Since I was young, I have been passionate about understanding the impacts of our thoughts and actions on ourselves. I consider myself an individual who helps people learn to heal, and who has an ability to help those who are suffering and struggling. I love what I do. My goal is to help individuals and communities reduce the compounding impacts of stress and trauma, and mitigate the debilitating nature of their resulting disease and illness.
My dedication and interests have led me to live abroad in various countries to expand this knowledge and to immerse myself in the art of healing. In particular, I have been drawn to mountainous cultures and countries as places where I can understand how to be fully present and engaged.
I was very fortunate to have trained under incredible mentors in the two highly regarded modalities of Somatic Experiencing (SE) and the Feldenkrais Method. As a result I use my skills in both trauma counselling and mobility improvement with a wide range of people. Furthermore, I am constantly reading and learning about healing modalities, as I believe that we must treat individuals as whole beings, which includes more than just moving well and releasing stress and trauma from the body.
When I first started to work on myself it was as though I was a frozen chunk of ice, lacking all emotion. My friends would have described me as even-keeled, with no emotional highs or lows, no pure joy or no pure sadness. It took my mother dying to realize that I needed help to start to learn how to thaw and become more alive. I am so thankful that I found SE; it has changed my life.
As an individual who works with bodies, I recognize that moving is life. Moving effortlessly is something very few people ever really master. We spend our infancy exploring surfaces and the environment that supports us. We learned to make the movement reversible, thus returning to our initial starting point. It is that simple and it requires very little effort. In order to improve or change our movement patterns, we must first discover how we move. It is really quite simple and brilliant at the same time. The Feldenkrais Method is an apprenticeship with yourself in learning how to learn. My responsibility and challenge is to pique your curiosity and to expand your movement repertoire.