Mentoring & Counseling
This human journey is as challenging as it is awe-inspiring. Most, if not all, of us have been wounded along the way - ranging from all out physical, sexual and emotional abuse, to betrayal, neglect, abandonment, shame and disregard - leading us to believe that we are unworthy of love, not good enough to contribute meaningfully, undeserving of the life of our dreams. Not to mention oftentimes struggling with a nervous system that is out of wack, due to trauma. We have forgotten our essential nature, one of implicit belonging, love and raw wildness. There are parts of ourselves we have abandoned and neglected because those around us did not know how to receive us. We strategically did this either out of sheer survival, or to create the illusion of belonging. Now we may find ourselves using the same protective strategies, forcing us to ignore and suppress parts of ourselves that are longing to be heard and expressed. This can leave us numb, disconnected, anxious, depressed, or unsatisfied. Furthermore, any attempt to adapt and adjust to a culture that is sick, is crazy making. To come home to ourselves - in our raw vulnerability, tender humanity, authenticity and ferocity - allows us the capacity for both autonomy and connection, not to mention being a radical activist on behalf of what we love. I am here to support you on this journey of coming home. A time to tune into your inner world - nourish the soil of your inner garden, pull the weeds, water new growth, honor your spirit, listen to your heart, tend your dreams - so you engage the outer world with authenticity and soul.
License Disclaimer: Although I have been licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist (#46788) for many years, my work is primarily as a mentor, soul guide and spiritual friend to support you to move out of conditioned beliefs, uncover your gifts and move through life with more authenticity and clarity of purpose, with a sense of innate, wild belonging. If at any point in our work together, it becomes clear that traditional psychotherapy would better suit your needs, I will provide referrals.
I am humbled by the experience of being human in all its pain and beauty and believe we are all de-conditioning from limiting personal, familial, ancestral and cultural patterns and moving toward freedom and grace and the truth of interconnectedness.
It is my intention to meet you where you are, with my full presence and experience, honoring your inherent wisdom and all that has brought you to this place. Together we create patterns of connection and resiliency, rather than numbness, disconnection, hiding, shame, fear and doubt. I use various modalities to support you to feel more connected to yourself, the people in your life and the entirety of the natural living world as well as gain a deeper recognition of the gifts you carry. It is a privilege to serve you in this intimate exploration of embodying your wholeness.
FOr Teens and young adults
It is my joy and passion to work with youth in their transition toward adulthood. I know how important it is to be accurately seen and understood, and have places where we can be authentic, feel our feelings, release old traumas and emotions, and remember our true nature. In a commercial culture devoid of soul, it is common to have difficulty adjusting to mainstream life. There is nothing wrong with you. Very likely you carry a knowing, a gift and seed of a different way of life, which is more life affirming and honoring.
Each one of us carries a unique blueprint of who we are with a combination of gifts to share, which reflect our skills, interests, life experiences, ancestry, particular characteristics, inclinations and love. The culture does not support bringing this forth. My role is to guide you to remember your essential place in the universe, your unique medicine, and the gifts you carry for the world just by being you. Often we have to unlearn our protection strategies in order to allow ourselves to be vulnerable, love what we love, want what we want, and make space for our dreams. We all need support, to be held in love and accountability, to take full responsibility for our lives, communication, relationships and well being and hold a vision for what is possible.
Some tools I find helpful:
Time in nature
Recognition of ancestral patterning
Together we will:
Find a place of loving-kindness toward aspects of yourself and your community
Discover the sacred in your daily life and enliven your connection to the mystery
Explore and honor dreams for guidance and whole-making
Allow what your soul is calling forth to emerge
Honor strategies that have gotten you thus far and are no longer working and learn new practices of connection
Engage life affirming practices, mindsets and tools
Take steps to honor what brings you most alive
Each Individual session is 60 minutes, unless booked otherwise, and may take place in person in my office, a natural setting, by Skype or phone.
Specializing in issues of being human: life purpose, transition, grief and loss, intuition, self-love, spirituality, family and relationships, moving into adulthood.