My goal as a counselor is to help people feel happy, courageous, and supported — so they can heal and live an awakened life. This is our work together!
My training and education includes a master’s degree in counseling from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas, and a bachelor’s degree in transpersonal psychology from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. I am a member of the Pregnancy & Postpartum Health Alliance of Texas. I am an LPC-intern licensed in the state of Texas, supervised by Ann Stoneson, and my office is located at Counseling South Austin. I live in Austin with my husband, two school-age children, one dog, and two cats.
Prior to becoming a counselor, I spent two decades as a birth and postpartum doula and massage therapist. I have attended hundreds of births in hospitals, homes, and birthing centers. During my 15 years as a childbirth educator, I also led classes and workshops about labor and delivery, postpartum adjustment, and parenting, and co-founded Conscious Birthing Austin with Lanell Coultas.
I am joyful and eager about supporting others through the emotional phases of preconception, pregnancy, birth, and early parenthood — including all the ups and downs, anxieties, complications, and changes that come with this territory. My personal journey has included working through my own postpartum mood difficultes.
Beyond giving attention to the immediate goal of reducing negative symptoms, my approach also includes teaching clients how to examine their life experiences, emotional attachments, patterns, roles, relationships, feelings — and understand how all of those factors influence them so they are empowered to change. I help clients avoid making choices based on old, maladaptive personal paradigms that do not serve them.
Some of the professionals who have influenced and inspired me professionally and personally include: Parenting Experts Dr. Carrie Contey and Dr. Dan Siegel; Childbirth Educator Pam England; Neuroscience Educator Dr. Dee Joy Coulter; Doula Trainer Penny Simkin; Midwives Naoli Vinavir, Ina May Gaskin, Ibu Robin Lim, and GB Khalsa; Obstetrician Dr. Michel Odent; Doula Trainer and Childbirth Educator Deborah Pascali-Bonarro; Author Alice Walker; Dr. Maria Montessori; H. H. the 14th Dalai Lama; Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist John Chitty; and Psychotherapist Dr. Dena Roberts.