With an ever present curiosity of people and their emotions, I found myself drawn to the helping professions early on in life. After my first high school psychology class I was hooked. Here was a class where you actually learned about people and their emotions! I soaked it in like a sponge, eager to learn about what made people (myself included!) tick.
I went on to study psychology at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and earned my Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Denver in Colorado where I worked for several years within the Department of Child Welfare Services with young foster and medically fragile children.
In early 2000 I made a career shift and graduated from Bastyr University (formally the Seattle Midwifery School) in Washington State where I became a licensed midwife working for more than 12 years alongside women and their families during pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period. My work as a midwife gifted me with a deep understanding of human emotion and allowed yet another path to open, leading me to support others who are riding the waves of the more painful of life’s emotions.
My work with women, their families and birth professionals continues. Click here to read more about these special services.
Combining my education, professional experience and my own journey through trauma and grief, I support and guide curious and introspective people who have experienced trauma, grief and loss in all facets of life.
I believe that we are always learning and that there are endless opportunities to make new discoveries about ourselves and our place in the world. Sometimes these opportunities are unexpected and unwanted, for example when they come in the form of a deep loss or a traumatic life event.
The fact that we have emotional pain as a result of grief, loss or trauma does not make us weak or broken. We are whole people experiencing all that life brings along. We are experiencing human emotions. And while none of us want to feel such painful emotions -especially when we don’t know what the process will be like or how long we will feel this ache- they are a part of our experience, a part of our lives. I continue to learn this lesson as life unfolds I am passionate about supporting others who find themselves on similar paths.
I’d love to hear from you. To learn more about all the ways I can support you in your life right now, send me a message here.