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My journey into mindfulness was inspired by a desire to help therapy clients reduce their suffering. I learned firsthand, through personal practice, its beneficial effects on wellbeing. Ashtanga yoga provided a doorway into greater mindfulness and self-compassion, making the stillness of sitting meditation more accessible. I believe that we are best able to help alleviate the suffering of others when we attend to our own and I take great joy in sharing the gifts of mindfulness with others.
I am a licensed psychologist, Certified Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) Teacher, a Trained Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP) Teacher, a co-teacher of MSC and MBSR, and a Registered Yoga Teacher. It is my heart's work to serve as coordinator for the Midwest Alliance for Mindfulness. I have also completed trainings in Compassion Cultivation, Nonviolent Communication, Trauma Informed Yoga, Embodied Activism, the Pachamama Game Changer Intensive for social and ecological justice, and The Work That Reconnects (Joanna Macy). I'm currently engaged in a year-long program in Engaged Buddhism with the Upaya Institute. I believe that mindfulness can be a pathway for learning the fundamental skills necessary for personal and collective wellbeing.