I am passionate about helping others heal and live a healthy, happy and fulfilling life.
For the past 40+ years I have worked as an Occupational Therapist with physically, mentally and emotionally challenged children. I have a long history and extensive knowledge base with sound-based listening programs, including Tomatis and The Listening Program. I facilitated the Tomatis program and have been a provider of The Listening Program through Advanced Brain. I was impressed with what those programs could accomplish, but found there were challenges with both.
I was introduced to The Safe and Sound Program in 2019 and found that it offers a more complete approach to calming the nervous system and creating positive changes in less time. This led to me become a certified provider of Safe and Sound Protocol in 2021. Along with the training for SSP, I have taken continuing education courses on Polyvagal Theory presented by Stephen Porges as well as course work with Stephen Levine to better understand how trauma impacts the body and health.
Besides my professional training and experience using sound therapy, I also have a daughter that struggled with chronic illness for many years and I was her primary caregiver for quite some time. This experience gave me a whole new insight and understanding about chronic illness and the suffering involved with a chronically dysregulated nervous system. It also allowed me to truly appreciate how sensitive and reactive the brain and nervous system can become when we are so out of balance. Because of this experience, I am deeply committed to helping others that are suffering with chronic illness and understand the importance of going slow. One of my biggest goals is to be a soft and safe place for people to land where they can relax, feel safe and trust that they are being supported by someone that understands their needs.
I really enjoy bringing my history as an OT and my experience supporting my daughter together when working with clients who want to access the Safe and Sound Protocol. My background is tremendously helpful when creating care plans for each person that are tailor-made to their nervous system, history, and needs. I embrace what I have heard Dr. Porges says time and again, “less is more”, and do not push the brain and nervous system faster than they are ready to go.
In my free time I enjoy voluteering at Must Ministries and Mostly Mutts Animal Rescue, reading, and spending time with my two rescue dogs.
Recent Courses Taken:
Healing Trauma by Peter Levine 2021
Clinical Applications of the Polyvagal Theory with Stephen Porges, PhD: Trauma, Attachment, Self-Regulation & Emotions 2020 & 2021
High Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder 2020