I have been practicing from an embodied approach to spiritually-oriented psychotherapy for over 35 years. I grew up at a time in history when young people were searching for ways of life that expressed their authenticity and ways to continue to develop as a person, rather than fulfill roles or parental expectations. I “knew” in an intuitive sense back then, that these two pathways (spiritual and personal growth) are intertwined and it has been my life work to learn how to be a healing presence for those seeking a kind of wholeness that is rich with spiritual purpose.
I learned from the work of Carl Rogers and Eugene T. Gendlin, both who taught me how to listen to the whole person, how to invite further exploration and inner listening, and step aside so that the inner direction forming within the person is expressed.
I was the founding Director of The Focusing Institute and currently am a Certifying Coordinator. I have taught Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy through local and national programs and graduate schools.
I have taught internationally including The Netherlands, Hong Kong, Mainland China, Japan, Canada and this fall in Hungary.
I have special expertise in the area of Mind/Body Healing, and help people discover how to listen to information that comes through the body to guide a physical healing process. Both my research in the field of cancer care and 7 years of working at the Center for Complementary Medicine, Park Ridge, Il. inform my work.
My spiritual journey has included exploring many spiritual practices and both Eastern and Western religious traditions, including, most recently, 16 years of studying and practicing Zen Buddhism. I have a deep respect for the diversity of our spiritual expressions and religious orientations and the unique ways in which each person is touched and engaged by the mystery of life.