BA, International Relations
Brown University, Providence RI
MA, Clinical Psychology
Antioch University, Los Angeles,CA
Ph.D., Transpersonal Psychology
Institute of Transpersonal Psychology - Sofia University, Palo Alto, CA
International Association of Yoga Therapists
Association for Transpersonal Psychology
Association of Nature and Forest Therapy
"Your sacred space is where you can find yourself over and over again."
My professional, creative, and academic work reveal a deeply-held conviction in the potential of human beings. I believe in our innate capacity to confront and transform obstacles into sources of wisdom, power, and discovery.
My past work as a health coach in a corporate setting, a psychotherapy intern at Women's Clinic in Los Angeles, and my doctoral research on recurrent major depressive episodes were good fits for my skill set, beliefs, and interest in the human capacity for change.
I completed my graduate studies and chose a professional path that focuses on providing complementary and alternative mental health tools with robust, compelling evidence to support their use.
I made the choice not to diagnose and treat mental illness as a clinician, but to focus on research, use, and development of alternative tools to support the management, understanding, and prevention of low moods and chronic stress.
I currently work as a yoga therapist, with a focus on the use of conscious movement, embodied presence, breath, mindfulness practices, connection with community, and guided self-inquiry as healing tools.
I studied to become a yoga teacher with Mark Stephens at both the 200 and 500 hour level and am the lead instructor for the Ease 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training.
I am the founder and director of Ease Mountain Yoga & Nourishing Arts, an integrative health center located in Ben Lomond, California. I am registered with Yoga Alliance as an experienced yoga teacher, or E-RYT. I am certified as a yoga therapist by the International Association of Yoga Therapists (C-IAYT).
The yoga therapy components of my work are based on meeting certification standards set for by the International Association of Yoga Therapists, and not derived from my status as an E-RYT with Yoga Alliance.