acknowledge the conditioning and underlying belief system that is contributing to or causing the 'problem,' and work through this to change the way you see yourself, which in turn, leads you to change how you act. If you have unresolved childhood issues that are interfering with your adult life, let's move through it, together. If you feel stuck in your life, but you're not sure why, let's dig in and find the roots, honor what you find there, and make way for shift and change....
Incorporating Transformational Coaching into my practice was a natural progression. I found that in working with clients for Reiki, rather than having a 5- or 10-minute cursory check-in and then getting folks right on the table to receive, some folks really need someone to talk to and troubleshoot their lives with! And given that I am super passionate about really engaging people in their own healing and evolution, I began encouraging folks to sign up for longer sessions, and organically began incorporating coaching into my practice. Then I decided to go ahead and make that official, completing a Life Coaching Certification with The Academy of Modern, Applied Psychology. As my practice has grown and the life coaching has been influenced by being an energy worker and Intuitive, and training in CBT, I've come to realize that my natural approach is actually that of a Transformational Coach rather than a Life Coach.
I can't help but see all the details, the big picture, so in my case, Transformational Coaching is something I intrinsically incorporate into almost everything I do. I'm a problem solver. I always have been. And I don't like seeing others suffer, although I recognize and honor that working through that is part of our spiritual path as human beings. In my 1:1 practice, typically Coaching is combined with other services rather than as a standalone service, although that is an option.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a highly effective method for getting unstuck, in particular for more left-brained people who like empirical evidence and perhaps a more academic approach to problem-solving. I had been hearing about the effectiveness of this method for many years, and had heard about it from friends who had worked with a Cognitive Behavioral Therapist, and so I decided to dive in with a CBT Certification (also from Kain Ramsay, Founder of the Academy of Modern, Applied Psychology,) which has been amazing. It is my newest tool, and like Life Coaching, something with which I have found certain aspects that I had been instinctively doing most of my life, in my own processing, and in helping others through their processing.
As with my other services, CBT influences most of what I do, and is usually organically incorporated into the work, but available as a standalone service.
"Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of psychotherapy that treats problems and boosts happiness by modifying dysfunctional emotions, behaviors, and thoughts. Unlike traditional Freudian psychoanalysis, which probes childhood wounds to get at the root causes of conflict, CBT focuses on solutions, encouraging patients to challenge distorted cognitions and change destructive patterns of behavior.
CBT rests on the idea that thoughts and perceptions influence behavior. Feeling distressed, in some cases, may distort one’s perception of reality. CBT aims to identify harmful thoughts, assess whether they are an accurate depiction of reality, and if they are not, employ strategies to challenge and overcome them.
CBT is appropriate for people of all ages, including children, adolescents, and adults. Evidence has mounted that CBT can benefit numerous conditions, such as major depressive disorder, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, eating disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders, and many others. Research also indicates that CBT can be delivered effectively online, in addition to face-to-face therapy sessions." (Psychology Today)
The Arts are a truly valuable form self-expression, regardless of the mediums you choose to explore. As an interdisciplinary artist who has always been into all of the arts for as long as I can remember (see 'about my path'), I have found refuge, freedom, ways to process my life & ponder my existence in a nonverbal realm, ways to give voice to my experience, whether written or spoken or emanating from my being, and ways to heal and move forward.
I value the process of creation over perfectionism, and I believe that everyone has an indwelling creative spirit, waiting to be awoken. This is not about becoming a master at a particular art form, although if that is your aim, I can assist you in getting there! This is about using the Arts as a vehicle of self-expression, self-discovery, self-inquiry, honoring, releasing, and healing.
We may work with the voice, write, play music, draw, paint, make collage, move our bodies, dance, even tap dance! As with my other services, the Arts influence everything I do, and are either organically incorporated into our work as you desire, or are available as a standalone private session in a particular discipline - such as visual art, drums, tap dance, , ballet, voice (singing or chanting), piano, photography, or writing.
