over 30 years, I worked at developing my own
brand of integrated psychology, synthesizing Eastern and Western World Religions,
indigenous spirituality and sacred technologies. My journey as a
healer has included the study and practice of the Toltec Path,
concepts and methods of Process-Oriented Psychology, and extensive
utilization of the medium of writing and other expressive arts. My 25 years' experience as a counselor
includes working with individuals and groups in the areas of
chemical dependency, eating disorders, body image, self-esteem,
personal individuation and empowerment, life-threatening illness,
physical disabilities, sexual assault and incest survival.
Specializing in women's issues, interpersonal communication,
spiritual development and personal evolution, my goal was to assist
others in the synthesis of past and present through the integration
of body, mind, spirit; earth, art, emotion and community.
My educational background includes studies in Psychiatry and Biochemistry at
the Oral Roberts University School of Medicine and a degree in
Psychology from the University of Oregon. I hold a Master's in
Culture and Spirituality from Holy Names College and did doctoral
studies in Transpersonal Psychology at the Institute for
Transpersonal Psychology, where I also completed a Master's Certificate
in Expressive Arts. I have been fortunate enough to study with the founders of
psychodrama, ecopsychology and poetry therapy, as well as with the
Process Work Institute, the Foundation for Shamanic Studies and
individual shamans, such as Alberto Villoldo, in the Huichol, Lakota
Sioux, and Incan traditions.
A supporting member of the Society
for Shamanic Practitioners, I am a shaman and mesa holder of the
Incan lineage, having received the rites of transmission of the Inca
spirit guides and ancestors in official ceremony. I am
a Reiki Master in the Usui Shiki Ryoho and Seichim systems and a licensed
minister authorized to perform weddings, rites and other rituals in
a legal capacity.