I work from my home in South Central Austin, a house that has come to feel like a part of me over the past 19 years of growth and transition. I love that I can share the comfort of this place with my clients and I guess, in a way, it's a good analogy for how I live. The distinction between my personal and professional self has been thinning for a while, learning that the healing path is a reunification, just becoming myself in all contexts. It's relaxing.
20 years ago, I believed that I would work a life long career in the environmental land focused realm. After staying with my dad through some of the last months of his life, and being with him when he died, I guess my soul began to get my attention. What I needed in the grieving was to come back to myself. You know how we do separate, young, in order to live in this world? It began with adopting a regular yoga practice where I could begin connecting to my body and cry (I cried most days, after not crying for most of my life). After a short while, I found that I couldn't return to the life of athletic and professional focuses I had been designing, slowly recognize that living is something that happens through us, not something that we necessarily have to "do" in the way our culture trains us. Listening from a broadening awareness becomes the satisfaction. It's more relaxing and fun and honest than the conventional design I thought I had to work toward.
I just think it's the way we are, in honesty, that helps each other along. And from an honest way of living we can make decisions and actions that are helpful. That's why I love biodynamic craniosacral therapy since it's really about listening and being, which allows the honest needs to be met. That's what healing really is.
So, that's a bit about me. I started by mentioning my home. I live here with my husband, Nathan, our dogs, Grace and Hope, and our cat, Kitty. We have a backyard garden that feeds us, bees and butterflies and is home to countless tiny frogs and lizards of various sorts. We like to go on the road and pitch our tent and be in nature whenever we can.
Major certifications and degrees
Biodynamic Craniosacral Training - Body Intelligence, Austin 2018
Hakomi Mindfulness/Body-Centered Psychotherapy - Hakomi SW, Austin 2012
Massage Therapy Training - Texas Healing Arts Institute, Austin 2007
Thai Massage Training - ITM, Chiang Mai, Thailand 2006
Yoga Teacher Training - Living Yoga Program, Austin 2004
MPS Environmental & Community Land Planning - SUNY ESF, Syracuse 2003
BS Geography - SWTSU, San Marcos 1999
BS Nutrition - SWTSU, San Marcos 1994