I have a B.A. in History from Bowdoin College and M.A. in Health Arts and Sciences from Goddard College. I am also certified as a Reiki Master Teacher (RMT) and have studied Tibetan sound healing and various styles of Qigong (Chi Kung).
Like many in the field of energy therapy, my introduction to the work was unexpected. I started out in a Masters in Social Work program and stumbled into energy therapy after becoming curious about other forms of mind-body healing. From the beginning, something about energy therapy clicked. I was repeatedly surprised at how effective it was at treating conditions I had previously thought beyond help, and I committed myself to finding out all I could, immersing myself in the field of energy therapy and studying a variety of its forms, such as reiki, energy medicine, Qigong, Qi healing, and shamanic healing.
While these practices helped me gain a more complete understanding of energy therapy, it has been my study of Buddhism and my daily meditation practice that has truly connected me to my work. Before these studies, I mostly thought of energy therapy as a series of techniques that fixed problems. Meditation and Buddhism have taught me that true healing comes from being present to suffering, understanding it and giving it my full attention, and not trying to control or remove it. This approach, that of an open and present heart, is the foundation of my energy therapy practice.
In my work I am guided by the following principles:
First, do no harm.
Practice good boundaries.
Empower the client.
Work gently and with great care.
Respect the wholeness and wisdom inherent in all beings.