I have volunteered with the 2 Vipassana groups at Soledad and I currently counsel inmates at the Santa Cruz County Jail as an MFT Trainee. I also counsel individuals and lead groups at Gemma, a women's transition program and soon at RISE, a new men's transition program in Watsonville.
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Some years ago the combined emotions of anger and shame around our country's so-called correctional system motivated me to action. This coincided with beginning to practice Vipassana meditation and the beginnings of a personal transformation which eventually led me to a graduate program in Integral Counseling Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies. I've been blessed now with over a year of practicum experience at the jail and Gemma. The clients I serve inspire me and remind me that we are all interconnected beings. I'm fascinated by my studies in interpersonal neurobiology, the links between trauma and addiction, and how the thread of mindfulness weaves an infinite pattern in this sacred work.
I seek the middle way through the triple gems of Buddha, Dhamma & Sangha. They are truly my refuges as I balance my life as a mother of two girls (11 & 14 at this writing), a partner to my husband, a freelance designer, a student and a training therapist.
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