Mindfulness and a new direction in my spiritual life has brought great joy, love, laughter and meaning into my life, and has taught me to savor the present moment with deep gratitude (most of the time...it's called "Mindfulness Practice" for a reason). I turned to learning and practicing mindfulness when confusion, indecision, spiritual uncertainty, and life transitions overwhelmed me.
Stillness continues to bring clarity and confidence in how I choose to live my life. The ability to be my authentic self by listening to my inner voice and making mindful choices inspired me to return to school, earn my masters degree and establish my counseling practice. Now I can share the life-changing benefits of mindfulness with others who are searching for a more joyful, meaningful and fulfilling life.
Hello and thank you for stopping by! I hope you will take a few moments to explore the path of mindfulness and ways we can work together to bring love, laughter, peace and joy back into your Life.
I am trained primarily in the areas of Anxiety, Stress, Trauma, and Body Image. I hold a certificate in Anxiety studies and also hold a certificate in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction as taught by the Center of Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. This happens to be where Jon Kabbot Zinn has done most of his groundbreaking work over the past 40 years in the successful application of Mindfulness studies in so many aspects of life. He and his cohorts have shown in study after study how the effects of de-stressing the body helps any number of physical symptoms.
My Master's Degree is from Naropa University in Contemplative Counseling Psychotherapy, again emphasizing the areas of controlling stress and anxiety through conscious relaxation.
In counseling we take time to allow you to elaborate on the subject and discuss destructive thought patterns. Carrying the baggage of emotional trauma, the stress response, and one’s negative beliefs about being overweight are a few more topics that form your physical body right now. In invite you to work together with me to explore who you are in relation to your physical body and to your body expectations.
Some Personal History
After a youth and into my 40s of dealing with weight and using food (in particular sugar) as a way of coping with some unsettled traumas and stresses I finally made a lifetime choice that I knew would either work or would positively show that nothing would *ever* work for me. At 5'4" tall and 320 lbs I chose to have a Roux-N-Y gastric bypass in 2004. Physically it was simple. The surgery was easy to recover from. The food intake was a trial but I managed. I took off 150 lbs and physically felt really good. Emotionally I was a wreck. I felt vulnerable without those pounds around me. I used pillows packed around my body to guard me. I wore loose clothing because I didn't want to show my smaller body too close. Partially because I was unaccustomed to it and because I had a lot of sagging flesh.
After 2 years of working on my own, I realized that I could have done so much better with a therapist, but I couldn't find one who understood my dilemma. Why couldn't someone realize that even though I found my size, I still wasn't happy? I eventually found the help I needed, shifted gears and began life anew, not only in an emotional way, but in a spiritual way. It was important that I connect to the the person I am, not the person I was.
After over 30 years of a guided spiritual life I've been called to share what I've learned about how to see the beauty in who you are and "why" you are who you are. You have more control over your life than you think you do. I'd love to share with you and help you feel better about living your life in these difficult times worldwide.
I'm fortunate to be fulfilling my true passion - mindfulness-based counseling. Here are my personal signposts (qualifications):
Colorado License: NLC.0109436
Master of Arts, 2013: Contemplative Counseling Psychology, Naropa University, Boulder, CO, USA
Private practice specializing in mindfulness practices and stress management
City of Longmont, Department of Housing, The Suites, Counselor in Residence
Personal and Startup Business Coaching
Church of the Brethren Disaster Services: Children's Disaster Service Volunteer Manager & Site Coordinator
Bachelor of Science, 1984, Business Administration/Accounting, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, USA