Tarot is not an area of expertise for me, but I am working on it.... At this time, it is simply another tool we can incorporate into our sessions to help seek clarity & guidance on an issue. The Tarot is not about predicting the future, but simply put, the Tarot aids one in coming in contact with one's Higher Self, so that you become more clear with that which you already, in fact, know, but in some cases are hiding from or ignoring.
Food As Medicine/Health Coaching
Everything's connected! So I treat the whole person. If you are having mood issues, or physical issues, sometimes there is something in your diet that is sabotaging your wellbeing.
The time is ripe to transform your relationship with food. They say ignorance is bliss. Well, not so with food, as poor eating habits will come back to bite you in the long run, via obesity, food allergies, inflammation, illness, auto-immune issues, and even disease.
Too often, rather than eating to nourish our bodies and minds, we eat to indulge in decadence of the pallet, soothe ourselves emotionally, or maybe we just grab what's quick and easy, and often not so good for us. And for many folks, even if they want to eat healthy, they really are not sure exactly what that means, where to begin, or how to sort through all of the information out there.
I am here to demystify all of that for you and help you to understand the basics of eating for optimal health, whether you eat meat, seafood, vegetarian, or vegan. There are some basic guideposts underpinning a healthy diet that are pretty easy to follow, once you simply understand how various foods affect the alkalinity and acidity of your body. All disease thrives on an acidic environment, and cannot survive in an alkaline environment. This is how some people have cured themselves of cancer using Food As Medicine, because they have eliminated acid-causing foods from their diet, shifting the pH of their bodies so that cancer cells simply cannot survive.
Food truly is the Original Medicine. Mother Nature has provided us with everything we need. We can eat to prevent sickness, and we can also eat to heal maladies that have befallen us and recover from acute and chronic illnesses. Of course, sometimes Western medicine is needed, but too often, that is the go-to panacea. Meanwhile, the diet is still crap, creating an acidic environment in the body, which illness of all kinds thrive on; and then a bunch of pills are thrown at the problem, often causing a cascade of side effects. Pharmaceutical medications, without discrimination, further contribute to the acid environment of the body. They should be a last line of defense when all else has proven ineffective, not the first go-to.
Let's talk. I've been at this for 25 years, guiding myself and many others through various health crises, and seeing the same results, again and again. I offer no Guarantee, and do not intend this guidance to be a substitute for advice or diagnoses from a Medical Doctor. What I do offer is an opportunity for you to prove to yourself that Shifting
What you put into your body,
How you feel when you do so, and
Why you eat & When
will inevitably lead to better outcomes for your overall health - physical, mental, emotional, and energetic.
I am passionate about helping people transition off pharmaceutical drugs (with the approval and guidance of their doctor) which are incredibly acidic in the body especially when one is taking multiple pills a day. There are so many natural ways to achieve a lot of what is being attempted by prescription drugs. Curious? Let's talk!
I am also passionate Cannabis Guide. Hemp/Marijuana is one of the most amazing, versatile, adaptogenic herbs on the planet. I am here to educate you about how you can incorporate Cannabis into your life to improve your health on all levels. As always, I do not intend my guidance to substitute for advice or diagnoses from a Medical Doctor but as a compliment.
This plant has grown here and been revered by humans for its broad medicinal and practical purposes for millennia. Cannabis, when used properly, treats just about any ailment you can think of. The list of illnesses that can be alleviated in part or in full with good ol' MaryJane is considerably longer than the list of side effects caused by most average prescription drugs, which is pretty long already.
There are many methods for consuming cannabis, and different methods effect various people differently. Some prefer smoking, some prefer edibles, some prefer tinctures, some vaping, some just CBD, some love high THC.... It is a powerful medicine with little to no side effects or dangers associated with it, and really, a little goes a long way.
I have a doctor I refer DC or Maryland folks to who would like to get their Medical Cannabis card, and I am happy to help you explore what is the most effective way for you to incorporate Cannabis into your self-care routine, what are the best strains for you, what method, how much at a time, and so on....