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You may have come here because, deep down, you’re looking for the life you really want to live, fully and passionately, and you just can’t seem to get there. You’re tired of hurling yourself against a brick wall over and over again, unable to break through, and feel like you’re stuck in quicksand. Or perhaps on a deep level, you’re just not feeling that true peace and happiness within.

What I want you to know is that this does not have to continue. If you are feeling stuck or cut off from true happiness, peace, and love in life, I want to help you. It is my mission to help as many people as I can break through to the unlived life that lies just beyond their deepest challenges.

I believe this for two reasons: First, when I sit with you, I hear all that is unlived, unloved and in the way of your true happiness. I am here to help you experience that life force inside of you, just waiting to be born, like a lamp for your soul after years of darkness.

The second reason is that I am a Licensed Psychotherapist and a Modern Day Spiritual Teacher and Guide based here in the Bay Area of California. I have been sharing powerful life altering and psycho-spiritual work for over 25 years.

As your Fierce Love and Wisdom Ally, I am committed to true resolution and peace where you are now suffering – whether it’s relationships, family, anxiety, depression, partnership, or outdated patterns of trauma that no longer serve you.

You may come to me in deep suffering, through the portal of psychotherapy. When your pain is resolved in psychotherapy, you may wish to explore your spiritual side and journey. From there, you may desire to understand your unique contribution to the world, in which case, our relationship can evolve to include a coaching dimension. I’m here to help guide you to live the life you know you were meant to live. So you can have the love you desire, the freedom you seek, and the life you want.

 
 

Psychotherapy

Many people are referred to me because my sweet spot is my unique education. My tapestry of training includes over 30 modalities in 30 years of study. I offer full-spectrum healing work in trauma, psychology, and spirituality, to provide a full human healing and awakening experience.

This is why I am able to meet you wherever you are, and guide you to where you want to go. You are unique. You need a highly trained and intuitive mirror, someone who can work with you in the way you need, It is my privilege to be able to give you this gift.

You will experience my profound respect for the unique unfolding of your entire journey and my genuine compassion for the risks and courage required for a deeper and truer exploration of yourself, as well as the intimacy required for personal growth at the very edges of our human experience.

Issues that commonly inspire clients to come into therapy:

  • Abuse Recovery (Physical, Emotional, Mental, Sexual, and Neglect)
  • Anxiety – Panic – Terror
  • Anger
  • Creativity – Artist Challenges
  • Codependency Entanglements
  • Couples Issues – Please click here to learn more on the Couples program
  • Depression
  • Divorce – Separation
  • Eating Disorders – Body Image – Body Detox Effects
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Gifted Adults/Teens
  • Grief & Loss Issues (including loss of a pet)
  • Money Issues – Wealth & Inheritance Issues, Affluenza
  • Multi-Generational Trauma & Recovery
  • Multi-Cultural – Immigrant Issues
  • Parenting Your Teenager
  • Releasing & Resolving Shame and Guilt
  • Relationship – Interpersonal Conflicts/Challenges
  • Separation – Individuation Issues
  • Understanding Power & Domination Issues
  • Work Issues – Stress management – Professional Job Burnout – Job Loss

Modalities

Here are some other ways in which I may work with you:

  • Interpersonal
  • Psychodynamic – Developmental – Family of Origin
  • Humanistic – Existential
  • Transpersonal Approaches
  • Dream Work
  • Jungian
  • Somatic – EMDR & Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
  • Feminine Wisdom and Empowerment
  • Indigenous Wisdom Traditions
  • Yoga and Non Dual Philosophy
  • Buddhism

Populations served:

  • Teens
  • Adults/Individuals
  • Couples
  • Groups
 
 

Spirituality

After the stories of the psyche loosen their grip, you may wish for something even deeper. To live a life that cultivates the true power of presence, compassion, wisdom, grace, and awareness, through the joys and challenges of everyday life. Sometimes I help you develop a spiritual practice. Sometimes I help you identify your spiritual path. The ultimate reward of a spiritual path is true happiness, not fake happiness, peace, and freedom.

If you are interested, click here for more about my spiritual lineage.

