I have been an ardent practitioner and facilitator of personal growth and self transformation, in my personal and professional life, for more than 20 years. I draw on my own experiences of healing and awakening as well as more than two decades of integrative study, practice and teaching of transformational psychotherapies, vipassana meditation, life coaching, and facilitating groups and workshops to become a skillful guide interweaving many paths of compassionate, conscious connection.
I’m passionate about integrating the paradigms and practices of modern neuroscience, Western relational psychology and Eastern contemplative practice to help people shift out of old patterns of response to life events – neural “swamp” or neural “cement” – to more flexible, adaptive patterns that lead to more authentic resilience and well-being.
My book, Bouncing Back: Rewiring Your Brain for Maximum Resilience and Well-Being, offers a ground-breaking integration of tools and techniques to help you rewire old patterns of response encoded in your neural circuitry and move into the five C’s of Coping: calm, clarity, connections to resources, competence, and courage. Through using dozens of experiential exercises to rewire your brain, and understanding the neuroscience that explains why these tools and techniques work, you’ll be able to navigate the storms and struggles of life more quickly, more adaptively, more effectively.
As a consultant-trainer-facilitator, I offer clinical trainings and personal growth workshops nationwide based on the book. (See Trainings and Calendar) Participants learn practical tools to help reconfigure and rewire “stuck” brain-behavior patterns, reduce stress and burnout, restore a sense of perspective, and recover a sense of balance, wholeness, connections with others, and open-ended creativity. The renewed neural flexibility in the brain help them – and their clients – more from surviving to thriving, even flourishing.
As a seasoned clinician, I integrate mindfulness practice, experiential psychotherapies and findings from neuroscience and attachment research into a strong foundation of psychodynamic intersubjectivity. My model of therapeutic transformation is accelerated and effective.
As a skillful life coach, I respectfully guide clients through processes that evoke help them recover their capacities for resilience and bouncing back from the disappointments and disasters of their lives. Coaching includes:
- re-visioning one’s goals and dreams
- claiming one’s strengths and wisdom
- dramatically shifting perspectives, creating options, clarifying intentions
- creating action plans and measures of accountability
- moving steadily toward a life of more authentic purpose and fulfillment.
As a dedicated practitioner and teacher of vipassana (insight) meditation, I anchor my work and my being in the wisdom and compassion practices that steady the mind, open the heart, and meet life’s challenges with resilience, grace and equanimity.
As the creator of this website and author of the monthly Healing and Awakening into Aliveness and Wholeness e-newsletters, weekly e-quotes and weekly e-Resources for Recovering Resilience archived here, I provide practical tools and links to other resources to help you live more authentically in resonant relationships, engage in meaningful work, and act as an agent of compassionate change in the world.