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My base station is, and pretty much always has been, Colorado. Living in one of the most beautiful places on Earth, Boulder (nestled on the edge of the foothills of the Rocky Mountains), my focus is on building bridges between what we believe life is all about and the mystery destination just beyond the veil. I am, like you, a spirit trekker -- always seeking to discover, explore, question, analyze, and heal the rift between flesh and spirit; illusion and truth. There is more to life than paying the bills, losing fat, getting (or not losing) our current source of employment, being politically correct, and forever striving to meet the external expectations of others; there is the inner spiritual journey to discover who we truly are, why we’re actually here, and what we really need to know and learn in order to summit to the light.
EDUCATION: I began my adventures in higher education at the age of seventeen. Winning a Resident Honor’s Scholarship (one of thirty people across the nation), I spent my Senior year of High School at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. A year later, I opted to transfer to Humboldt State University in northern California. (Planting myself in the midst of tall trees, healthy skies, and open spaces, Humboldt was just what the doctor ordered for one dreadfully homesick for my native Colorado.) Four years later, in June of 1985, I graduated Magna Cum Laude with a double major in Journalism and Political Science.
First published at the age of 14, winning Third Prize in the Denver Post’s State-wide Christmas Essay Writing Contest, I long possessed a passion for putting word to paper. At 17, at 2 o’clock in the morning (after a night shift at Wendy’s) I sat down and wrote an essay for San Diego’s East County Essay Writing Contest, and took First Place. At the age of 21, with my Journalism degree in hand and a passion for writing in my heart, I hurried back to Denver and obtained employment as a writer/editor for Golden Bell Press. A few years later, I became a Technical Writer for the United States Government (Bureau of Reclamation).
When my contract with the government expired in 1990, the lure of the snow-capped mountains to the west of Denver was unbearable, and I moved up to Dillon, Colorado (elev. 9,800 feet!) on faith alone. The cost of my seat-of-the-pants decision to trek to higher grounds was high. With employment scarce and writing opportunities non-existent, I rode out a storm of odd jobs and inspirational (spiritual) challenges. The reward for this choice, however, was also high. Sitting on a boulder next to a lost lake in the Eaglesnest Wilderness (overlooking my new mountain home), I realized that I could now fulfill my thirst for even higher education, as well as my desire to help others traverse the highs and lows of our mutual journey on this planet. In 1993, at the age of 30, I went back to school to obtain my Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from Regis University in Denver.
Building my own psychotherapy practice in Dillon, I sound found that traditional therapy lacked the equipment and traveling tools necessary to reach the depths of truth that existed deep within mind and emotion, body and feeling. Tired of talking around and around in circles, I went back and trained at the Transpersonal Hypnotherapy Institute (THI) in Boulder, Colorado and became a Certified Transpersonal Clinical Hypnotherapist and a Certified Transpersonal Medical Hypnotherapist. (Transpersonal hypnotherapy is a natural extension of Transpersonal Psychology, the fourth wave of psychology which recognizes the spiritual potential of human beings.) My areas of expertise included transpersonal journeywork (emotional healing; working with the unconscious mind; mind/body therapeutic practices; and ego strengthening); Jungian complexes and archetypes (working with archetypes in a transpersonal context; developing inner resources; and archetypal guidework); retrieval work (hypnotic regression therapy; healing early childhood trauma; abreaction/reframing; working with introjected parent figures; and inner child work); shadow work (Jungian dreamwork and active imagination); sub-personality therapy; resistance and problem solving strategies; phobias, weight management, smoking cessation, pain/disease management, work therapy; pre- and post-op therapy; hypnodontics, allergies, and natural childbirth.
In 2004, I moved to Boulder and became an Intuitive Life Coach (helping clients build a complete physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual tool chest that would enable them to weather the storms of the passage on this planet and climb to the heights of their wildest dreams). Becoming an Intuitive Life Coach, I found that I could reach out to people around the country who seek to become fully functioning, happy, healthy, adults able to meet challenges, endure the highs and lows with joy, and build the endurance necessary to reach the destination of their choice.
In addition, pulling my passion for creative writing off the back-burner, I have now completed two novels: Dance for the Rain (about a young woman overcoming her fear of change and finding passion in the turmoil that is life) and Sight Seeing (the first in a series of paranormal suspense novels about a reluctant psychic/hypnotherapist who fights to protect the mountains behind her Colorado mountain town).
Enjoying my journey and trusting my knowing, I now spend my time working with clients as their personal Intuitive Life Coach, working on my next novel (Ghost Time, which is about a woman who must face the sins of her past -- past life, that is -- in order to find healing and forgiveness in this lifetime, before it’s too late yet again…); spirit trekking up and down and around and beyond the illusory mountains of this life’s journey with all of my fellow spirit trekkers, and physically trekking up and down and around the very real, and very tall, mountains that hold up the Colorado sky.