From the time I was a small child, I was sensitive and in tune with exactly who I was. I loved animals and nature and I would do anything in my power to make sure others weren't hurt. When other children were falling off their bikes scraping their knees, I was carrying antiseptic in my pocket to clean their wounds. I was very smart but in school I had a rebellious streak whereupon I wasn't about to listen to just anyone older than me, especially if I felt their ethics weren't in line. I always protected those who couldn't protect themselves. My childhood was difficult and I suffered from terrible anxiety, partially hereditary and activated by life circumstances whenever I would feel abandoned. I felt no one understood me. As I got into my teenage years, it became severe. I began psychotherapy and anti-depressants but almost everything would stop working eventually. I can remember moments in church where people would tell me all I needed to do was pray and it would go away, and I would pray my heart out, feeling even more abandoned when nothing worked.
In college I chose to study Human Services with a Mental Health Counseling emphasis, which is the undergraduate degree for those who hope to get a Master's in some form of counseling or social work so they can counsel unsupervised. I wanted to study counseling in addition to being in counseling myself in the hopes of understanding myself better. I even led group therapy for a semester (under a psychotherapist who was supervising), but the more knowledge I had, the less I understood what was happening with me. I wound up detouring into teaching, hoping to help children not feel so alone as I had, and completed a Master's in Education.
As an adult, I had switched careers into business, moved three thousand miles away by myself, broken off two serious relationships that weren't good for me, still searching for happiness. Every single day, despite my career change, I helped so many people with my huge heart and ability to be there for people, and I couldn't help myself. One day, after years of feeling my life was going backward instead of forward, I realized I wasn't sure I had any faith anymore. I felt broken. Every person or thing I put my energy into fell apart. I sat down and calmly said, "God, I don't know if you're there. If you are, you have to show me what I'm supposed to do, show me the plan, and give me my hope back."
Within weeks my intuition opened up and my life was laid out before me in a way I can't describe. I heard, saw, and felt things I can't explain. My parents thought they needed to have me committed...but then they not only saw the change in me, but my Mom began to see hearts in the strangest places and somehow knew they were for me, and I saw them too - in ice, in a stain on a shirt, in the shape of a coffee spill on the floor, the list goes on! (The hearts still happen all the time, years later!)
I began to think more positively and my faith increased tenfold. But, anything true is never going to be a magic wand. I began to shed some very difficult things; it was the beginning of what is called the "Dark Night of the Soul", or the process by which a sort of second awakening occurred. It's the death of the ego, the death of fear, that ALL things you cling to that don't serve you for your highest good are pried out of your hands. At the time, it seems as though life gets even harder, but when you come out on the other side, you're free, and you're stronger. In order to do healing work on any serious level, I found out this process is a must. It opens your heart to deeper compassion, and removes ways in which you block yourself from being a proper channel of the healing you can impart to someone else.
Lots of things wound up being shed during that time, but I'm much more fulfilled and I know I am right where I am meant to be. I am grateful to be able to lead others down this path and help them find peace, but I realize none of the miracles that happen are because of me. I merely facilitate what people's openness allows. The fact that it isn't me doing this is the greatest gift. However, approaching things in life with a balanced perspective is important. I believe in miracles and gifts combined with practical training to support growth and development - so please see below if you are interested in knowing about that aspect.
Education, Formal Training, and Certifications:
Master of Science Degree in Clinical Counseling, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT
Total of 63 credits in preparation to become a Licensed Therapist.
August 1-2, 8, 2020
The Bengston Energy Healing Method (Workshop), Remote
Three day workshop in a high-level healing methodology that can treat people and animals with aggressive physical and emotional disorders. The method is scientifically tested and validated, taught by a professor who is also a healer.
Law of Attraction and Hypnosis, HMI College of Hypnotherapy, Tarzana, CA
Continuing education course in combining Neuro-Lingusitic Programming techniques to achieve better results with Law of Attraction through subconscious programming in hypnosis.
September 2018-March 2020
Certification(s) in The Emotional Freedom Technique, Westchester Community College, Valhalla, NY, and HMI College of Hypnotherapy, Tarzana, CA
A particular methodology used to treat trauma and reprogram negative memories. Basic course completed September 2018 at Westchester Community College (8 hours), Intermediate course completed at HMI (5 hours) in March 2020, and Advanced course completed at HMI (5 hours) in March 2020.