Here are some of the spiritual issues you may bring:

  • Connecting with the Sacred in Daily Life
  • Crisis of Creativity – Artistic Manifestation
  • Responding to a soul calling
  • Feminine Empowerment – Awakening
  • “Dark Night of the Soul” Crisis
  • Illness or Death of a Loved One
  • Life Transitions (Marriage, Divorce, Birth of Child, Loss of Parent)
  • Loss of Meaning – Loss of Faith – Nihilism
  • Religious Upbringing Issues
  • Right Livelihood
  • Spiritual Orientation – Religious Issues
  • Shamanic Initiation – Openings
  • Spiritual Awakenings/Openings Integration

For 30 years I have worked with many different teachers who walk these ancient ways in modern times and recognize how their teachings never fail to bring a further dimension of awakening and wisdom to whatever work or process wants to unfold. I have also found that clients from all backgrounds appreciate the common sense, non-heady and non-intellectual approach offered by these traditions.

I continue to study with many different teachers who walk the ways of the earth here in modern times. Working with me, you will experience the deep respect and appreciation for all your ways of knowing, even if they are outside the box. Especially if they are outside the box.

 
 

Coaching

Embodied Spirit Coaching

Coaching is different from psychotherapy or spiritual guidance work. You may want to know the nuts and bolts of how to go get into action, how to manifest specific goals, and bring about the dreams you’ve been locking away for years.

Coaching is pragmatic, practical, and results-focused. Psychotherapy is the work of healing, deep inner psychological work. Coaching takes the gift of that healing and brings it out into your life and the world.

What is Embodied Spirit Coaching?

My approach to coaching goes far beyond just about talking about the changes you’d like to make. I focus on giving you the tools to actually do it yourself. I show you how to embody what you know you need to do.

This is a radically different approach from the usual counseling methods. Let me tell you why.

Embodied Spirit Coaching is the method I use to guide you into the rich landscape of your body to truly experience the feeling of success, inside and out. Coaching is not about a coach telling you what to do, rather it is the opposite. Just telling you what to do will not get you anywhere.

Rather, I invite you into the rich landscape of your body to feel and sense what success really feels like — from the inside out. You will feel a sense of success before it arrives. This deep embodiment is the key, and dissolves all your resistance to your desired goals.

Embodied Spirit Coaching ignites the natural leader in you.

Once your body feels your dreams inside, making them happen becomes almost effortless. You develop the focus and capacity to live out your destiny. For many coaching clients this is a welcome breath of fresh air because embodiment, focus, and letting your desires out easily ignites the way.

 
 

Immersions

Individual Immersions

The ultimate gift to yourself: not just an hour or two each month, but anywhere from half a day to five days, all focused on you.

Immersion work involves not just coaching, psychological work, or spiritual inquiry, but all three.

Stop your life for a few days. Go deep within your mind, your soul, and your heart. Set your life gently on the path you are meant to take. From the Immersion, emerge into your life with the highest calling of your soul embedded right into your day-to-day life.

Perhaps you want to create your dream business, or you long for partnership, or you are opening to a new level of self care. Immersions are designed for anyone wishing to quantum leap their personal growth into the next level. Past participants in the program have focused on job loss and transition, identity changes and issues, reclamation of self after a huge relationship transition, or opening to a more confident sense of self within. Individual Immersion work allows you and me to co-create your own life-changing program that goes straight to the heart, spirit, and soul of your calling to move forward in life.

There are no limits to your life. There are no limits to the transformation you can experience in the Immersion.

If you are ready to give yourself the ultimate gift, please write me and let me know what you’ve been wanting and thinking about.

Couples Immersions

Transformational Couples Immersions are individually crafted work for the couple in need and are anywhere from one to five days. They are also ideal for couples who prefer an alternative to weekly therapy. All Couples Immersions attract those couples who are ready to take their relationship to the next level. So, if you find yourself called to truly evolve your relationship forward, there’s no question that you’ll find this work deeply rewarding, nourishing, and a wonderful gift to enriching one of the most important relationships in your life.

