I have over twenty-five years of professional experience working with women and LGBTQ folks as a healing professional. I have a master’s degree in counseling and human development from The George Washington University. For eighteen years, I was a traditional psychotherapist, grief counselor, and forgiveness workshop leader. I have worked with individuals and couples, and specialized in loss and grief, coming out/living out, and Imago relationship therapy.
In 2010, I shifted my work to offer a more holistic approach of offering spiritual counseling, life story coaching, energy therapy, and acupressure. I have a foundation certificate in clinical and process acupressure from Soul Lightening International. I am also a certified positive psychology practitioner from The Flourishing Center. My energy therapy training is from The Inner Focus School of Energy Healing. I have additional training in non-violent communication, bereavement counseling, mindfulness meditation, metaphysical principles, shamanic breathwork, and advanced spiritual leadership. I have developed and facilitated workshops on loss and grief, forgiveness, slowing down for soul-care, and self-care for caregivers at The Metropolitan Community Church, All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, and St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Washington, DC. I also facilitate workshops on the power of story, and on deepening and sustaining friendships and community relationships for women, called “Finding Your Soul Sister Tribe”.
In 2009, I completed an interfaith studies program and was ordained as an Interfaith minister from The Chaplaincy Institute, in Berkeley, Ca. I studied world religions, life cycle rituals and blessings, earth based rituals, and end of life spiritual care for the dying. In 2017, I returned to Venus Rising Association (where I had completed a shamanic breathwork training program in 2005), and recently became a shamanic minister through the Global Network for Shamanic Ministers. In my ministry, I offer rituals and blessings to honor loss, (including the loss of animal companions), coming out, beginnings, transitions, retirement, menopause, and other significant life events.