This human experience is filled with awe inspiring beauty, as well as incredible pain, and learning how to be present and connected to ourselves and others amidst the infinite ebb and flow of experience is a true journey.
The good news is that it IS possible!
I believe that we each hold the wisdom it takes to liberate ourselves from damaging habits and patterns, and my work centers on helping to facilitate my clients’ connection to their own inner wisdom, as well as evoking their own desires and reasons for change.
I come to this work through the necessity of my own healing. In addition to being a Holistic Coach, trained Recovery Coach, Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Internal Family Systems Practitioner, and an ordained Interfaith Minister; I have a wealth of lived experience garnered through navigating my own healing journey from chaotic and problematic substance use, as well as significant trauma. However, what worked for me in my recovery may not work for you, as recovery is an intensely personal process with no inherently "right" or "wrong" methods- only those that either do or do not work for any particular individual at any particular point in time. We can explore together what feels resonant and authentic to you, in your recovery.
My perspective on recovery is in alignment with the non-pathologizing view of Internal Family Systems, which sees all "mental illness" as a fundamental expression of wellness, in that all symptoms are a manifestation of the human psyche doing its best to protect itself from pain and to maintain homeostasis. In this vein, I rarely even use the word "addiction" anymore in general and instead prefer to look at chaotic or problematic substance use through the lens that the creator of IFS, Richard Schwartz, uses. This view sees "addiction" as simply being "ritualized, compulsive, comfort-seeking."
Stigma plays a huge part in healing from chaotic or problematic substance use of any kind, as our culture and society have many burdens that effect the way people who use substances are seen. I use many different methods to explore with people what influence shame and stigma have in their lives, and to shine a light on the ways our society and the healthcare/ healing industry perpetuate the patriarchal and colonized standpoint of the “power over” model, instead of the “shoulder to shoulder” model based in connection and radical acceptance.
I bring training in Motivational Interviewing, Internal Family Systems, multiple methods of Mindfulness Meditation, and much more to my work and am constantly expanding my skillset to better serve those who I have the great honor of supporting.
Beyond this, my three children are my greatest teachers and being a mother my greatest joy!
Wishing you bright a beautiful blessings on your path <3