I have always been interested in the healing arts, from both a practical and academic standpoint. I graduated Davidson College with a major in Gender Studies and Human Rights with a focus on sexual violence against women. During my studies, I spent roughly nine months total in Johannesburg, South Africa learning about and exploring human rights, and working for Children of Fire, an organization that aids children with severe burns from all over Africa.
My senior thesis was on sex workers and motherhood and the conflicting role identities. I had the unique opportunity to go into slums, brothels and sex workers’ homes to uncover their experiences as marginalized mothers (they were some of the most incredible mothers I’ve ever met). Through several other life-changing trips to Ecuador, Kenya, South Africa, India, and across Europe, I have had the opportunity to work with populations under extreme duress. But after looking at poverty and trauma from a largely objective standpoint, I wanted to find a way to make lasting differences in individual’s lives.
After graduating college, I completed a certification in a 500-hour Subtle therapeutic yoga program focusing on providing somatic healing for those with PTSD, depression and anxiety. I studied with David Emerson, the primary yoga teacher working with Bessel van der Kolk out of Harvard on the use of yoga in trauma therapy programs. I also pursued a certification as a labor doula (emotional birth assisting work), with an interest in women birthing after trauma. Having already completed two previous 200-hour yoga trainings, the therapeutic yoga training led to a complete 360 in my personal yoga practice and state of mind. I actually found a voice within my body and laid claim to my own autonomy, embracing both my body and my femininity. Instead of doing everything to escape my body, I started diving into it. I found that the body to be an amazing medium for creatively expressing the physical manifestation of emotions, and I try to bring that experience to my healing practice.
I believe that embodied traumatic experiences such as sexual or physical assault and birth trauma cannot simply be healed through talk therapy, since so often those traumas come with somatic symptoms. Embodied physical experiences are often necessary to support healing, and I try to do that through therapeutic yoga and a variety of other energetic and intuitive healing modalities including hypnotherapy.
The body is fraught with hidden locks of emotion and trauma, and when you begin to shift and move those locks through yoga or birth or hypnosis, emotions come flowing. I wanted to be qualified to deal with those emotions in a professional setting, other than simply as a compassionate, nurturing listener so I pursued a masters degree in social work at UNC Chapel Hill, and graduated in May 2017. I hope to address healing from all angles, not simply from traditional talk therapy.
As a parallel to a traditional higher education experience, I have also pursued several trainings in alternative therapies. In 2015 I completed advanced mediumship development training with the talented Charlotte healer, Dana Childs, as well as past-life regression training with Brian Weiss, MD. I have done extensive training in Reiki and other energy work, as well as workshops with world renowned healer Cyndi Dale. I also am a member of the National Guild of Hypnotists after completing an internationally renowned Omni Hypnosis training. By pairing alternative energetic healing modalities with the traditional schooling, I hope to offer a well-rounded healing experience to clients, finding a balance between traditional therapy and metaphysical healing.
One thing I have found across all of my experiences abroad, and at home, is widespread trauma. Yoga gave me practical tools to help myself and others deal with it. Yoga and energy work are wonderful modalities to break down some of the barriers of trauma necessary to embrace soul wounds and promote healing. I feel called to work with women in particular who have experienced sexual abuse and/or trauma and to help them reclaim their bodies as positive, empowered territories.
“Act on your guidance without constantly saying that you’re frightened and requiring proof that you will be safe. You will never get that proof. Every choice in life is an act of faith. Stop letting fear be the one constant voice you listen to with unremitting faith. Be outrageously bold in your belief that you will be guided but do not have expectations of how that guidance will unfold. Keep your attention in present time-always in present time.” Carolyn Myss