THERAPIST. BUSINESS MENTOR. BELIEVER IN YOUR MAGIC.
I am a Psychotherapist with a passion for teaching people how to change.
In my private practice I help people restore their wellness when it is fractured by trauma, depression or relationship issues. While no longer my primary focus, I maintain a clinical arm of my practice because I love the work of helping people learn to heal themselves. As a therapist I don't fix people. I empower them to lead in their own healing.
As a career counselor and entrepreneurial mentor I help women build lives of professional purpose, fulfillment and growth and to become Self-led in their life's work. Whether working through the inner "muck" of a career change or working on the gestation of a soul-based business, helping women bloom as entrepreneurs and change-agents is what I do best.
BORN + RAISED ON ENTREPRENURIAL AMBITION
I often joke that I wasn't quite raised by wolves, but the next best thing: entrepreneurs. I grew up watching my parents build a successful niche business in the custom woodworking industry. My brother and I were immersed in it, as the family business was at our home on a retired dairy farm in Vermont. We saw the stressors and the victories. We were encouraged to dream big, too, by parents who grew up in poverty and made it out.
Thus, I was raised in a culture wherein building a business was a legitimate form of self-expression. I have always known that when our soul is truly in our work there is no losing. Only winning and growing. This context of my upbringing was a privilege. Today it is part of who I am, deep in my bones.
My dream at the traditional college age was to study psychology. Not quite ready to leave my life (or my horse), I worked in hospitality and then running the family business for several years. My thirties then encompassed motherhood x 2, a crushing divorce and a lot of soul-searching.
In my baby-raising years I took college courses to alleviate my boredom, built a successful online vintage clothing business and worked for a community-action non profit agency as a business mentor, where my interest in helping people grow was reignited in earnest.
I enrolled in college full time just after my second son was born and worked straight through my BA in Behavioral Science and my MA in Psychology while other life changes raged like a storm outside. I made it through onto my own two feet, into my own home and eventually into my own private practice.
Entrepreneurship has not only shaped me. It has held me up, kept me going and pulled me through some of the biggest challenges of my life. Why? Because it has been a license to cultivate my soul.
WORK + ENTREPRENEURSHIP ARE TRUE MEANS OF SELF-EXPRESSION
I live by the conviction that knowing ourselves deeply and functionally is the best way to build security, success and deep fulfillment into our lives. To have our own true 'north' sorted out, to understand where we're trying to go and why, is important in all parts of life but profoundly so in our work.
Too often our work is a part of life that occurs on auto-pilot. Go to the place and do the thing. Lather, rinse, repeat. But for some, this can lead to burnout, numbness, angst and even depression. In my experience, these are hallmark signs of needing a deep reconnection with Self, passion and purpose. When these elements are on board in a person's work life, it's not really 'work' anymore, it's just the joyful 'way'. But getting there is hard.
After graduate school I encountered an extraordinary therapy approach called Internal Family Systems (or IFS). IFS is a revolutionary way to understand ourselves and others, and a functional model for pioneering deep inner growth and change. Using IFS theory, I help women to find their true 'north', and to build professional security and success by crafting careers and businesses that are an extension of who they are.
My work helps people know their purpose, passion and beliefs, their own 'why', and to author their professional lives around their core, key truths.