seven fun facts about me
Not only am I an adoptive mom and step-mom, I am also an adoptee and the child of a blended family. Reflecting on, healing from, and embracing these experiences has allowed me to appreciate the many ways that families are formed and ultimately, the healing power of relationships.
I love being in nature, either walking, kayaking, hiking or biking. When my daughter was a baby I became an ambassador for Hike it Baby, a hiking group for families, in order to build our own "village."
I have been interested in nutrition and wellness for nearly three decades. During my childhood I suffered from multiple allergies, asthma, depression, and weight issues, most of which were eventually resolved through dietary and lifestyle changes as an adult (along with psychotherapy, coaching and other healing modalities). In fact, my success resolving many of my symptoms with food led me to return to school to study holistic nutrition.
I love yoga for coming back to myself and my body after a busy day or week.
I have a five year old and two step-children who are now young adults. Despite the age gap they are all crazy about one another!
I grew up in a musical family and played the piano for many years as a child. As an adult I returned to lessons when my mother gifted me her piano. I also trained to be a Kindermusik educator looking to eventually weave music and movement into my work with children and families.
I am always reading the latest research on my favorite topics: early development, the impact of early stress and trauma, health and respectful parenting. As a parent coach and psychotherapist I am able to blend my professional background with these passions and offer you holistic support tailored to your unique family, child and circumstances.
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Licensed Masters Social Worker, State of Michigan (License #6801069033)
Distinguished Infant Mental Health Mentor, IMH-E® (Level IV), Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health
Certified Educator of Infant Massage, Infant Massage USA
Safe and Sound Protocol Certified Practitioner, Integrated Listening Systems
Integrative Nutrition Health Coach Certificate, Institute for Integrative Nutrition
Post-Graduate Certificate, Working with At-Risk Infants, Toddlers and Their Families, University of Michigan, School of Social Work
Master of Social Work, Interpersonal Practice/Children and Youth, University of Michigan, School of Social Work
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, University of Rochester