I deeply desire to help people learn to be loving with themselves and value the “one wild and precious life” (as poet Mary Oliver puts it) they have been given. This is a path to valuing the threads connecting us all in the larger matrix of life.
The focus of my work is to help people create more satisfying and loving relationships with the different parts of themselves and with each other. I believe that through the power of connection, we can heal anything. My experience is that creative energies emerge when we come together in a safe environment. When people feel deeply heard and seen, something wakes up inside and we can extend our hearts more fully into the world.
I am passionate about bringing people together, whether as couples, groups, in workshops and in community projects. I like to help people discover what they have in common, draw on their strengths and aliveness, welcome differences, and learn tools to resolve conflicts creatively and peacefully.
I have a BA in history from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and a MSW from Boston University, and over 30 years experience as a Social Worker and Psychotherapist in hospital and family service agencies, and in private practice since 1989.
I am a graduate of the two year Advanced Training Program in Family Therapy at the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services in New York City, I am a Certified Imago Therapist. Additionally, I completed a year long training at the Couples Institute (Ellyn Bader, PhD). I trained for many years in Gestalt Therapy at the Gestalt Institute for Psychotherapy in New York City and at Hartford Family Institute.
As a Yoga and Meditation Instructor for over 30 years, I’ve had a strong interest in holistic health since the 1980s. I’ve created Stress Management Programs for diverse groups: health care professionals, educators, women’s organizations, and parent groups. I serve on the Leadership council of Women of Spirit in the Berkshires, formerly Women’s Interfaith Institute, and facilitate Courageous Conversations with diverse community groups.
For the past 24 years I have been co-leading annual Deepening Your Yoga Retreats. These retreats take place each Fall at the Garrison Institute, in Garrison, New York. Please see the yoga page for more information.