Training

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I first began working with clients in the Mental Health & Human Services fields in 2002. I studied Criminal Justice and worked in Law Enforcement for 2 years. However, I wanted to do more to heal people, and switched my focus to Psychology. I received my Master's Degree in Forensic Psychology in 2005, and began working with a wide range of people upon graduation (my counseling technique is based on the human-centered therapies of Carl Rogers). I specialized in Crisis Intervention and Abnormal Psychology, and I have experience working with substance abuse populations, PTSD, Sexual Traumas, Mood Disorders, ID/DD (developmental disorders), Autism Spectrum Disorders, Anxiety, Schizophrenia, all of it!

My mental health experiences and training may inform my decisions during appointments, but as I am not a licensed therapist in the state of Maryland, I am not providing counseling services during healing appointments. If the need should arise during an appointment, I will refer you to an appropriate service provider.

Spiritually, I began to explore alternative healing practices in 2001, through ADF Druidry and my college's Pagan Student Association. I wanted to learn how to combine both traditional therapeutic sessions with the deeper, more profound, subtle, paradigm-shifting spiritual healings. I worked through numerous study programs, both online and during in-person group classes, and was a member of the Healers Guild for a number of years. Those focused years of study taught me how to understand my instincts, and the importance of ethics.

In 2009, I changed my focus and received my first Reiki attunement. I began combining my journeywork with Reiki, and found that my visions were clearer, and my instincts more focused. I received my Reiki II attunement soon after, and received the full Teacher's Level attunement (Reiki III) in the Summer of 2012.

During a visit to a conference back in 2009, I attended a public shamanic healing ceremony, the first I had ever witnessed. I was blown away by the beauty and the power of it, and I wanted to learn all that I could! I joined the inaugural class of Gryphons Grove School of Shamanism later that year, and made the commitment to travel from NYC to Maryland each month, until I graduated 2 1/2 years later (and subsequently moved here!).

Although I have graduated from my formal shamanic training, I am always reading, always learning. I work with a variety of clients at shamanic healing ceremonies during special events, and I have expanded my private spiritual healing practice into a full-time profession. I also attend numerous workshops, in order to continue my training and experience (many led by Alberto Villoldo, Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki, Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, and Christopher Penczak.)

 I hope to always remain open to the Universe's little synchronicities (even the ones that have to hit me over the head as hard as two-by-fours)!