I have worked extensively with children, youth, and adults for the last 20 years as a high school & college coach, an outdoor hiking/climbing guide, and a licensed mental health therapist and supervisor within community mental health. Within these roles, I have seen the impact that various life challenges have on others from physical and sexual trauma, grief and loss from life threatening illnesses or physical injuries, to effects of depression and anxiety. I have always found that with compassion, connection, and exploration we are able to find our way through the healing process. By partnering with individuals and families to learn what is important to them, what works and what doesn’t, and to explore new strategies and concepts, my students and clients create their own path in healing with me as their guide. I am interested in partnering with others along their own journey, meeting them exactly where they are.
Through out my life I have also had my own personal experiences that have brought opportunity for growth and healing. As I sought out my own path, movement and nature have not only been a source of enjoyment, but have also been a source of healing. Much of my childhood and young adult years were spent in the outdoors, playing in the desert, camping in the woods, and hiking along trails and up mountains. I continue to seek out these wild and wondrous places as a respite from our fast paced world, grief and sorrow, and to find connection with that which is greater than me.
My own journey in yoga began through my asana practice (physical poses) as a way to challenge my body and as a way to heal from injuries. As I began to pay attention to and absorb the concepts of yoga philosophy, I found a deeply healing process with many practical tools that allow me to be in the world with more ease, less suffering, and in greater connection with others. From there I began to study Integrated Movement Therapy ® as a way to bring together my clinical training along side my life experiences.
Integrated Movement Therapy (IMT ®), a specific modality of yoga therapy, brings together the components of what I have found powerful in my own life and have seen to be equally powerful for others including, mindfulness practices and self-exploration through movement, discussion, and self-reflection.
Certified Integrated Movement Therapy (IMT ®) Practitioner
Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT)
Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)
Registered Yoga Teacher, RYT 200
Undergraduate in Psychology & Minor in Kinesiology
Masters in Marriage, Family, and Child Therapy
The yoga therapy components of my teaching are based on my certification in Integrated Movement Therapy (IMT ®), developed by Molly Lannon Kenny at The Samarya Center, not derived from my status as an RYT 200 with Yoga Alliance Registry.