MEET YOUR COACH
I am the middle of seven children and grew up in a family chronically stressed by poverty and adversity. I love my family and although it wasn’t all bad, the chronic stress was too much for me during adolescence, so I graduated a year early from high school and left home to make my own way. I thought that all I had to do was move out, and I would finally feel the peace and happiness that I’d always imagined was possible.
While moving out did help, it turns out there’s a lot more to healing after a rough childhood than just walking away from it all. It took more than two decades with countless migraine headaches, severe endometriosis, several other serious health challenges and repeated dysfunctional relationships for me to learn that I needed to actively engage in my own recovery and wellness on a deeply holistic level in order to live the life I craved.
In the spring of 1996, after twenty years of diverse professional experiences and lots of travel, I returned to the Pacific Northwest for a job that I knew wasn't ideal for me, but which supported my desire to move back to the west coast. Soon after I settled in, I began to feel agitated about my work life, stressed and sad about my dysfunctional family relationships. There was no real joy in my life and I felt a lot like I had when I was a teen. I wanted to change my life, but I didn't know how because I felt stuck in my job by debt, so I tried to make the best of it until I would be financially free to make other choices.
Meanwhile, I'd had persistent, pre-cancerous cells on my cervix for 13 years, in spite of having many treatments with several doctors. After learning about mind-body healing and the power of our beliefs from Louise L. Hay's book, You Can Heal Your Life, I had one last surgery to remove the abnormal cells. I'd done some deep emotional healing with the help of the book, and after the surgery I knew I was finally free of cervical dysplasia, even though my primary care doctor told me that I had cancer and urged me to have a hysterectomy. I knew she was wrong, so I fired her and never saw her again. I've had perfect cervical health since then, and four years later I gave birth to my only child.
Although I had triumphed over that serious health challenge, I continued to feel out of place and disempowered in my life. In the summer of 1998, life gave me a perfect storm to catalyze change – traumatic injury, major family upheaval, frustration at working in a job I didn't like and yet another relationship failure. I consolidated my debts, quit my job and moved to a hot spring retreat center in the Cascade Mountains to heal and reboot in wild nature. That courageous choice changed my life in a big way.
As I healed my body, mind and spirit with transformative breath work, massage therapy and energy healing treatments, I learned a lot about post traumatic stress, the nervous system and holistic trauma recovery. Through the combination of somatic and psycho-spiritual experiences I engaged in, I found a sense of wholeness I'd never had before; that inspired my path as a healing facilitator and life coach.
In 2001, I began an ongoing study and practice of Nonviolent Communication; in 2005 I became a Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and a Certified Humanistic Neuro-Linguistic Psychology Coach. In early 2013 I learned Emotional Freedom Techniques and Matrix Reimprinting, and in January of 2015 I completed training as a Professional Co-Active Coach.
In early 2015, I heard about the ground-breaking Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study, conducted in 1995 by Kaiser Permanente and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. I took the 10-question quiz and came up with a score of 6 out of 10 (zero is the best score someone can have). What I've learned about ACEs (life expectancy is lowered by 20 years for someone with a score of 6 or more) motivates me to live optimally so I can make up for the damage of having lived with so much unhealed trauma during the first 40 years of my life. I'm deeply committed to growing my holistic resilience and helping others to do the same by practicing a trauma-informed approach to coaching and healing facilitation.
I use all of the tools, techniques and wisdom I’ve cultivated so far to help my clients discover and engage their own inner healing resources, reframe limiting beliefs, and unite body, mind and spirit, creating alignment with their unique expressions of life.