Providing support, guidance and tools to help you regain and maintain balance in your life, even when you are walking on a rocky path.
Over my many years of practice in my work and my life, I have come to know the importance of acknowledging, supporting and nurturing one’s whole self; mind, body and spirit. I strive daily to practice what I teach and to teach what I practice. Personally my values can be seen in my life as a wife, mother and martial artist. I bring a nurturing, caring and highly educated presence to my work and my life. When we work together it is my ultimate loving intention to help you on your journey. To learn strategies to help yourself and to explore and work towards understanding what brings value and meaning to your life even when you are dealing with difficult circumstances such as an illness, transition or personal challenge.
As a Reiki Master and Practitioner,I focus on integrating mind, body and spirit on an energetic level. I began working with energy healing many years ago as a massage therapist. At first I noticed warmth, vibrations and energetic changes within myself and my clients as I provided body work. This work led me to study Reiki, a Japanese Energy Healing Art. As a Reiki master/practitioner I can focus my work with this energy to encourage positive changes – balance, harmony and personal growth. I offer distance and in-person Reiki sessions. I also offer the option to include Reiki during a massage therapy session.
I teach Reiki Level 1 and Level 2 classes throughout the year and I also offer opportunities for students to participate in group Reiki meditations and practice sessions. Please check the Workshop area of this website for upcoming classes, workshops and meditations.
As a Licensed Massage Therapist, I provide integrative massage therapy for relaxation, stress reduction and specific injury. Doing this work not only is helpful to my clients but also helps me to ground myself energetically, physically and emotionally. Helping me to practice and live a life of balance and harmony.
Counseling and Coaching, As a Counselor and life coach, I have extensive training and many years of experience working with individuals, groups, couples and families. My prior work as a Medical and Oncology Social Worker has given me a unique opportunity to learn and grow in my own life. Through my work I have been privileged to help patients and families navigate their cancer journeys, work through grief and/or trauma and find ways to move forward in authentic and meaningful ways. I have come to understand the importance of living mindfully, in the moment as well as finding ways to plan for and encourage positive change and growth. I currently provide counseling/couching for those navigating transitions or challenges. I utilize numerous strength based and integrative techniques.
In addition, I am the author of the book, Don’t wait until you get cancer to live your life; 7 steps for living life now. This book was written to help you explore how to live now with purpose and how you can find meaning, and move forward, despite any obstacles standing in your way. Through experiential exercises you will learn new skills, gain insight and learn new coping strategies. I have created and I facilitate workshops to assist you along the way. Please see workshop section of this website for details.
Other credentials and awards: BA in Psychology from Brandeis University, MSW from SUNY @ Stony Brook, Received prestigious, “Spirit of Planetree” award in 2011 for my work at Longmont United Hospital. LCSW; licensed clinical social worker, OSW-C oncology social worker certified through the board of oncology social workers. Also member of AOSW, Association of Oncology Social workers. LMT: Licensed massage therapist, received degree from healing spirits massage therapy school in Boulder, CO. Reiki Master level practitioner and instructor.
Previously served on the board of the pink ribbon survivors network – a non-profit website for cancer patients, caregivers and professionals.Pinkribbonsurvivorsnetwork.org. As part of my work with this organization and Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers, I have had two abstracts accepted for professional presentations. These presentations showcase a support group (Empower Your Recovery) that myself and my colleague from RMCC created; one a poster presentation for the Breast Cancer Symposium in 2014 and the other for panel presentation at the AOSW national conference in May 2016. Most recently I presented at the 2017 AOSW national conference on the topic of integrative oncology.I previously served as the Co-Chair of the Integrative Oncology Special Interest Group (SIG) of the Association of Oncology Social Workers.