I am inspired by nature, the depth and breadth of human emotion, music and art, and my family. I earned a Bachelor's Degree in Science from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. I was raised in the Midwest which instilled in me the values of hard work and taking care of one another.
I believe strongly that a foundation for transformative work is becoming more fully embodied. By grounding ourselves in our bodies we are able to fully embrace our human experience, whether that experience includes times of great joy, times of challenge and struggle, times of mundane monotony, or anything in between. In bringing ourselves back into our bodies we are in fact bringing ourselves back into the ultimate experience of life, as well as finding and sustaining the energy required to meet therapeutic goals. As author Stephen Cope says in his book Yoga and the Quest for the True Self, "Seeing...has to be done with the whole self. In order to be known, reality must be experienced, with the body, the feeling life, and the life of the mind."
During my time in graduate school, I have had the pleasure of working closely with a private practitioner, which provided me with dozens of hours of one-on-one training. This training gave me a greater understanding of attachment theory, which I approach from a feminist, social-justice-oriented lens.
I am interested in working with adults experiencing grief or crisis (PTSD, divorce, illness). In addition to my yoga teacher certification, in 2021 I completed twenty hours of training specifically for yoga for trauma, which I can incorporate into sessions.