about the tools
“Creativity is our birthright. It is an integral part of being human, as basic as walking, talking, & thinking....
The creative process, like a spiritual journey, is intuitive, nonlinear, and experiential. It points us toward our essential nature, which is a reflection of the boundless creativity of the universe....”
Honored to integrate my role as a healer, musician, artist, and dancer, 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 as well, and I am able to come at all of this from a more 'academic' angle as well.
You are 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.
More specific information about each of the modalities I incorporate into my work:
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!
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 thread connecting most practices is 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.
Reiki is a hands-on form of healing in which the practitioner channels energy into the patient by means of touch or intention, which activates the natural healing processes of the recipient's body. 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, 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.
I will begin offering comprehensive Reiki trainings soon... Join my mailing list to stay tuned....
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.
Holistic Life Coaching
Holistic Life Coaching is similar to talk therapy in a way, 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. Everything's connected! So I treat the whole person. If you are having mood issues, or physical issues, there could be something in your diet that is sabotaging your wellbeing. 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 Life 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 life 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.
I can't help but see all the details, the big picture, so in my case, Life 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 Life 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 either organically incorporated into the work, or 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, voice (singing or chanting), piano, photography, or writing.
Tarot is not an area of expertise for me, but I am working on it... (currently taking a course called the Art of Intuitive Tarot which I highly recommend!). 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.
...more to come...