Wyoming, United States
I began experiencing intense emotional pain at a very young age. As the years went by, I tried endless ways of coping, getting love, and feeling at ease with myself. At times, the intensity of the pain felt beyond what I could bear. While things slowly improved, I was often still struggling with extremely critical thoughts, shame, persistent anxiety, and bouts of depression.
I found some reprieve through meditation and certain spiritual approaches, but I felt some resistance to the message that I just needed to reach some state of eternal peace and oneness. I believed this enlightened state was a kind of dissociation from the living Earth and from humanity, a world that seemed to mirror my pain but was also one I cared deeply about. While I was desperate for relief, something about transcending the world and my pain-ridden body felt wrong.
About 5 years ago, I began doing a very crude inquiry process on my own after being facilitated by a somatic therapist. I suddenly understood why I felt so resistant to transcending my body’s experience and the pain of the world around me. When I began working with a Living Inquiries facilitator, I saw that with patient, compassionate support and curiosity, this process can be immensely powerful. I never stop being in awe of it.
These days, my inner world is quieter, my sensitivity to my body and to others is much deeper, and my sense of ease with myself is far more consistent. The Living Inquiries supported my nervous system in doing what it naturally wanted to do, feeling more like an alliance with my body’s intelligence rather than an attempt to control it. And I’ve gained clarity not just within myself, but with my relationship to the world I live in. I’m grateful beyond words.
As a licensed therapist, this work has also been invaluable for me professionally. I’ve received training in and utilized EMDR and Brainspotting, both of which also rely on the nervous system’s innate wisdom to integrate unresolved trauma. I’ve worked with people of all backgrounds in both community mental health settings and private practice, navigating all sorts of experiences and challenges. I find the Living Inquiries to be my preferred method because of its flexibility, gentleness, and capacity to bring about profound insights, and the attunement it encourages between client and facilitator.
I’m happy to work with individuals on all issues, and I have a passion for individuals wanting to explore their emotions, beliefs, and relationship to broader national and global issues. Please feel free to reach out to see if we’re a good fit.