As a communication major, I found the job I thought I wanted working at a public relations firm in downtown Seattle. My career path shifted, however, as I became clear about my life’s purpose: helping others. My own work changed the trajectory of my path, and I began working at the American Cancer Society. It was here where my curiosity toward healing surfaced, fascinated by patients’ stories and how they overcame and endured their experiences.
This experience led me to earn my masters in Marriage and Family Therapy; and a certification in Medical Family Therapy at Seattle Pacific University. While earning my degree, I had the unique experience of training with a medical residency team at the University of Washington. I worked with patients and physicians to provide comprehensive care to patients on both the mental and physical level. My interest in mind-body integration also became prominent and I decided to earned my 200 hour yoga teacher certification. The value of the physical and mental experience of healing, became both a personal practice and a professional endeavor.
In 2012, after graduating with my masters and yoga certification, I moved to New York City. I began work at Memorial Sloan Kettering on a research team that trained nurses to work with families in the face of cancer and life-threatening circumstances. I held space for patients and their families who faced chronic illness and death. I had the unique opportunity to work with some of the most legendary psychologists in the field, including Peter Steinglass. My study of yoga also expanded. I have since studied restorative and healing modalities with senior teacher Jillian Pransky. For the past two years, I have had continuous study with senior teacher trainer Chrissy Carter.
My chosen professions have taught me that clear well-orchestrated technique in an open safe environment can create growth and change that is lasting. It is my passion to share what I’ve learned and my hope that it will provide the support needed to help students and clients find their authentic voice. I am inspired by my teachers, colleagues, friends and but mostly by those I work with. My students and clients teach me more about myself than anything else, which is why I do the work. I love being inspired by others and I am humbled by how much strength and perseverance my students and clients show. I teach, coach and provide support because I love seeing client’s and student connect to the part of themselves that creates space for curiosity and understanding, so that they can have clarity for whatever it is they need in the moment.Professional Credentials:
- Washington State Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate (LMFTA)
- Master of Science, Marriage and Family Therapy, Seattle Pacific University
- Certified Medical Family Therapist, Seattle Pacific University
- Bachelor of Arts, Communication, Western Washington University
- Certified Yoga Teacher, 500 hours
- Certified Yoga Therapist, 100 hour