I’ve always been the black sheep among numerous white sheep. I became my own research project to figure out why I felt so different and isolated in my own skin. My journey took me through discovering I am a highly sensitive person and I have suffered a lot of trauma (even though I would have never considered not having my emotional needs met a traumatic experience…but I now know differently).
I learned how I’m wired differently than most people and the harsh world often felt like too much to endure. As a kid I started using food to self soothe. Then as a teenager I switched to cigarettes and by young adulthood I had added alcohol to the mix. By the end of my addiction 20 years later I was using alcohol and stimulants on a daily basis. The alcohol was socially acceptable, the stimulants were prescribed by a doctor who eagerly increased the dosage every time I asked. I never had any serious external consequences from either. But internally I was a white-hot mess. I was depressed and hopeless and couldn’t imagine a way out. Suicide was always a lingering thought. I finally found my way out of the nightmare in 2009 and have been sober ever since. You can read about my journey in my two memoirs “High Bottom – Letting go of Vodka and Chardonnay” and “New Bottom – Turning the Other Cheek.”
I’ve spent the past 12 years in deep learning about addiction, neuroscience, creativity, spirituality, intuition, epigenetics and more. Through this research I created the Her Circle Recovery model which is a feminine approach to healing addiction. I love working with women who are ready to quit numbing out so they can discover who they truly are at their core and build a new life that is fulfilling and rewarding. I am skilled in many approaches to get to the underlying reason you are in pain.
I’m a traditionally trained as a psychotherapist but I now work as a certified professional coach. I’ve spent the bulk of my post graduate training in alternative modalities which has led to me creating a coaching approach that connects you to your soul and provides intense deep healing through creativity, spirituality and the wisdom of the body.
I utilize approaches such as Family Constellations, Dreamwork, Reiki, Kundalini Yoga and Meditation, deep guided imagery, creative writing, and utilizing the canvas to express and feel. I will help you create a daily practice to keep you connected to the wise part of yourself. My training includes:
PhD., Metaphysics, American Institute of Holistic Theology
M.Ed., Human Development Counseling, Vanderbilt University
M.Ed., Human Resource Development, Vanderbilt University
Certified Professional Coach
EMDR & Brainspotting certification
Certified Kundalini Yoga Instructor
Family Constellations Facilitator
Jungian Dream Work Training