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My journey into mindfulness and compassion cultivation was inspired by a desire to help therapy clients reduce suffering - I learned firsthand, through personal practice, their beneficial effects on wellbeing. Ashtanga yoga provided a doorway into greater embodiment, making the stillness practices more accessible to me. I believe that we're best able to help alleviate the suffering of others when we attend to our own (as they are inseparable) and I take great joy in sharing the gifts of mindfulness and compassion 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.