I love helping others get well; I think of it as paying forward the compassionate healing I have received. I also know that vitality exists on the other side of struggle and pain, because I’ve been there!
I first discovered yoga’s benefits in 2013. I started with a video on my laptop; I didn’t even have a mat. I soon found – and fell in love with – live classes with a local teacher. Before long I was enrolled in a 200-hour teacher training so I could pass on the benefits I was feeling to other people.
My journey to becoming a practitioner started later in 2014 when unexpected trauma entered my life. After dark one night a stranger followed me home and attacked me. I feared for my life in those moments, and although the bruises and broken bones healed within weeks, for months afterward I was unable to leave the house or go about my normal daily activities.
I had all the symptoms of PTSD: feeling helpless and disconnected, frozen and distracted, with bursts of intense flashbacks and waves of uncontrollable emotion. I had sleep disturbances, noise sensitivity and panic attacks. I tried trauma-oriented talk therapy, and although I liked my therapist, the process of trying to talk about what happened actually made my symptoms worse. I began searching for alternative healing methods, and that’s when I discovered somatic work.
My first somatic session as a client was a revelation to me. I didn’t have to talk about the story of what happened. Instead, we focused on body sensations arising in the moment. The practitioner offered gentle touch to help my body feel safe again. After one session, I felt like a Human Being for the first time in months! After only 15 sessions, I felt better than I had before the attack happened. Somatic healing gave me my life back, and completely resolved all my PTSD symptoms as well as other symptoms such as anxiety and depression that had plagued me for years.
I knew I had to share this work with the world. I soon began training to become a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP). With the traditional wisdom of yoga and the modern gifts of body-oriented, trauma-informed and neuroscience-backed modalities, I believe I offer a well-rounded approach that incorporates both mind and body for lasting transformation.
In 2019, my husband and I moved from Colorado to Evansville, Indiana, and I opened my office here. I have continued to add to my training and to deepen in yoga; read about my qualifications below. Click here to see more about each modality I practice.
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