About

Professional Certifications

Certified Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner (SEP)
The Safe & Sound Protocol – Certified Practitioner
Certified Life Coach – Master Coach

Advanced Trainings

Touch Skills for Trauma Therapists with Kathy Kain, PhD, SEP
Understanding the Autonomic Nervous System with Joshua Sylvae, PhD, SEP
Trauma Through a Child’s Eyes with Maggie Kline,LMFT, School Psychologist, SEP
The Mosaic of Healing with Ana doValle, OTr, SEP, Anthroposophical Counselor

Professional Associations

USABP: United States Association of Body Psychotherapy
ABMP: Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals
APPAH: Association of Pre and Perinatal Psychology and Health

Books, Classes, and More…

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 with 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 Journey

My childhood was rough. But I believed what I’d heard over and over as a kid, “It wasn’t that bad.” I thought I’d made it to adulthood unscathed. The idea that I was “too sensitive” or a “big baby” was seared into my brain because I’d heard it so many times from siblings, adults, and myself! Repeating, ‘get over yourself’ in my mind wasn’t helpful. It was unkind. Yet, in spite of childhood experiences that lingered in my mind and body, I’d managed pretty well as an adult…

Until the trauma I’d suppressed to survive my childhood began to surface after I had my son. I found myself frequently overwhelmed, shut down, or flipping out – for unknown reasons I couldn’t remember or understand. The uncontrollable feelings that descended on me spurred me to seek help, educate myself, and get better. At one particularly stressful time, I ‘flashed back’ to my childhood. This turned out to be a useful experience because it led me to research trauma. I went on to study and heal my trauma with the help of many wonderful trauma practitioners.

I’m now a trauma and resilience informed coach and Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner. I offer body-mind therapy and tools and am committed to helping adults and children to Grow Up Kind.

When I was little, I found sanctuary with many kind and supportive teachers. These people made up the “one supportive and caring adult” that I and every child needs to help them heal and persevere in the face of early trauma. Without the support I received from those teachers, I don’t know where I’d be. 

When you feel better, you can learn and do better.

I work with parents and adults who teach or mentor children. I offer trauma/resilience informed education and tools that help the body release stress. The adults I support are committed to being and feeling their best so they can be a supportive and caring person for the children in their lives. I specialize in supporting the nervous system to regulate by increasing capacity and guiding the body and mind in its recovery from stress and trauma. Healthy adults help kids to “grow up kind” by modeling, teaching, and supporting self-regulation and healthy ways to manage life’s inevitable ups and downs with genuine caring.

If we haven’t healed and released our own stresses or traumas, we have limited capacity and can be easily triggered into fight, flight or freeze. When we’re operating from fight, flight, or freeze, we aren’t thinking clearly and its very difficult to be your best and kindest around children and others.

I offer classes, Somatic Experiencing sessions (online or in person), and Somatic Touch sessions (in person). I’ve also been certified to provide the Safe and Sound Protocol, which was created by the developer of the Polyvagal Theory by Dr. Stephen Porges. 

I truly believe that there is a healing modality for everyone. Somatic Experiencing and other tools for healing the autonomic nervous system have made the biggest impact on my life and the lives of my clients. I hope to meet you and support you on your journey.

Specialties

Adults, Educators, and Children

Managing Anxiety & Overwhelm

Mindfulness & Positive Thinking Skills

Kindness & Compassion

I’m fortunate to have a very supportive partner who stepped in to co-regulate, care for, and play with our child when I didn’t have it in me to do so. We’re happily married and have a thriving 20 year old + 2 doggies.