Coach + Reiki Healer · Group Facilitator · Creative Director
At three years old, I donned a leotard and tights and began the process of perfecting pas de bourrées and extreme body consciousness.
A few years later, I sat behind a piano and painstakingly practiced until I could at least play the Robin Hood theme – Brian Adams, you might remember it.
Somewhere in between those single digit ages, I began to learn about the extremes of mental illness and psychology – first only by experience and then by my own studies.
As elementary school wore on, I began to open to the discomforting discovery of what it’s like to feel too much – to love every living creature and to enter the pain and heartbreak of others in my immediate surroundings. We call these people empaths. I didn’t know then. I didn’t know for a long while.
So, music and dance (art in general) and the study of people, particularly how we communicate with one another and ourselves, became my adolescent preoccupations and my young adult pursuits. Also, some herbalism, photography, and, well, a laundry list of curiosities.
This seems an appropriate place for some requisite resume insertions: Professionally, this all led me to become a marketing specialist and creative director. Within companies and while running my own consultancy, I carved out successful marketing, storytelling, branding and communication initiatives for clients across culture, music, innovation, non-profit and technology industries for over 13 years (The Windish Agency (now Paradigm), Yahoo! Entertainment, Adobe, PopTech, Chronicle Books, Songkick and the Los Angeles Ballet). I then began focusing on my own pursuits, my paths towards mission-based work and service: I’m the creator of The MiA (Made in America) Project and partner in the Of The Wolves international platform and experiential organization.
Personally AND professionally, I’ve been featured in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Magazine, Apartment Therapy, Refinery29, The Chalkboard Mag, Sakara Life, DesignSponge, FOAM, and more for my work as well as contributed stories to Elle, LAist, Mind Body Green and HighSnobiety/Selectism for the simple joy of storytelling.
I currently focus all of my time on Of The Wolves and my Coaching and Reiki practice (I’m a certified executive coach and NLP practitioner and Reiki healer), group facilitation, and my graduate studies in Counseling Psychology.
It wasn’t until 10 years into my career, just a few years ago, the discord between my work and my purpose caught up with me. First, it was a quiet internal struggle; each day accented by a question mark, begging me to hike further into the cave of self-inquiry. Then, personal health scares, critical and irreparable ruptures in my immediate family, and loss – so much loss - pushed me into waves I never dreamed I’d ride. I did, humanly, which is to say messily and gracefully. I’ve doubled down on my commitment to at least try to help others with tools for a better human existence – whatever the realm.
I am honored you landed here…particularly if you made it to this last word.
My Education and Training:
Currently obtaining M.A. in Counseling Psychology with emphasis on Depth Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute towards MFT licensure
ICF-recognized and licensed NLP practitioner; Columbia University Coaching Certification Program for Executive and Organizational Coaching
Level I, II, III and Master Teacher Reiki certified (concluding April 16), studying under Aimee Bello of Altared Space
Clinical trainee in group, wilderness and animal therapy at Wolf Connection
B.A. in Communications with an emphasis on Professional Writing; minor in Film Studies and Sociology, San Diego State University