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 always a good student but could feel adults' intentions so I was not always compliant with what I was being told to do if I knew it was not coming from a good place. I always protected those who couldn't protect themselves. My childhood was difficult and I suffered from terrible anxiety, partially hereditary and partially activated by life circumstances. I felt no one understood me. As I got into my teenage years, it became severe.
In college, 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. As an adult, I was always searching for happiness. Every single day, 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. 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."
Does this story sound familiar to you? It is the path of so many empaths!
Somehow life opened up. I began to see what I always knew somehow, and my life was laid out before me in a way I can't describe. I realized what I had thought were "coincidences" throughout my life were always my gifts. Looking back now, I laugh - I predicted two friends' future spouses on their first time meeting them, I had ridiculous prophetic dreams since childhood, I could smell a lie a mile away.
Upon this full awakening, 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. It widens your lens.
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:
Post-Graduate Certificate in Trauma Counseling, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL
Trauma counseling specialization, 18 credits
January 2023-July 2023
Yoga 200-Hour Training, Yoga Alliance
February 2023-June 2023
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) Training, Sonoma Psychotherapy Institute (EMDRIA-certified)
Trauma therapy 58 hour course
August 2020-August 2023
Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT
Total of 63 credits in preparation to become a Licensed Therapist.
June 2021-June 2022
Trance Mediumship Classes and Private Mentorship, Andrej Djordevich, Spiritual Teacher, Trance Medium, Wales, United Kingdom
Trance healing, trance speaking, and trance evidential readings
Channeling Mediumship Training Course, Arthur Findlay College, Essex, United Kingdom
Channeling Mediumship is the ability to speak spirit-inspired messages on command through blending with the spirit world.
Trance Mediumship Training Course, Arthur Findlay College, Essex, United Kingdom
Trance mediumship is the ability to have spirit speak and heal using the medium as a vehicle while they are in a trance state.
March 2021-July 2021
Evidential Mediumship Training - Montclair Psychic School and Mentorship with Stephanie Rosally-Kaplan (Autumn Sage, LLC)
Evidential mediumship is the ability to bring through conscious messages the sitter can validate.
August 1-2, 8, 2020
The Bengston Energy Healing Method (Workshop), Long Island, NY
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.
September 2018-March 2020
Advanced Certification 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.
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. Additional course work completed in: Breath Work, Inner Child Work Hypnotherapy, Past Life Regression, and utilizing Law of Attraction with hypnosis.
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-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.
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. Sub-certifications in grief coaching and Seasons of Change coaching.
February 2019- May 2019
HeartMath Coach/Mentor, HeartMath, Inc., Boulder Creek, CA
Coaching people to listen to their intuition/body when making decisions to lower their anxiety and stress levels.
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.
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.
July 22, 2018-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. Master/Teacher level completed at the Omega Institute with Brett Bevell.
July 29, 2018-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 completed on September 9, 2018, also with Michelle McCarthy.
September 2017- January 2018
Various mentorships and workshops in shamanic healing, Mentors Deana Paqua (Embody the Sacred, New Milford, CT), Paula Brindley (Holographic Soul Academy, AU), the Foundation for Shamanic Studies
Shamanic journeys, energy work as it relates to shamanic healing, energetic detection of low vibrational energies, cords, psychopomp, removal of blocks in the aura and chakras, house clearings.
Clairvoyant Foundational Program (12 weeks), International School of Clairvoyance
Clairvoyance, telepathy, clairaudience, clairsentience, claircognizance, somatic intelligence, energy healing, mediumship, aura reading, remote viewing, communicating with guides.
August 1996-May 2001
Bachelor of Science - Human Services, Mental Health Counseling, California State University, Fullerton
Gifts Include: clairsentience, clairvoyance, claircognizance, clairaudience, alchemy (removal of energy blocks, raising vibration), light language multidimensional channeled healing ability, ability to read thought forms, some telepathy, channeling/trance, evidential mediumship
Professional Writer since 1990
Trained Public Speaker since 1992
Professional Experience as an Educator and Social Worker
Fourteen Years as a Sales and Marketing Executive
Studied Psychology (both Formally and Informally) since 1995