Becoming a Therapist

I’ve been on a healing journey most of my life. Early traumatic experiences left me in pain for most of my childhood and teen years. The first solution I tried was drugs and alcohol, that didn’t work out. Instead, I turned towards spirituality.

When I was 18 I took my first 10-day Vipassana meditation course and since then yoga and meditation have been essential medicines for me. The body has been the primary vehicle for my healing, and that is why I resonate with, and am trained in Somatic Experiencing™,  a modality that recognizes that in order for healing to happen we must with begin with the body.

During my undergrad I was introduced to feminism and social justice, which lead to me to pursue a degree in social work. I started my career working with at-risk and street-entrenched youth. After some years working in the front lines I decided to pursue a masters in counselling to get some clinical skills to up-level the healing work I was already doing.

Something I’ve learned is that true healing comes when we take an integrated approach. In my work as a healer, I use body-based practices while also attending to the energetic, emotional, and spiritual aspects of my clients. It is for this reason that I’m an advocate for plant medicine work. Plant teachers work on all of these levels to rewrite old programming and connect us with a greater experience of wholeness.

The last area I learned to integrate within myself to feel whole has been sexuality. When I encountered tantra and Taoist healing practices, the energy I had available to heal and transform became multiplied and I was hooked! Read on to learn more about my journey into sex coaching…

Sex was something I used to feel okay about, not terrible, and not great, just okay.

It was something that I did, and sometimes enjoyed, without being overly confidant about. And sometimes I would feel insecure about it too. When things wouldn’t work out with a partner, I would wonder “was the sex not good?”. I did have an inkling that things could be better, but I didn’t know how to make them that way, so resolved to trying to feel satisfied with my so-so sexual confidence and carry on with my life.

Things changed for me when a partner introduced me to a book on Mindfulness and Sexuality. A lifelong meditator, the title peaked my interest, and as I read I started to realize how I’d never truly been present during sex. That partner and that book, sent me on a journey of sexual healing and transformation.

I trained in Somatic Experiencing, came back into connection with my body, and learned to create a container of safety and love that cold hold my trauma, and allow me to heal and transform it. I began a study of Tantric and Daoist sexual healing practices, and I learned that our sexual energy is not just for sex, it’s flowing through us all the time, and we can learn to harness its power to create lives filled with vitality, vibrancy, and creativity. I’ve never experienced so much love, been more comfortable in my body, or felt this confidant in expressing myself. This freedom, and joy, and is available to anyone who decides to bring intentionality, awareness, and compassion into working with their sexuality.

Education

Bachelors of Social Work – University of Victoria

Masters in Counselling – City University of Seattle

Certificate in Feminist Narrative Therapy from ProChoices Community Therapy Clinic

Somatic Experiencing Beginning 1, 2, and 3

Somatic Experiencing Intermediate 1, 2, and 3

Somatic Experiencing Advanced 1

Sex Love and Relationship Coaching Certificate from The Tantric School of Integrated Sexuality (Currently Enrolled)

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Professional Training though University of California San Diego

Thousands of Hours of Yogic and Meditative Practice and Study