I grew up  spending lots of my free time outside and in the natural world. This connection to the natural world has stayed with me to this day. I believe nature is not only a place “out there” that we go to but resides within us all as “human nature” or “the human spirit”. I believe it is our responsibility to share this human nature with the world.

I pursued a career in psychology to pursue my own healing and understand myself. Originally I took a
very rational approach, thinking the more I read and learned, the more I would know. However, I realized very quickly that this was not the case. In fact, the more I tried to understand, the less I understood and the more confused I seemed to get. My exploration brought me to meditation, yoga, expressive art, somatic therapies, Brainspotting, Breathwork, Psychedelics, and indigenous healing practices. This education and journey have really been a personal work and exploration of my own trauma. It is from this growth that I come to this conclusion: The work within is never complete; it is an ongoing work that I commit to every day, for myself, my family, and the world I choose to be a part of every day.

In addition to understanding my own trauma and personal healing, I have spent the last 10 or so years working with people who have experienced trauma. These individuals have been my greatest teachers. They have been the clearest mirrors of my own personal struggles, in many instances stunted by their past in some ways. Despite the pain that enveloped them, a deep desire to be alive and participate was always there, though often masked.

The teachings over the years have always been similar. I do not have the answers and stay out of people’s way so they can do their own healing.

Over the years, I became particularly aware of how information is shared as “expert advice” and the impact this has on those that receive this information. I became interested in working with people who faced systemic or religious-based trauma. I bring with me my personal experience and understanding of systems and various religious and spiritual backgrounds. In the process of supporting healing from the effects of trauma, I also focused a lot on developing my own sense of self-compassion and availability to show up in the world fully.

As the years pass, I regard my work as a privilege and a gift. The fact is we all suffer, however, it is the work of reflecting on our distress and wanting to do something other than numbing out the pain that philosopher Joseph Campbell might have referred to as the “Hero’s Journey”.