A brief introduction...
Hello, and thank you for your curiosity in my work. Our stories are important components of mentorship and so I share this bit of biographical information as a way for you to come to know a bit about who I am and how I came to work the way I do.
I graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2003. After college I began working full-time at a racquet club, teaching tennis to children, teens, and adults. I greatly enjoyed coaching, particularly in regards to the mental components and associated 'self-talk' than inevitably emerges during tennis. During this time of my life, I stopped playing competitively and instead began practicing Ashtanga Yoga which remains a daily practice that I continue to participate in, now many years later. In 2006, I moved to San Francisco to study East-West Psychology, and later, Somatic Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS).
I went on to practice as an intern in an office in Pacific Heights in San Francisco. Though I relished the work, particularly with young adults, I felt out of place, and inexperienced in the office setting. It was not a good fit for me, and so I began working at St. Vincent's home for boys in Marin, CA.
Though the intern years are challenging on a number of levels I remain profoundly grateful for my experience at St. Vincent's. The time spent working with orphaned boys was unimaginably humbling. I had shoes thrown at me by my clients, I argued with the staff (on behalf of my clients), and I learned new ways of creating relationships in which vulnerability and authenticity can be expressed and shared in meaningful ways. I often took my clients off campus to work with them in 'the real world'-- to see their issues and anxieties emerge at Target and help create an experience of somatic awareness that makes interacting with the world doable, ok, and even fun.
Simultaneously, I began working with the Stepping Stones project which led to my leading backpacking trips with teenagers.
As my private mentoring practice grew, I let go of St. Vincent's, and gradually Stepping Stones as well. I did work with Coyote Coast in Orinda for over a year, as well as the Muir Woods rehab center in Petaluma. There I enjoyed leading wilderness outings for teenagers struggling with substance abuse.
For the last several years I have maintained my private practice and now solely work with families and individuals in my practice. I strive to offer life changing work that is both client-centered while also holding a family systems oriented approach to treatment.