Mother Teresa. Nelson Mandela. Pope Francis. His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Unencumbered by artificial distinctions of gender, race, and creed, bodhisattvas are beings motivated by great compassion who work to liberate all from suffering.
One needn't be an acknowledged bodhisattva to recognize suffering. As an Alaska State Trooper Investigator, my clients were the victims of horrific crimes. Child sexual abuse. Serious physical abuse. Sexual assault. My colleagues and I did what we could, but the criminal justice system exists primarily to punish the offender. Many of our clients still felt unsafe, insecure, shattered, and the limited amount of talk therapy some were fortunate enough to receive often wasn't enough. I wanted to help them rebuild themselves into secure, independent, body-confident beings, but didn't know how. It was frustrating, often disheartening work.
I left the Troopers in 1997 and went traveling, clearing and processing my own traumas. Some of the tools I learned and used were reiki, cranio-sacral therapy (CST), Physio-Spiritual Etheric Bodywork (PSEB), and massage. I settled in Key West in 2000, and became a full-time bodywork therapist. It was there in 2006 that I met my Buddhist teachers, Ellen Booth Church, and Lama Tsultrim Allione, and began a regular meditation practice.
After moving to the Triangle area (Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill) in North Carolina in 2013, I realized that I still had this vision: to offer additional and/or alternative methods of clearing trauma to persons motivated to change. With that in mind, in 2015 I began a three-year program to become a licensed Somatic Experiencing Practitioner® (SEP).
I provide various forms of massage and energetic bodywork, and am currently developing a series of guided meditation massages, including the Green Tara Meditation Massage© and The Dakini Sessions©. My qualifications: I am a NC and former FL licensed bodywork and massage therapist, and hold a Master's Level (Teaching) Reiki certification. I have over 800 hours of bodywork classroom training, over 9500 hours of hands-on experience, over ten years of meditation study and practice, and over seven years of specialized training and experience in interviewing and assisting victims of violent crimes.