The art and science of treating ourselves like a good friend.
Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is an empirically-supported training program designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion for personal growth, developed by Chris Germer and Kristin Neff. Self-compassion involves being caring and supportive to ourselves:
- Listening to ourselves with understanding
- Remembering we are not alone in our struggles
- Soothing, comforting, and protecting ourselves
- Making changes out of self-love and a commitment to growth.
Rather than adding to our to-do list, the practice of self-compassion incorporates tools and perspectives to employ on-the-spot anytime, anywhere. Compassion is considered to be an energizing emotion, and can help us to feel more connected with others and with our own inner resources and wisdom.
Research has demonstrated that self-compassion is strongly associated with:
- Emotional strength and wellbeing
- Resilience in coping with life challenges
- Lower levels of anxiety and depression
- Motivation with less fear of failure
- Healthy habits
I am a Mindful Self-Compassion Trained Teacher, and incorporate MSC tools and practices into one-on-one personalized instruction, self-compassion sessions, coaching and custom workshops. I also offer the courses on the Mindful Self-Compassion Program with my co-teacher, Emily Whyte Rubin.
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Designing Your Life / Life Design
Explore new perspectives and creative solutions when feeling stuck.
Many of us experience life transitions — planned and unplanned, periods of feeling stuck, and changes within ourselves, our relationships, and our communities.
Designing Your Life (DYL) / Life Design is based on the work of Stanford Professors Bill Burnett and Dave Evans. The Life Design framework applies the design-thinking process to our own lives — meeting challenges and uncertainty with more flexibility and creativity, and practical strategies for flourishing.
Explore life’s wicked problems: Explore the meaning of life and work (for you); Re-design your day to enhance balance and energy; Reflect on life roles and what aspects resonate most for you; Frame solvable problems; Engage in creative brainstorming; Prototype life’s possibilities; Learn from failure; and more!
Bias to Action: Identify small, actionable, affordable steps to build your way forward. Test out your ideas in real life, in low-risk ways. Like a designer, approach life with a creative, iterative approach, learn along the way, collaborate with others, be curious — and have fun.
Start where you are: Life design is possible, no matter your starting point.
I am a Certified Designing Your Life Facilitator and Coach. I infuse Designing Your Life tools into one-on-one personalized instruction, Designing Your Life coaching, and custom workshops. I also offer facilitation for groups and organizations with my colleagues at Fieldbrook Advising.
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Mindfulness, or balanced, present moment awareness, can bring a sense of grounding and dramatically enhance our self-awareness. There are a host of physical, mental, and emotional benefits connected to developing a mindfulness practice, such as:
- Reduced rumination (thinking – over and over again about the same thing)
- Stress reduction
- Improved focus
- Reduces emotional reactivity
- Improves cognitive flexibility
I have trained in Mindfulness through my graduate work and through the Nalanda Institute’s Contemplative Psychotherapy certificate program with a focus on Mindfulness. I incorporate mindfulness into personalized instruction, coaching, and custom offerings.
Life and Well-being Coaching
A reflective, empowering and experiential process to help you improve your overall well-being.
Set a vision for well-being, explore new beliefs and behaviors, navigate change, and develop and deepen skills to manage stress. Experiment with incremental changes, learn from challenges, and receive support to make a lasting difference for your well-being.
Focus on any of the following areas of life:
- Relationship to self
- Enhancing emotional, physical and/or spiritual health
- Personal and/or professional growth and development
- Navigating life transitions
- Developing or strengthening practices to manage stress
I am a certified Wellness and Health and Well-being Coach and integrate tools and practices for holistic well-being into coaching and workshops.
Yoga / Yoga Coaching
Yoga = to unite. A contemplative practice for healing, integration, connection and kindness. Yoga offers an opportunity to listen deeply to our minds, bodies and hearts, to heal with movement and breath, to cultivate present moment awareness, and to play with embodying mindfulness and self-compassion. I offer yoga practices with an intention to help others reconnect with themselves in body, mind and heart.
What is yoga coaching?
Yoga coaching incorporates yoga philosophy, movement, breath-work, and mindfulness into coaching sessions.
This can include beginning with centering movement, exploring themes that we are working on in coaching in an embodied way, and exploring themes from yogic and contemplative philosophy into the coaching process to apply ancient wisdom in our modern lives.
I am a certified Yoga Coach through Yoga Med Co. I offer Yoga Coaching sessions and integrate yoga facilitation and coaching into workshops and custom offerings.
MA, Clinical Mental Health Counseling
I have a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from UNC Charlotte and I worked as a therapist at Vassar College for three years..
With my previous training and experience as a therapist, my starting point is to see each person as whole and an expert in their own lives. My goal as a teacher, facilitator and coach is to help you remember your wholeness and to (re)connect with your own inner wisdom and courage.
Trauma-Sensitive approaches take into account how trauma impacts the body and mind.
There are a more inclusive range of options we can incorporate in practicing mindfulness, yoga, self-compassion, and in navigating both one-on-one and small-group class sessions. I have benefitted from these approaches, and have engaged in training to adjust my offerings to be more trauma-sensitive.
My offerings are guided in part by the work of David Treleaven and his Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness Training program, a training workshop with Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, and experience / training through my previous experience as a therapist.
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