I love nature, especially anything winged, like the crows, owls, and raptors I cared for as a volunteer wildlife rehabilitator. I also love fast, thundering, vintage cars and cruising the open road. These passions might seem to have nothing in common, but each evokes a kind of power. Each also embodies a means of escape.
Some part of me has always longed to escape. But I’m also a survivor—a survivor of domestic abuse, a survivor of rape, and a survivor of medical negligence. That’s a lot. So it’s no wonder I’ve spent much of my life trying to run from these legacies, hoping to put distance between myself and these experiences, memories, and the people involved.
I’ve explored many paths to healing and forgiveness. Dedicated self-care, creative work, and embracing the yearnings of my ever-curious mind, have all helped me to stop running and reopen my heart. Every day, I recommit to understanding my experiences and how they’ve defined my sense of self. Now, every day, I commit to running toward love, and helping other survivors navigate their own path of healing.
Did I mention how much I love learning? Here are some of the places my learning journey has taken me over the past 20+ years . . .
1999 Wildlife Rehabilitation Training
2000 Appointment in Wildlife Rehabilitation, State of CT
2002-2003 Hypnotherapy Training & Certification, American Board of Hypnotherapy
2003 BA in Liberal Studies (Psychology, Art, Creative Writing), Charter Oak State College
2003-2004 Graduate Study in Counseling & Psychology, Central CT State University
2008 MS in English, Southern CT State University
2008-2009 Mediator-NVC Training, Seed of Peace
2009 Postgraduate Certificate in Financial Management, Cornell University
2010 Certificate in Marketing Management, Rutgers University
2010 Meditation Teacher Training, Transformation Meditation
2012 Practitioner Diploma & Ordination, IMM (Non-denominational)
2013 MFA in Creative Writing, Southern CT State University
2019 Certification in Patient Advocacy, PACB