About me and my approach:
Like many in the healing and helping professions I was brought to this work while on my own path of recovery, discovery, and personal development. As a kid I was deeply drawn to world religions, particularly those of the East, I yearned for insight and meaning, and was heavily influenced by animals, especially horses. Growing-up I immersed myself in movies and books not only for escape and entertainment, but with immense interest, studying stories in an attempt to learn more about myself and navigating relationships.
Horses are what inspired attending Lake Erie College, a school with an Equine Studies department, where I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Literature. I went on to earn a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology in 2006, becoming a licensed mental health professional in the state of California in 2009. Driven by a passion for learning, dedication to service, and commitment to craft, I’ve gone on to complete numerous trainings in various therapeutic orientations and coaching approaches since.
My experience allows me to draw on an array of modalities, including: attachment theory; depth orientations; behavioral health; Buddhist psychology; expressive arts; eco-therapy; yoga and mindful movement; and equine interaction. Dynamic Dharma services are aimed at supporting greater relational skills that benefit the personal, social, and environmental spheres. My style values presence, curiosity, the experiential, collaboration, sociocultural competence, a sense of humor, compassion, and realness.
Relevant professional affiliations include:
The Daring Way (currently in process of becoming certified)
Here are some highlights of my pursuits - paying homage to various inspiring influences:
I completed a M.A. degree in Clinical Psychology in 2006, a post graduate internship in 2008, and became a licensed mental health professional in the state of California in 2009. Since then I have worked in community mental health, schools, residential treatment, and private practice settings. I have supervised in clinic and agency settings since 2011.
After a decade of regular practice and study I decided to pursue training as a yoga teacher. My cherished Shunyata Yoga community lead me to meeting Katchie Ananda who has been an ongoing source of wisdom and mentorship. I completed a formal 200-hour level yoga teacher training with Katchie in 2012.
In the Spring of 2015 I took refuge with Lama Tsultrim Allione and found my Buddhist home at Tara Mandala. I am a certified Feeding Your Demons® psychotherapist facilitator and a member of Magyu. I have the good fortune of receiving ongoing guidance and support from Tara Mandala teacher Lopön Charlotte Rotterdam.
My friend and mentor, Lori Jean Glass, inspired and made possible joining the Five Sisters Ranch team from 2017-2018. Lori Jean is the founder of Pivot: a Relational Alignment Group, and Glass House Intensives. Both programs I have first hand familiarity with, wholeheartedly endorse, and continues to contribute to.
My youth-into-adulthood was heavily, and positively, influenced by horses. This would not have been possible without the support and skill of Lisa Lombardi. Aware of how empowering and transformative the horse / human relationship can be I chose to become an equine interaction professional and am certified through CBEIP.
I view Brené Brown as a modern day Bodhisattva (one who brings awareness through the tenderness of truth and love) and am thrilled for the opportunity to participate in The Daring Way™ training and certification program for helping professionals, based on Dr. Brown’s courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy research.