Long before I became a craniosacral therapist, I trained as a yoga therapist, Reiki practitioner, and meditation teacher. I worked privately with children with special needs and adults with Down Syndrome in addition to managing a yoga studio and teaching the public. I learned tools to help people access more calm and learn to trust their bodies, and I continue to use them as a foundation for my work to this day.
In 2008, I attended my first craniosacral training with Eric Moya, CST-D, from the Upledger Institute at the Esalen Institute and enrolled in a graduate program for Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine that same year. I trained in acupuncture, herbalism, Chinese meridian theory, dietetics, naturopathic nutrition, and energetics. I continue to draw upon this multi-disciplinary approach when working with clients. Most of my masters-level study and clinical practice focused on women’s health and chronic conditions.*
Although I no longer poke people with needles or offer massage, I do use my background as a foundation for our work together. This foundation supports your learning and understanding of how to stay balanced throughout all the seasons and phases and stresses of your life, and it makes the results of our work together all the more enduring.
*To be clear, I do not provide acupuncture services. I do not diagnose, assess or treat with medicine.
Soon after leaving graduate school, I became assistant director to a personal retreat center while completing my Anusara Yoga immersion and teacher training with Kenny Graham and Samantha Brown. This helped me learn essential tools to help people repair, rebuild, and recover from injury, chronic stress, and life tragedies.
In 2012, I completed a two-year, 700+hour training in Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy with the Pacific School of Biodynamic Integration under the tutelage of Carol Agneesans.
The two year training included cross-disciplinary studies in embryology, neurology, attachment psychology, and contemplative healing practices, as well as traditional anatomy and somatic psychology. The trainings enabled me to effectively blend my previous studies with my bodywork skills into a holistic therapeutic modality that is gentle, sensitive, and most especially, effective in significantly helping people heal.
I continue to expand my knowledge of the biodynamic model through advanced and post-graduate classes, such as working with chronic fatigue and with birth trauma in infants and adults. I also mentored with Viola Sampson to better understand chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia.
For the past three years, I’ve become known for my work with newborns and mothers. I’ve helped dozens of babies in Santa Barbara County and South Pasadena recover from birth trauma, breast feeding difficulties, fussiness, and gastric discomfort.
I love learning and regularly take trainings to grow my skills in this work.
I was a teaching assistant for Body Intelligence for a time before recommitting myself as student.
Most recently, I’ve renewed my studies with the Upledger Institute. This training will continue my commitment to pediatrics and advanced education, as well as incorporate my various trainings in craniosacral therapy with a clear focus for client work. I am a member of the International Association of Healthcare Practitioners (IAHP), which offers a practitioner referral site at www.iahp.com and a licensed massage practitioner in the state of California (LMP #49494). I use my biomechanical skills as a complement to my biodynamic work.
Pre and peri natal psychology focuses on imprints from preconception through the first year of life. These imprints may continue to have significant impacts on our health into our adult years and may keep us from fully realizing our own life purpose. I have found that understanding this period of time is crucial for working therapeutically with people of all ages, including infants, children, families and adults.
Many of my clients are adults who are attracted to my approach, style, and unique expertise in integrative healing as well as the warm and gentle nature of our working relationship.