Professional Certifications & Associations
Certified Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner: Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute
The Safe & Sound Protocol (certified)
USABP: United States Association of Body Psychotherapy
APPAH: Association of Pre and Perinatal Psychology and Health
Certified Life Coach: The Life Coach School
Books, Classes, and More…
In addition to Somatic Experiencing (SE), I’ve created a series of books, classes, and helpful materials supporting adults and kids using fun formats. Click for Free Resources >.
The Thought Monster Series consists of books, coloring books, and an iOS app that offers a unique mindfulness and positive thinking curriculum for adults and children alike! Explore here >
Discover classes, products, video & audio recordings to help you increase your connection to your mind & body while expanding compassion, and growing kindness for yourself and others. Explore here >
My parents did their best but lacked the tools to help me integrate scary or confusing experiences which in my childhood were many. I was a highly sensitive child and my childhood home was very stressful. Fortunately, I found sanctuary at school with many kind and supportive teachers – an essential ingredient that contributed to my resilience and success in life.
The encouragement I received from my teachers helped me to become very high-functioning.
After a winding journey as a fashion designer, then technology coach, I became a life coach. I used all my tools to successfully coach many people for years. But when I had my son in my late 30’s, it triggered something in me and life became more difficult. I’ve since learned that big life events will often trigger the release of repressed trauma.
As I’d done my entire life, I sought ways to feel better so I could be the best parent for my child. I tried traditional talk therapy, read spiritual and self-help books, and participated in seminars. Even with a lot of information under my belt, something was missing.
I had a feeling it had something to do with the body but didn’t have sufficient knowledge at that point to understand it. Then, I had painful a-ha experience that linked directly to something I remembered from childhood. A light bulb went on and I realized that I might have some early, unresolved trauma. Research confirmed this and led me to books by Peter Levine, the creator of Somatic Experiencing (SE).
My first session with a Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner (SEP) left me feeling like a whole new wonderful world had opened up. I walked out of that 50-minute session thinking, “I feel better than I have in years!”
Soon after, I knew that the SE training was a path I was meant to take. After three years and nearly 300 hours of training & consult hours I became an SEP.
I continue to learn about trauma, early development, healing with touch and other ways to support my clients. I assist with SETI, the institute where I trained as an SEP. I study with Kathy L. Kain to grow my Somatic Touch Skills, and I’ve recently been certified to provide the Safe and Sound Protocol which was created based on the Polyvagal Theory by Dr. Stephen Porges. I’ll continue to grow and add skills to my practice because I’m a life-long learner and plan to never stop until the day I die!
I truly believe that there is a healing modality for everyone. Learning about Somatic Experiencing and tools for healing the nervous system has made the biggest impact on my life by far. I feel better than I ever have. I’m so excited to share what I’ve learned with you!
Adults, Educators, and Children
Managing Anxiety & Overwhelm
Mindfulness & Positive Thinking Skills
Kindness & Compassion
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