My Approach

I draw from my trainings, certifications and professional experiences with the following frameworks:

Mindful Self-Compassion

Explore the art and science of treating ourselves like we would a good friend.

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; and 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. 

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Humanistic Psychology

My Master’s degree and clinical experiences in Clinical Mental Health Counseling has profoundly shaped how I work with clients.

I emphasize looking at the whole individual, working with experiences in the here and now (vs. in-depth exploration of family history, for example), and a passion for helping people fulfill their potential and maximize their well-being. I also bring a tendency to listen deeply, reflect back what I hear, and identify tools and resources to meet the particular challenge at hand.

While I have a background in mental health and therapy, at this time, my services are considered coaching and teaching (not mental health counseling or therapy).

Embodied Well-being

I am a certified Wellness & Health Coach and offer a holistic approach to set a vision for well-being, explore new beliefs and behaviors, and to develop and deepen skills to manage stress and difficulty.

Our work together can 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 loss and life transitions
  • Developing or strengthening practices to manage stress

Designing Your Life (DYL) Coaching

Learning through experience is at the heart of this creative, action-oriented approach to navigating life challenges and getting unstuck.

DYL applies the creative, human-centered design-thinking methodology to our own lives, to enhance a sense of flourishing.

Explore reflection exercises and visual mapping tools, learn the power of framing a solvable problem, cultivate the mindset of curiosity, brainstorm new and fresh ideas, test future possibilities, and get started through a bias to action.

Trauma-Informed Mindfulness

An approach that incorporates an awareness of the way trauma impacts the body and provides a more inclusive range of options for practice.

I have benefitted from a more creative, inclusive approach to mindfulness in my own life; have trained and continue to train in best practices; and provide support for clients to discover their own unique, safe, and supported “way in” to access balanced, kind awareness.

Yoga

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, and to play with embodying mindfulness and self-compassion.

I currently teach yoga through Jai Yoga in Brunswick, Maine. I also incorporate yoga into one-to-one coaching and teaching or custom workshops upon request.

Meditation practice isn’t about trying to throw ourselves away and become something better.
It’s about befriending who we are already.

Pema Chödrön

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