This is what defines me: a deep appreciation of life with all of its highs and lows. Many years ago I was miserable, unhealthy, hating work and uninspired by life. Today I am fortunate to be creating a rich and fulfilling life. Learning how to pull myself out of the lowest of lows has enabled me to help hundreds of people create better health and more fulfilling lives for themselves. If I can do it, you can do it.
In my work I use an interesting combination of tools integrating more than 11 years of training and experience in counseling, nutrition, hypnotherapy and education. I have a Masters Degree in Counseling from Columbia University; a Holistic Health Counselor Certification from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition; and I am a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist and Neuro-Linguistic Programming Coach from Bennett-Stellar University, among other training and certifications.
I got here by following my own personal journey after realizing how sick and miserable I was in my early twenties. Back then I had terrible hormone issues that led to very bad acne and weight issues. I felt like I was trapped in a body that wasn’t cooperating and trapped in a job that I hated. The worst part of it was that I was lost as to how to make any of it better. I felt powerless.
Since then, I have been on the journey that arises from listening to my heart and tirelessly seeking to uncover what will bring me the greatest joy and fulfillment. That heart-centered compass guided me through graduate school, becoming a holistic nutritionist and hypnotherapist, leaving my corporate job, starting my business, etc. And in the process of finding my joy I also walked the path to heal my body.
I’ve learned first hand that life is one indivisible whole. You cannot separate what happens inside your body from what happens in the context of your life. To heal your body physically, you must also look at what’s going on in your thoughts, emotions, career, relationships, finances, home environment, etc. You’ll find that as you create a more balanced, joyful life it will be easier and easier to sustain better health.
My journey toward whole-life health began more than 25 years ago. Reading about the affects of my food choices on my body and the environment, not to mention their ethical implications, drove me to become a compulsive label reader. This information transformed how I fed myself and my family.
In my late 20s, I began reading books by Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra, and other self-help gurus. The notion that I was responsible for my life was new to me. In my early 30s, these new concepts were put to the test. I was going through a divorce and, like most people, I blamed my spouse for what wasn’t working in our marriage. As time went on, I began to realize that we had co-created our marriage and I was equally responsible. Taking full ownership of my role was incredibly empowering. It allowed me to view my husband with compassion and remain grounded as we went through the painful process of separation and divorce. Perhaps most importantly, it allowed us to create a healthy working relationship for the sake of our children.
Leaving my marriage forced me to challenge my old belief that I was incapable of supporting myself. In spite of gut-wrenching terror, I bought a home and started my own graphic design business. Within a year I was supporting myself and my family with no financial help from anyone. I had completely reinvented myself!
The journey continued when, in 1995, I discovered the work of Dr. Thurman Fleet and the Concept Therapy Institute. I began learning about how the subconscious mind works and how our beliefs drive our decisions. I started to see my life as a series of lessons; each phase had something to teach me. I also learned that I was being run by a lot of limiting beliefs! Discovering these beliefs has been like peeling away the layers of an onion, and the process has been life changing.
The further I traveled down this road of personal growth and empowerment, the more I realized that I wanted to help others do the same. In 2008, I was certified as an empowerment coach by the Empowerment Institute, and in 2009, I attended Bennett Stellar University and became certified in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and hypnotherapy.
The intimate relationship between our mind, emotions and body never ceases to amaze me. With an understanding that all parts our our life and being have an impact of every other part, I bring the whole-self/whole-life approach that I use in my own life to my work with clients. I find helping others to break through the barriers that have been holding them back to be immensely gratifying work.
In addition to my work, I find great joy and fulfillment volunteering for hospice and my local theater, as well as spending time with family and friends.