Struggling with anxiety and the depression that came along with it was a motivating factor in the career choices I’ve made over the years.
As a child I was extremely shy and had lots of stomach issues due to anxiety. My sisters always insisted I sit by the window on the way to a day of skiing because I would inevitably need to roll down the window and lose my breakfast as we rolled into the parking lot.
As a teenager and young adult, my strategy for dealing with anxiety was avoidance of situations that made me anxious. As a result my life became more and more limited to the point that I only minimally participated in the usual developmental tasks of young adulthood such as learning about intimacy in relationships or developing a meaningful career. All of that came later after years of searching, therapy, reading self-help books, meditation, and the guidance and support of helpful teachers and mentors.
My career path became a reflection of my search for healing that has taken me on a journey towards an increasingly holistic approach to health and well-being; one that integrates physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual perspectives. I’ve worked in a hospital as a physical therapist assistant and massage therapist; lived for many years in a meditation ashram doing a variety of jobs; and worked for eleven years as a crisis intervention counselor and clinical supervisor in a community mental health center.
I see my current role as facilitating others in accessing their own inner strengths and resources to support themselves as they face challenges so they can live fuller, more meaningful lives.