In my 15 years of experience as a meditator and 12 years of experience as a healer, I’ve come to believe that our subtle energetic systems govern our physical, mental and emotional lives.
Trained as a clinical psychotherapist, I blend elements from my years of experience treating trauma and anxiety with a variety of integrated healing approaches. I see myself as a bridge between traditional allopathic Western medicine and ancient healing practices. It’s my experience that healing comes from the heart center. My non-dual approach to healing allows me to help you open to compassion and to heal at a cellular and soul level.
In addition to advanced Shamanic training with the Foundation for Shamanic Studies, I am also a Reiki master and a certified coach. I do not consider myself a shaman (and in fact my training teaches that shamans do not call themselves shamans; instead, the people who seek them out bestow this label upon them by acknowledging their healing skills).
As a white person living in Southeast Alaska, cognizant of the tremendous amounts of cultural trauma experienced here by Alaskan Native people, I also am mindfully aware that contemporary shamanic practice cannot be separated from its lineage and context with indigenous peoples all over the globe.
I chose to do my training at the Foundation for Shamanic Studies because it honors the cultures and communities where shamanism has been practiced for thousands of years, teaching “core shamanism”, a system based upon the underlying universal, near-universal, and common features of shamanism rather than upon culture-specific variations and elaborations. FSS also supports protecting and reviving, if invited, indigenous practice in places where shamanic knowledge has been lost or threatened, often because of religious oppression and colonization.
What I find is that the most profound results come when I let go of any particular protocol, and allow my whole being to listen to yours–especially to the parts of you that have been left outside of conscious awareness. You are your own best healer, and your system will lead us to whatever needs to be healed in you, in the method that works best for you.