Certification in Past Life Regression, HMI College of Hypnotherapy, Tarzana, CA
A format hypnosis designed to treat pervasive patterns of behavior by helping to relive past life memories and karmic patterns to release them. It doesn’t matter if the client doesn’t believe in this, as this is a highly cathartic method of bringing up things in the subconscious the client divulges of their own accord.
Certification in Inner Child Work Hypnotherapy, HMI College of Hypnotherapy, Tarzana, CA
A hypnosis technique to bring a client back to areas of childhood that were painful to create a new scenario being the child’s parent as the adult self, so upon being awakened from hypnosis, the childhood abandonment wounds are dealt with.
Certification in Breath Work, HMI College of Hypnotherapy, Tarzana, CA
Several different styles of breath work to that can be done in groups or alone to release panic and further health and conscious awareness, for the purposes of psychological health as well as spirituality.
February 2020-September 2020
Certified Hypnotherapist, HMI College of Hypnotherapy, Tarzana, CA
Three hundred hours of classroom instruction and two hundred hours of practical experience in a variety of hypnotherapy techniques. Neuro-linguistic programming, Eriksonian hypnotherapy, Kappasinian hypnosis, Inner Child Work, Imagery, Biofeedback, Fears and Phobias, Weight Loss, Habit Control, Medical Hypnotherapy, Law and Ethics. Member of the American Hypnosis Association and the Local Hypnotherapists Union 472.
February 2020-March 2020
Ordained Minister, Spiritualist Church (Independent), Healing Light Spiritualist Church, Etna, ME
Ordination as a spiritualist minister through the Healing Light Spiritualist Church and the International Metaphysical University. Coursework in spiritual counseling, ascension, Law of Attraction, forgiveness, judgment release, emotional awareness, legalities, creating a service, performing marriages/funerals, the Natural Laws, church history, doctrine.
March 2019 to May 2019
Certified Addiction Recovery Coach, New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services
Mental health first aid, medication assisted treatment, mandated reporter training, anger management for substance abuse and mental health clients, ethics for recovery coaches, and the recovery coach academy.
February 2019-May 2019
Seasons of Change Coaching Certification, Institute for Life Coach Training, Hudson, OH
Coaching through major life changes.
February 2019-May 2019
Grief Coaching Certification, Institute for Life Coach Training, Hudson, OH
September 2018-May 2019
Certification in Life Coaching, Institute for Life Coach Training, Hudson, OH
Eight-month, psychology-based certification program designed for people who already have a background in behavioral health.
September 2002-June 2005; August 2018-May 2019
Master of Arts Degree in Education (Plus 21 credits in Special Education), Queens College, City University of New York, Flushing, NY
Total of sixty-one credits. Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society.
February 2019- May 2019
HeartMath Coach/Mentor, HeartMath, Inc., Boulder Creek, CA
Coaching people to listen to their body when making decisions to lower their anxiety and stress levels.
November 2018-February 2019
Certified Crystal Chakra Energy Clinician, Lisa Stewart, Wiccan High Priestess, New Paltz, NY
Sixteen week certification course in crystal healing based on imbalances in the chakras and aura.
September 23, 2018
Usui Reiki Master Teacher, Brett Bevell, Master Teacher, Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY
Level 1 completed July 22, 2018 and Level 2 on August 27, 2018 at the Integrative Energy Therapy Institute in Milford, CT.
September 9, 2018
Advanced Certification in Integrated Energy Therapy, Center of Being, Woodstock, NY
A type of energy healing utilizing additional body systems and angelic work. Basic level completed on July 29, 2018 with Marnie Knight-Favell, Intermediate level completed on August 12, 2018, with Michelle McCarthy. Advanced also with Michelle McCarthy.
Various mentorships and workshops in shamanic healing, Mentors Deana Paqua (Embody the Sacred, New Milford, CT), Paula Brindley (Holographic Soul Academy, AU), and classes taken through the Foundation for Shamanic Studies
Shamanic journeys, energy work as it relates to shamanic healing, energetic detection and removal of a variety of low vibrational energies, cords, and blocks in the aura and chakras, house clearings.
August 1996-May 2001
Bachelor of Science - Human Services, Mental Health Counseling, California State University, Fullerton
Gifts Include: clairsentience, clairvoyance, claircognizance, alchemy (removal of blocks, raising vibration), light language multidimensional channeled healing ability, ability to read thought forms, telepathy, channeling, ability to detect low vibrational energies attached to a person
Professional writer since 1990
Trained Public Speaker since 1992
Past Professional Experience as an Educator and Social Worker
Fourteen Years as a Sales and Marketing Executive
Twenty-Five Years Studying Psychology, Both Formally and Informally