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Work experience

2007- present Receptionist

Tai Sophia Institute, Laurel, MD

2001-2007 Holistic Practitioner and Personal Development Coach

Private Practice, Playa del Carmen, Mexico

1998-2007 Office Manager

Rancho Libertad, Puerto Morelos, Mexico

1996-1997 Administrative Manager

Phoenicia Pathwork Center, Phoenicia, NY

1994- 1996 County Coordinator: Substance Abuseand Prevention Services

Thurston/Mason Country Social Services, Olympia, WA

1993- 1994 Substance Abuse Counselor

Worcester Medical Detoxification Unit, Worcester, MA

1989- 1992  County Substance Abuse Coordinator and Counselor

Josephine County Juvenile Department, Grants Pass, OR

Josephine County Council on Alcoholism & Drug Abuse

Josephine County Inn Between Youth Shelter

1986-1989  Youth Counselor & Women's Advocate

Phoenix Institute

Salt Lake City, UT


Professional Development

2010     ToDo Institute, Monkton, VT

2009     Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, San Rapael, CA

2002     Emotional Freedom Technique, Miami, Florida

2002     Thai Massage and Reflexology Certification, Thailand

1996     Master of Arts- Psychology, Summit University of Louisiana, LA*

1994     Bachelor of Arts- Summit University of Louisiana, LA*

1993     Expressive Art Therapy Certificate- Person Centered Expressive Therapy Institute, CA

1975Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, New York

 * learner based, non accredited program

Life Mission

I am a Certified Professional Coach and Expressive Arts Practitioner that integrates traditional coaching concepts and creative expression to facilitate change.

I design and facilitate strength based curriculum and bring them to places where people live, work, hang out or confined: nursing homes, hospitals, community centers, non profit organizations, youth programs, schools and churches. Each program is individually designed to meet the needs of the diverse population for which it serves. While these groups are not considered “therapy”, the intention is to create an environment that is strength-based and conducive for deep learning and transformation.

I draw from more than 20 years of practical and experiential learning in depth/transpersonal psychology, meditation, expressive arts, energy therapies and coaching to my work. I have lived outside the United States, in a spiritual community, traveled through Mexico by bus, Peru by tugboat and Thailand by rail. All my travels have been solo journeys.  I have a deep sense of respect for the lessons learned along the way from " the great human family" as it expressed itself through varied cultures and socio economic structures. As a result of my training and life experiences, I possess a deep understanding of the human personality and its' potential.

I merge concepts from the fields of personal success and motivation, creative expression, new sciences, positive psychology and spirituality in my work. I have studied with some of the most renowned teachers in my chosen fields including the Person Centered Approach and Expressive Art Therapy (Natalie Rogers, Ph.D.), The Pathwork and Core Energetics (John Pierrakos, M.D.) and Emotional Freedom Technique founder Gary Craig. My coaching credential was earned through the internationally recognized Coach Training Institute.

My greatest passion lies in empowering people through cognitive and experiential learning.  My clients know me for my ability to get to the heart of the matter, quickly, free from judgment. I work with some of the most profound methods available today for shifting emotion and working with the subconscious mind to powerfully restructure beliefs that are counter productive to living an empowered life.

People working with me learn tangible skills to help them clear negative beliefs, patterns and emotions so that they can make conscious choices about how they want to live.

I love integrating creative processes into my work because they facilitate whole brain thinking.  This provides access to ones deepest knowing in ways that the rational mind often filters.

I Love Working With:

At Risk or Underserved Young Women

Women In or Approaching Mid Life

Women who want more clarity, freedom of expression and connection

Underserved and Disadvantaged Populations

Core Strengths

  • Lifetime commitment delivering social, health and personal developmentservices, performing in both direct and administrative capacities.
  • Highly developed oral and written communication skills with an ability to maintain positive relationships with staff, clients and diverse constituencies. Perceptive and direct. 
  • Strong management skills; proactive collaboration with a demonstrated commitment to continuous innovation and improvement,as needed.
  • Experienced program developer and designer. Skilled, dynamic and veratile facilitator. Capable of seeing “the big picture”, delivering interactive and skill focused programs to diverse audiences.
  • Ability to exercise creativity and critical thinking in interpreting and addressing complex issues.
  • Ability to maintain positive relationships with diverse constituencies.
  • Experienced designer and facilitator capable of delivering interactive and strength- based and skill-focused programs.
  • Passion for teaching new approaches that enable people to achieve a greater sense of emotional balance and well-being.
  • Established and ran a private practice with an international, diverse community in Mexico for eight years.

Sample Workshop & Course Titles

Personal Geography: Where Have You Been? Where Are You Going?

Drawing Upon Nature and the Seasons for Health & Wellness

Your Life: Rewrite or Rerun? How You Tell Your Story Shapes Your Life

Finding and Fulfilling your Life Purpose

Your Personal Wow

Mojo Working: Breating Life into Every Moment

Art with Heart: From the Inside Out

Life Mapping & Personal Inquiry

Emotional FreedomTechnique For Parents, Teachers & Other Child Advocates

Art Journaling

Transformative Practice Groups

Mastermind Groups

Higher Ground Listening Circles

Accountability Coaching Circles

Spiritual Practice Circles