SPIRITUAL DIRECTION & SOMATIC COUNSELING
I offer individual sessions in person, in my garden in Temescal, Oakland and on Zoom.
I specialize in trauma-informed work with grief and loss, death and dying. I work with people affected by cancer and other illnesses, their friends and families, and professional caregivers. I work with those dealing with other loss and pain: separation, divorce, LGBTQIA struggles, shifts in identity.
Ten years providing spiritual care for patients and their loved ones at the Alta Bates Comprehensive Cancer Center allowed me to become intimate with the complexities of the western medical system and the challenges of navigating it with skillfulness.
Fifteen years of being an Integrative Medicine Educator at the Cancer Center has shown me that it is possible to weave a holistic approach to wellness into each person's care.
Nine years as the director of Maitri AIDS hospice in the early 1990's taught be to be fierce to seek justice, and face illness, death and dying with clarity and compassion.
My guidance in our work together comes from the embodied traditions of yoga, medical qigong, Buddhism; from transformative arts, dreamwork, earth-based Jewish ritual and training in a variety of meditative traditions.
I am a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP), trained in trauma work. I use this modality as a guiding principle in my work. Depending on the client, I might use SE or a variety of modalities in a session.
I mentor those on ancestral journeys—people seeking to heal and discover connection with their ancestors through research, dreamwork, and making the journey back to their ancestral home. My guidance in this work comes from the shamanic Jewish tradition. If you'd like to read about my own ancestral journey to heal my maternal polish ancestors, click on my thesis Healing Mother Earth in Poland.
I am an artist and am guided by creativity. Years of training in ways of connecting art making with meaning making allows me to support my clients in discovering meaning and richness in the light and the darkness—in the mystery of being alive.
My commitment is to offering somatic counseling and spiritual direction to those who seek it, so I have a very flexible sliding scale. If you are interested, please call or email me for a free initial 20 minute consultation.
firstname.lastname@example.org 510 652-0560