Over the past decade I have focused intensively on a variety of studies with diverse and masterful teachers in Canada, the US, and India. I study and practice so that I can teach in ways that are inclusive, compassionate, and motivating.
Important note: I bow in reverence to many esteemed teachers and their sources, and I do not adhere to a specific lineage or follow a guru. Ask me about it if you want to know why.
I hold a Bachelor of Arts in depth psychology and creative writing from Antioch University Seattle, with extensive coursework in world religions and mythologies, feminist epistemology, and creativity. During my degree program I explored the creative process through art, writing, and wisdom tradition studies and was fortunate to attend events with my classes featuring such great human beings as Stephen Hawking, His Holiness the Dalai Lama,
and Clarissa Pinkola Estes.
My practicum involved a year volunteering for the Seattle Crisis Clinic; most interactions pertained to basic needs, domestic violence, and suicide, the latter exploding because of Kurt Cobain's self-inflicted death in Seattle during that time. Post-grad training and experience includes advanced expressive play therapy, hypnotherapy, and wholistic counselling. I have over a decade of full-time clinical experience as a counsellor and therapist in multi-disciplinary health and wellness clinics.
I have taught yoga programs through several agencies in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, both as a volunteer and a contractor.
I am an Approved Behaviour Interventionist through British Columbia's Ministry of Child and Family Development Autism Funding Program and have worked with children of all ages.
Working with those facing mobility challenges and systemic conditions, particularly MS, is especially rewarding and was the focus of much of my yoga therapy practicum.
Yoga has allowed me to marry depth psychology with a practice of embodied awareness, an aspect of wellness that is sorely missing in traditional psychotherapy. My education, clinical work, and extensive training have led me to focus on areas of mental wellness including PTSD, anxiety, emotions, and addictions; physical recovery and strength; increasing mobility; and accessibility.
I have studied with or taken in-person teacher trainings from Erich Schiffmann, Robin Rothenberg, Judith Lasater, Neil Pearson, Doug Keller, Gioia Irwin, and Tom Meyers / KMI, among others, including Ashtanga Primary Series teacher training certification with David Swenson following seven years of Ashtanga yoga practice. Radha Sridhar of Chennai, India has guided me in advanced studies of pranayama and Vedic mantra. Additional certifications include low back care, restorative, trauma-informed yoga, adaptive yoga, and gentle yoga for pain care. See more of my anatomy studies here.
Life has shown me many times over that it is not straightforward or linear in nature, but infinitely dimensional, multi-faceted, and rich.
For the last 30 years or so I have also worked in the creative side of media and publishing as a writer, editor, photographer, and, following a diploma program and printing apprenticeship in Los Angeles, a graphic designer.
I have worked as primary editor on dozens of published fiction and non-fiction books including several yoga titles, and have had three of my own books published. I have also worked in journalism as a reporter and weekly newspaper editor.
I continue to accept occasional work as a writer / editor / designer / producer of new book or other publishing projects. Email me for more information if you have a book underway.
Let me know if you have any questions about my specific training, experience, or offerings, or if you want more information about anything that you haven't
BA depth psychology
IAYT-certified Yoga Therapist
Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500, YACEP
Approved Behaviour Interventionist, Autism Funding Program,
Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist
Certified Expressive Play Therapist
10 years clinical therapist experience
10 years yoga teaching experience
6 years 200-hour RYS
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