Having worked as a mental health therapist for 19 years, and a hospice and palliative care spiritual counselor for 14 years, I bring over 19 collective years of experience working with grief and loss.
I have lost loved ones by death and by choosing to let go of someone for personal health reasons. I have seen up close how loss comes in many forms. I have also worked in the end-of-life field for 14 years, where I have seen the impact grief can have on a person. In this line of work, I began to actively seek out help for my grief. Through therapy, attending regular community grief rituals, connecting to a local Buddhist meditation community, participating in Native American journey groups, and developing personal practices for grief, I have found a path to better resiliency within, and witnessed the power of groups.
I hold a Master in Counseling Psychology from The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology, a Master of Divinity as well, and am still enrolled in the school of life's hard knocks. While my training has provided me with the tools to help others, I still see my work with clients as a place where I continue to learn.