CranioSacral therapy, SomatoEmotional release work and, more recently, Pre and Peri Natal Psychology, have been my primary professional focus since 1999. I have studied many healing modalities over the past 36 years but CranioSacral therapy and its ability to facilitate healing of early and ongoing trauma, stress-related illness, and imbalances of all kinds, has offered the most profound and effective healing I have ever encountered.
Currently, I have a private practice in Redwood City, CA, working with infants, children and adults of all ages on a broad range of issues including acute and chronic pain of any kind, chronic stress, migraine, TMJ dysfunction, post traumatic stress disorder, autoimmune disorders, anxiety and depression, learning disabilities, autism and asperger syndromes, birth trauma, breastfeeding difficulties, recovery from pre and peri natal imprints, recovery from surgery, cancer, fractures, sprains, scoliosis, heavy metal toxicity, and many more.
CranioSacral therapy is such a powerful healing modality because it helps people access their internal intelligence and health in order to find balance and healing from within at a very deep core level. It has the capacity to go beyond a focus on symptoms and health maintenance to find a resonance with our fundamental ability to heal from within. It utilizes the potency and intelligence of our own life force that is present throughout our lifetime, from conception to end of life. The therapy itself is very gentle, using hands-on touch to help the client "drop" into very relaxed physiological states that support our underlying health to accelerate the process of self-correction at the root level. Because of its gentleness and its activation of healing potencies within the body, it can be appropriate and effective for a very wide range of issues.
My training began in psychology, with a BA and a Masters in counseling psychology. I then transitioned into bodywork of various kinds, including acupressure, massage, Jin Shin Do, infant massage, Reiki and various other bodywork techniques. CranioSacral therapy, SomotoEmotional release work and Pre and Peri Natal education have enabled me to effectively blend my psychological studies with my bodywork skills into a wholistic therapeutic modality I enjoy because of its gentleness, sensitivity and, most especially, its effectiveness in significantly helping people heal.
I am also continuing to explore different modalities within the field of craniosacral therapy and have incorporated a biodynamic craniosacral approach into my private practice work. I am a Techniques Certified CranioSacral Therapist with The Upledger Institute and have completed 2 2.5 year training programs, one as a Teaching Assistant, at The Pacific Institue for Biodynamic Integration. I am a Registered Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist with the Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy Association of North America.
Teaching Craniosacral therapy has been another major component of my work. For two years, I taught a three month course on the fundamentals of Craniosacral therapy for the Body Therapy Center in Palo Alto. I have also offered one and 2 day Introduction to Craniosacral Therapy classes through the Upledger Institute, the Body Therapy Center and The Healing Arts Institute as well as serving as a Teaching Assistant for a number of the Upledger Institute's Craniosacral Therapy courses. Currently I am a Teacher-in-Training for a BCST 2 year Foundational Training in Santa Cruz, CA. In recent years I have completed a 3 year professional training program in Pre and Peri Natal Psychology (PPN) with Myrna Martin and the Health Wave Institute, and bring these cognitive and experiential skills into my craniosacral therapy as needed. Pre and peri natal psychology focuses on imprints from the primal period, from preconception through the first year of life, that may continue to have significant impacts on our health into our adult years and that may keep us from fully realizing our own life purpose. I have found that understanding this period of time is crucial for working therapeutically with people of all ages, including infants, children, families and adults.
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Professional Associations / Memberships
American CranioSacral Therapy Association, Association of Bodywork and Massage Professionals, Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy Association of North America, International Association of Healthcare Practitioners, American Association of Prenatal and Perinatal Health and Psychology