The Intensity of Partnership

Archetypal life events such as moving in together, the wedding journey, the birth of a child, and certainly, infidelity, can hurl a couple into crisis. Such events call forth a deep, internal web of interwoven themes that have profound emotional, mental, historical, and relational significance. There is no other relationship journey that is more evocative, more feeling, and more transformational than that of an intimate partnership. The specifically tailored programs below are ones that acknowledge some of the most poignant transitions couples can experience. Only 23% of the psychotherapeutic community choose to work with couples, since couples in crisis are the most challenging events for the therapeutic community. I am both inspired and honored to have my practice specialize in helping couples this way.

I invite you to explore and discover which program best speaks to the urgency your relationship is calling forth.

  • Moving In – As you prepare to share your lives in a deeper way, design a map to help you navigate money, gender roles, the future, and personal boundaries in a way that feels tender, intimate and supportive.
  • On The Way To The Wedding – As you prepare for your wedding, create a marriage map to guide you through the complex issues around love, intimacy, partner roles, money, children, home, and spiritual concerns. Illuminate a sacred and authentic shared vision for your wedding day and create healthy lifelong patterns to live and grow together.
  • And Baby Makes Three (Or Four!) – Everyone is so excited about the pregnancy, but you can’t seem to understand why you feel a tidal wave of emotions hitting you all at once. In a safe space devoted to you, address all your fears, thoughts and concerns about the meaning of a new little one in your family.
  • Make It or Break It – Are you two going to make up or break up? If you are feeling disappointed, frustrated, and helpless, major growth is happening but you just can’t see it yet. Discover tools to communicate without falling into the same old traps of defensiveness, argument escalation, and lack of empathy. Create the transformation to elicit the change you want, the compassion that heals, and the illumination that inspires new life and hope.
  • After The Affair – My most popular Couples Immersion helps you heal and rebirth your relationship after the tumultuous wake of pain the affair crisis leaves behind. You have an opportunity for growth that most people turn away from because they lack the support and guidance to turn the pain into deeper love and commitment. There is hope!

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Moving In

It was amazing when you fell in love, the swirl, the magic, the juicy infinite love you felt would never leave you.

There was no denying how close and connected you felt. There was never any question of how deeply you loved each other and how much you felt you belonged with each other.

With trust and safety, you now feel that you could conquer anything as long as you were together. And you decided that it was time to live together.

And right about this time, little things, like little grains of sand in an oyster, started to rub you the wrong way. Tiny disillusionments morphed on into bigger power struggles.

So many relationships end at this point. Yours could too, if you let it.

Or you could try on this perspective. That incredible thing you felt at the beginning of your relationship is the raw life force, that if transformed, can become the truest, most transformative enlightening love you will ever receive.

But you have to take the first step.

And this is where the Moving In program comes in. Here you’ll find a haven of safety and openness to honestly discuss the issues and fears that are normal for every couple who have ever had the courage to fall deeply in love and keep going. We’ll work towards your mutual goal of making the move-in harmonious and setting up the necessary guiding structures to navigate your unfolding relationship while honoring your vision for partnership and real love.

If you would like to know more about how I can help you navigate the Moving In journey with more ease and relaxation, please email me.

On the Way to the Wedding

As your partnership journey continues and lights up your world, the incredible opportunity of marriage is now taking center stage.

You’ve said the words, “I do.” Or you’ve bravely asked your beloved to marry you. It’s all happening. You’re probably feeling a whirlwind of emotions and intensity you’ve never felt before. It can be thrilling.

And this exciting new phase launches you into a new world of closeness and growth filled with surprises and rich lessons to teach you about intimacy, deep relationship work, and healing.

Why? Because the same event that is thrilling is also incredibly evocative on just about every level.

The journey to become wedded partners in a culture where there is a staggering divorce rate can be so evocative that it’s no wonder that I often see couples coming to see me after they became engaged and then had their biggest fight, stress or meltdown to date. Rarely do partners realize the full extent of how archetypally comprehensive an event a wedding is, let alone a marriage, and our society does not openly offer a way to prepare for such an event.

It’s surprising that our culture does not teach people about what arises when they decide to marry. Themes that we must address include our colliding views on love, sex, partnership, gender roles, children, money, religion, politics, and family, just to name a few. With the family models of how to do marriage that have been handed down to us, it’s no surprise we can feel unprepared, and as a result the divorce rate is staggering, causing a destruction, a heartache, and loss we can no longer afford to bear.

