“Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It's a relationship between equals... Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.”
- Pema Chödrön
I’m not here to change you or fix you. In fact, I don’t think you are “broken” or that there's anything "wrong" with you. I’m here to create a non-judgmental, accepting space for you to connect more compassionately with yourself.
My approach is both collaborative and holistic, centering around values of embodied presence, empathy, connection, and deep listening. I’m relationship-centered, fascinated with polyvagal theory, and incorporate somatic + mindfulness-based approaches into sessions.
I’m trauma-sensitive, social justice-informed, and view therapy through an intersectional lens (mind, body, environment, culture). During our time together, we’ll likely look at the environmental factors (interpersonal, economic, oppression, etc.) that create, and contribute to, individual/collective stress and trauma.
I believe the therapeutic relationship is one of the most important aspects of therapy. I put this belief into practice by: prioritizing self-care when I'm not in session and limiting client scheduling on a daily/weekly basis so that I'm able to show up fully for your sessions and be completely present with you.
I value equity, consent, and boundaries in the therapeutic relationship and strive to create a compassionate space that is truly safe, non-judgmental, and accepting. As a white person, I'm committed to challenging white supremacy, both internally and externally, and internal anti-racism work will be my life-long practice.
I fell in love with meditation and mindfulness 25+ years ago and have been practicing ever since. My offerings are infused with the transformative and healing qualities of mindfulness-based practices, bolstered by recent research, and grounded in many years of practice.
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Before beginning my private practice in 2011, I provided counseling and advocacy at a domestic violence center and have also worked in hospice care, supporting individuals and their families through the process of loss and grief.
Over the past 14+ years, I've met with people who have experienced (or are experiencing):
loss and grief
difficult or unexpected life transitions
stress related to climate collapse
challenges with self worth
I also specialize in supporting people who identify as being a Highly Sensitive Person.
MSW & Licensed Clinical Social Worker (FL, SW10050, NC C011278)
BS in ‘Family, Youth, and Community Sciences’
DARe (Dynamic Attachment Repatterning Experience): I've completed DARe Modules 1 & 2
"The foundation of Diane Poole Heller’s teachings rests on her firm belief that we are hardwired to heal. Our bodies and our brains are storing memories of early experiences, creating patterns that deeply affect our relationships and our behaviors in adult life. Her holistic approach, largely based on Somatic and Relational healing techniques, helps us discover the source of those patterns and to apply the right understanding to unwind them, thus releasing new energy to live fully and freely in the moment." - quote taken from Diane Poole Heller's website
Kripalu Yoga Teacher 200 hr
I chose to train in the tradition of Kripalu (meaning, "compassion") Yoga because of the emphasis on compassion, self-care, presence over perfection, and mindfulness in motion.
Certified Curvy Yoga Teacher
I became certified in Curvy Yoga because I value offering therapeutic yoga that supports every body, shape, size, and ability.
All of the therapeutic yoga, mindfulness, and meditation I offer is with your consent + based on an extensive knowledge of trauma and trauma-sensitive practices.
Outside of sessions, I'm a writer, artist, and lover of learning. I'm social justice-oriented and my life-long mission is equity, justice, and liberation for all. One of my favorite forms of self-care is spending time outside with my partner and our animal companions, Luna and Bear. I'm currently living in the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina on the occupied land of the ᏣᎳᎫᏪᏘᏱ Tsalaguwetiyi (Cherokee, East) and S’atsoyaha (Yuchi).
Neuroscience has shown that self-compassion has a natural antidepressant effect on the brain. When we practice self-compassion, it can help to regulate and soothe our nervous system, while sending a signal to the brain that we are safe. Listen to this brief mindfulness practice anytime you need support through anxiety, depression, grief, or recovery.