MYTHOLOGY: my life; my colorful and ever changing personal mythology is relatable; throughout much of it, I have sought a Gnostic (seeker of knowledge) way of life, seeking solutions from within: psychology and spirituality have always been close to my heart. Where many others have been or presently are, I have been at one time or another in my lifetime to many of those places; of course in a different pair of shoes: marriage, mental health, dis-ease, children, jobs, education, divorce, death, illness, domestic violence, single parenting, relationships, traumas, caregiving, and more. I have two adult children and two grandchildren. I was primary caregiver to my father for several years until he passed in March of 2018. I enjoy photography, reading, writing and researching anything related to depth psychology and spirituality or depth-oriented living. I write poetry, enjoy movie going, gardening, collage, drawing, and visiting the beach whenever possible. I like to stay civically awake to what is going on in politics and in the world. I practice meditation, stretch, yoga and mindfulness living. During a visit to Chennai, India in 2006 I was told my fortune by an Indian man, his parrot and a deck of tarot cards. I was told you will live to be 116 at which time you will gladly greet death. So, beginning a new career late in life seems doable if I am to believe I will live a long life.
VOCATIONAL PURSUITS & CONTINUED EDUCATION: Destiny and a lifetime swarming with starts-stops-and-start-back-up-agains, as well as multiple and multifarious loses have catapulted me into this wisdom-based vocation of depth psychology at the age of 56. While many of my peers have been preparing for retirement, I have been preparing for a new career: finishing up my undergraduate work in English with an emphasis in Technical Communications and matriculating into graduate school at Pacifica Graduate Institute, Santa Barbara, CA where I received my MA degree in Counseling Psychology in 2012, at the age of 61. I completed EWU's Addiction Studies Graduate Certificate in May of 2016; I have received training to become a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) through International Association of Trauma Professionals (2013). Because of my time shared with my father and primary caregiving responsibilities, I have not dedicated much time to educational opportunities outside my office. However, with my father's passing in 2018, that is changing.
CLINICAL PRACTICE: I practice under the supervision of a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist . My goal as a practitioner is to support and facilitate psychological and personality development, recovery, higher consciousness, and to make a positive difference in the lives of those who suffer psychically and somatically and who earnestly seek relief from their suffering. As a depth psychotherapist, I am open to many traditional and non-traditional therapeutic interventions and techniques such as Motivational Interviewing (MI), Active Imagination, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Empty Chair, Therapeutic PsycheCollage; Creative Art and Play Therapy, Native American Animal Medicine and Sacred Path Readings, and Somatic Awareness techniques and many others.