What Brought Me to This
Through the years I have studied art and psychology as a vehicle for this expression. Participation in Speaking Circles was a natural extension of my passion for authentic, creative communication with myself and others. Circles have been a greenhouse where my gifts have flowered, and where I have been a joyful witness to the exquisite unfolding of others.
I love the radiance, magic
and genuine connections that emerge when we shine the light of yes on one
another's magnificent presence.
The two interests, art and psychology, however, are intertwined for me. I experience the development of the self, and helping people face their fears as an art in itself. Professionally, I have been practicing psychotherapy for 15 years, non-professionally I would have to say I have been practicing all my life.
Though I have a BA degree in Art and a Masters in counseling psychology, I have labored in daffodil fields, restaurants, offices, casinos, photo labs assembling lines and various schools. My basic philosophy has always been, what can I learn from this to grow more true to myself, and how can I help others learn, so that they can grow more true to themselves.
What I discovered repeatedly is that healing fears and releasing blocks to creative expression is the key to a fulfilling life. For the past 8 years I have been integrating my background in art and psychology with greater focus and intent.
Before beginning my work in
Speaking Circles, I taught classes in creative development and
in 1996 created and facilitated a week-long women's creativity exploration
retreat on Maui. I now teach and supervise psychotherapy interns and lead
ongoing Speaking Circles in addition to my psychotherapy practice.
At home I do the same, minus
the snorkeling. Many things give me pleasure, my garden, books, photography,
cooking, good food and intimate conversation with friends. I welcome the
sense of inner and outer adventure, and personal discovery that is always
just a heart beat away.
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