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Professional Background

For 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.