We must learn how to truly prepare for and embrace the challenges before they come to “get us” in a traumatic, disruptive way.

That is why I am here to support you, On The Way To The Wedding. It’s one of my most popular programs and it will definitely help you:

  • Release fears and worries before they create drama and upset
  • Sort out family issues as the wedding day approaches.
  • Untangle concerns about religion, money, sex, and gender roles.
  • Launch your marriage journey with a real toolbox of practical resources to guide you through the road ahead in a way that heals your touchy spots, and re-enforces your strengths. Release all the barriers to a love that is as true and real as they come.

It doesn’t have to be hard or serious. Learn to have fun and pleasure as your relationship becomes a profound teacher and illuminator of the powerful community of the two of you. As you open this sacred opportunity of growth, amazing life-changing experiences can unfold. Your growth as a couple will astound you, as it spreads out into the world as a goodness and magic you may not now be able to imagine.

If you are ready to start out your couples journey in a way that will inspire and light up your wedding day, and launch your marriage with the support it deserves, feel free to reach out to me and let’s connect further.

And Baby Makes Three (or Four!)

Two little lines on a plastic stick. That means yes. A positive result. A gasp. A hoot. Or fear, and stress. Perhaps a sinking feeling. Or a feeling of pure exhilaration.

No one can ever predict how you are going to feel, but one thing is for sure. Finding out you’re pregnant can unleash a tidal wave of emotions that can flood your heart and soul. You can experience a torrent of feelings, body sensations, and questions, amidst excitement and uncertainty.

No one tells you how completely this life-changing event will affect you. You will feel and face things that our culture and much of our background leave us ill-equipped to embrace, let alone navigate.

It’s likely a good thing you’re reading this, because it means that you care and have some questions along with a willingness to look at what is one of the most important turning points of your life.

Why? Because your life will never be the same.

I heard once that when you have a child, your heart is forever outside your own body. As a mother of two children, I know from first-hand experience that this is true.

And that heart takes you on a wild soul journey that will lead you through so many emotions, so many thoughts, and brings up so many questions, it will rock your world. Everything will change: from parenting, to your relationship with your partner, to family, to sex, and to the future. Your relationship to time and your own energy will change. Along with an incredible vulnerability and responsibility you now feel.

You need an anchor, a rock. You need to be well-cared for, as you plan to care for your little one. I am here as your guide, who deeply understands and is ready to empower, support and care for you as you deal with the huge changes underfoot. You can think of me as your spiritual and emotional pregnancy doula (and yes I have been trained as a birth doula as well).

To nourish you during this time, I offer you:

  • A safe space to be truly understood, heard, and sort out your thoughts and feelings about the immense changes taking place.
  • A refuge from the intensity you may be feeling so that you can release the incredible riches of presence, awareness, and love that are such a deep opportunity inside this journey.
  • Support and guidance to heal family of origin and relationship issues that may be arising during this time for clearing.
  • Understanding and experience to help plan ahead, especially if there are complications with extended family, existing siblings, religion, parenting concerns, or other difficult issues.
  • Empowerment to discover your best parenting style, and encouragement to not lose yourself or your partnership in the process.
  • Connection to resources that may be helpful to you depending on what you need.
  • Presence and availability for support as the delivery date gets closer.

I’d love to support you on your journey and invite you to reach out to me today so we can discover what would be most nurturing to you, and your growing family.

Make It Or Break It

Your relationship has been up, it’s been down.

It’s been all around. You’re in love, you’re not sure if you’re in love.

You’ve experienced great sex, you’re experiencing okay sex, or no sex. There have been conflicts, and really deep love and connection, and more challenges.

Really, this is a healing crisis, disguised as a potential break up.

Start to see what’s true. Take a look, open-eyed, into the chasm of disconnection. You can begin to get aligned on a path that is going to help you sail towards the shores of real love, where true partnership really begins.

So what are the first steps you have to take?

I’m here to help you navigate through these uncharted waters, like a lighthouse to a ship on a foggy night.

