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I earned a Bachelor of Arts in depth psychology and creative writing from Antioch University Seattle in 1995. Depth psychology delves into individual and collective aspects of our creative, spiritual, and cultural being, including "shadow" or dark aspects. During my degree program I explored human psychology and the creative process through art, writing, world religions, somatic practices, and cultural and diversity studies and was fortunate to attend events with my classes featuring such stellar human beings as Stephen Hawking, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and Clarissa Pinkola Estes.

The gratitude I hold in my heart for the educational experience at Antioch still beats strong. The university and my professors were champions of inclusion, social justice, and environmental stewardship long before most institutions recognized colonialism, systemic racism, ageism, and gender inequity as worthy of our consideration. We continually analyzed the content of our courses and learning within those contexts.

My practicum involved a year of supervised volunteer work as a counsellor in a mental health facility focusing on suicide. (This was in Seattle the year of Kurt Cobain's famous suicide death and its tragic aftermath.) Post-grad training and experience includes advanced counselling, expressive play therapy, and hypnotherapy. I have over a decade of full-time clinical experience as a counsellor and therapist in multi-disciplinary health and wellness clinics. 

My yoga therapy training included interning at a busy clinic in Chennai, India in 2018. I have also taken many extra courses in anatomy and physiology, somatics, various movement practices, pain care, trauma, and meditation. I have taught in yoga studios for over 10 years and trained teachers in 200-hour Yoga Alliance registered programs for 6 years.

Yoga therapy training, in addition to my psychology degree, counselling training and practice, and significant studies in anatomy and biomechanics allows me to access a wholistic, creative, bio-psycho-social approach in my work.

My education, clinical work, teaching experience, and personal history have led me to focus on areas of mental wellness including PTSD, anxiety, depression, and addictions, as well as aging, physical recovery post-illness or injury, and increasing overall strength and mobility. Of course, we enter all of these through befriending and moving the body. I have taken 300+ hours of anatomy and physiology studies to augment my certifications and practice.

I have taught trauma-informed yoga programs through several agencies in Surrey and Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, both as a volunteer and as a contractor.

Working with those facing mobility challenges and systemic conditions, particularly RA & MS, is especially rewarding and was the focus of much of my yoga therapy practicum. Life has shown me many times over that it is not straightforward or linear in nature, but infinitely dimensional, multi-faceted, and rich.

For most of the last 30 + years I have also worked in the creative side of media and publishing as a writer, editor, photographer, and, following a diploma program and studio apprenticeship in Los Angeles, a graphic designer.

I have worked as primary editor on dozens of published fiction and non-fiction books, and have had three of my own books published. I have also worked as a copywriter, grant writer, technical editor, and as a journalist and weekly newspaper editor.

"To be alive in this beautiful, self-organizing universe -- to participate in the dance of life with senses to perceive it, lungs that breathe it, organs that draw nourishment from it -- is a wonder beyond words."
~ Joanna Macy

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