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, processing my own traumas. Some of the tools I learned and still use today are 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 teacher Lama Tsultrim Allione and began a regular meditation practice. I also practice with Choying Khandro of Dakinis Whisper.
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 of study and practice in the US and Japan to become a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner® (SEP), and in 2018 began a year of post-advanced early childhood trauma somatic training.
I provide various forms of massage and energetic bodywork, and have developed a series of guided meditation sessions, including the Green Tara Meditation Massage© and The Dakini Sessions©. My qualifications: I am a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner® (SEP), a NC and former FL licensed bodywork and massage therapist, and I hold a Master's Level (Teaching) Reiki certification. I have over 950 hours of bodywork classroom training, over 10,000 hours of hands-on massage and bodywork experience, over eleven years of meditation study and practice, and over nine years of specialized law enforcement training and experience in aiding survivors of violent crime.