Over the past 20 years, there have been different but related aspects of my work. I first began as a dancer, dance educator, and artistic coach for dancers. I was extremely attracted to the role of dance and movement in helping people to grow, overcome personal challenges, and live authentically. When I completed my degree as a social worker, I combined it with being a creative arts therapist, blending my needs for practicality and expression.
I soon gravitated to working with people living with HIV and people in recovery from addictions and mental health concerns. While working in hospitals and agencies, I immersed myself in the world of Psychodrama, a particularly helpful tool for those who want to heal from trauma in a safe and gradual way. Soon I was solidifying my training with Psychodramatic Bodywork®, which uses learning from Eastern massage methods to help one’s body recover from the splintering effects of emotional, sexual, and physical abuse.
In addition to teaching social work students, I returned to being a student myself, i.e., to become a practitioner of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). I believe that this method helps people lessen the emotional toll of trauma and to reconfigure how they feel and think about the negative experiences of their lives. The results of this work with my clients are exciting and transformative.