What do you like most about what you do?
It is so hard to narrow down what I like most about what I do as every day is different, but I would have to say it would be the shifts and progression I get to witness and experience as I journey with the many brave and courageous people that enter my office. There is a great challenge, reward, and honor in safely being to co-pilot of someone’s journey.
In another life…
I’m pretty sure I was a secret spy agent or a cat – both are fair game.
The best piece of advice I’ve ever been given is…
To never stop learning and growing and be kind to people along the way as everyone has their own bag that they carry around and you never know what is in it.
What’s the most inspiring part of your job?
Being someone who likes and needs variety in life, I find that challenge inspires me. I specialize in both trauma and couple’s therapy which bring with it an array of layers to work through. It feels inspiring to experience people peeling back these layers and getting to the root of what it really going on for them, while also getting to know themselves in a way they never have before. I cannot think of anything more inspiring than knowing and feeling yourself on that deep of a level.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
This depends on my mood, but most often being in nature is at the top of my list. One of my favorite things to do includes exploring other towns, cities, and spaces. I tend to do a lost of restoring when I am not working, so this includes going for walks, working out, trying out a new recipe, yoga, or simply being still with a good book.
Walk us through your morning routine
Oh boy, this just got personal! My morning always starts with tending to Lady Willow. She is relentless and persistent in getting her canned wet food in a timely manner and will produce some of the most drawn out meows imaginable until she gets fed. Beyond that, I like to relax with a coffee outside, go for a walk or do a workout, and then start getting organized for the day ahead. Mornings are often my favorite part of the day and I use them to get centered and aligned while infusing them with self-care, so that I can enter into my client work with a solid and grounded prescence.
Do you remember your first cellphone?
The big brick I used to carry around? I believe it was canary yellow. I have worked hard to block this memory 😊
What is your favourite late-night snack?
I enjoy hummus and rice crackers or perhaps a piece of dark vegan chocolate – or, maybe both!
What are your Must-have snacks?
Hummus, vegan dark chocolate, popcorn (homemade, of course) and occasionally some lightly potato chips with avocado oil.
You can only take one supplement for the rest of your life: what is it and why?
If I could only take one supplement for the rest of my life it would likely be Ashwaghanda. Some of its many benefits, including reducing and balancing cortisol as well as helping to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression make it one of my favorite supplements.
What is your health and well-being philosophy?
As Buddha said, “Your body is precious. It is our vehicle for awakening. Treat it with care.” I try to live my life in a way that honors both my mind and body. I am a firm believer that both impact one another and as much as we spend time taking care of our bodies, we also need to take care of our mind. The biggest thing is finding something that works for you and do it as consistently as possible. I say “as possible” because we are all human beings trying to navigate our ways through this world and at times we will regress and fall off track, this is when being compassionate is most important and knowing that the path is never linear