If your relationship has been stuck on the verge of making it or breaking up, I would like to offer you the opportunity to

  • Clear the space for real communication so you can genuinely go forward no matter what the outcome.
  • Learn how to turn around the things that once attracted you, and are now driving you crazy, in conflicts and power struggles.
  • Utilize those difficulties so you can transform stress, disappointment, and confusion into pleasure, love, ease, and clarity.
  • Discover how to structure difficult conversations so you can avoid the traps of disappointments, repeated frustrations, criticisms, and defensiveness.
  • Extract the energy in any escalating argument into a giant portal for empathy, validation, and deeper seeing.
  • Ride and transform the edges of relationship’s slippery slope into incredible opportunities so you can make it, and not break up.

If you have the ‘on the verge feeling,’ in your partnership and you want to see it through to the riches that await, I’d love to hear from you so we can discuss the next steps.

After the Affair

Nobody ever told you how difficult partnership can be.

For as long as couples have experienced love, they have also experienced the tumultuous backlash of betrayal caused by infidelity.

Betrayal, hurt, and anger can arise like an inferno. When you add the rage, distrust, guilt, and worthless feelings that can threaten to overwhelm your sanity, it’s no wonder many couples break up during this time, only to go on and repeat this pattern again.

The question is, which way will you go?

I have certainly seen many couples head towards a breakup. I have also seen many miracles where couples go the other way and utilize every morsel of pain as an initiation, so that they can ultimately have a deeper relationship with each other.

I’ve seen couples become more in love with each other after going through this process of deep change.

It’s true, it can take some time to heal the chasm between the two of you that caused the rift to happen, but that is really what initiated the whole mess in the first place. The infidelity was the final manifestation, birthing a disconnection that began long ago. You probably knew that.

Most couples don’t realize that every feeling that an affair evokes, no matter which person went outside the relationship, is a feeling that triggers all the unfelt experiences of that feeling. For example, betrayal evokes all known or unknown betrayals, hurt evokes all deep hurts, distrust evokes all deep distrust and so on.

A giant relationship clean-up opportunity is here. The question is, will you take it?

Will you honor the real love that is there and utilize this love to grow and be the source of fuel that will help you process the feelings that have arisen through this?

Are you willing and curious to see what is on the other side of this challenge?

Are you willing to let the intense feelings that are here become giant clean-up portals for all the similar feelings inside you, and then see who you are as a couple on the other side of that?

If you’ve read this far, you’re curious about the new relationship that awaits you. You know that there’s more to this partnership than the big hurts, betrayals, and deep disappointments caused by this event.

You are ready to cross over to the other side of the affair; here is what this program will offer you:

  • A deeply safe space so that each person’s experience can be truly heard and received with love, non-defensiveness, and heartfelt listening.
  • An honest assessment of your shared relationship histories, so we can understand the real patterns, feelings, and emotions that are being played out through this process.
  • An opportunity to utilize every single bit of heartache as a direct portal back to honesty, tenderness, clarity, and love.
  • The tools to consciously dissolve the old partnership, and to deeply let go as you integrate the missing pieces of your connection into something new that is far more real, workable, and connected.
  • The practical resources you will definitely need as you create a new shared vision of the partnership that you may have only dreamed of.
  • The capacity to develop new skills to process overwhelming experiences create win-win situations when there is conflict, and to grow your relationship in beauty and deep, lasting love.
  • A direct opening to create an evolutionary partnership, one that holds healing, change, growth, and transcendence as the deep anchors of connection between the two of you.

This is my most popular couples program. I have seen true and lasting changes take place. I have seen relationships filled with betrayal, hurt, and anger, completely turn around into partnerships that are creative, healed, happy, and whole. It has been a joy to see love blossom, sexuality heal, emotions and feelings become manageable, and love become so true and real that many hurts and heartaches can finally be put to rest.

I breathe a sigh of relief when I share this. It is these Hallelujah experiences that light up my world. It is why I am here for you.

If you have felt the overwhelming pain of betrayal caused by infidelity and want to know how you can cross over to the dawn of a new relationship, please contact me.

 
 

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