Here’s the personal stuff. (It’s pretty personal). I’m really ok with you knowing me. It’s one of the ways you decide if it’s right for us to work together. (Scroll down if you’re looking for the logistical, degree and certification stuff.)
I was born.
Then a bunch of stuff happened that affected my emotional development… like I was left in a box on the street in Seoul, Korea. I spend the most of those first, critical bonding months scientists talk about in an orphanage and foster family and back again. At 8 months old, I was adopted by kind folks from the states and had all kinds of difficulty in the beginning. Then we moved to Germany when I was 5 which was disorienting for everyone. We were around military kids, who moved all the time. Then we moved back to the states when I was 12, and I went to 6 different schools between 7th and 9th grades. So my experience of consistency in relationships was pretty much shot, if not from my adoption, then from the constant shifting of my social circles. I went to college like a normal kid, but by then I was kind of a wreck on the inside. (I made it all look ok on the outside, though.)
But here’s where the 1st really profound shift came. I had hit rock bottom and finally asked my grandmother to teach me to meditate. She did, and it changed my brain chemistry so much that I became fascinated. I changed my major from Biomedical Science to Psychology and began my studies in Health Psychology and the integration of Meditation and Neuroscience. So, I’ve been meditating and studying meditation since I was 20. I went to grad school at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado to continue my studies.
This was the 2nd really profound shift came. In my first week there we watched a video of an adult man who had been adopted as an infant. He was doing a type of therapy called “rebirthing” where he is hypnotically regressed to his neonatal experience. In the video he was bawling and vocalizing his grief about being abandoned. When they turned the lights on in the room, I realized I had been crying and didn’t even know it. This was my first awareness that I had any issues at all with my adoption, and thus began a deep and profound journey around my own emotional healing.
In my post graduate work, I worked with group homes, trauma and severe mental illness. Not everyone could meditate. So I thought a movement based therapy would be really helpful. At the time I was really into martial arts, so I created this thing I called Martial Arts Psychotherapy. Ultimately I realized it was a little bit of a liability for me to hold the kick pad for an angry 200 pound teenage boy, so I let that one go. Around the same time I had gotten really into yoga through my own healing practice and realized this was the perfect complement to psychotherapy. I started researching, experimenting and blending until I came up with an evidence based modality of yoga psychotherapy. This was a bit before Yoga and Psychology became a big thing. Thankfully, the research that’s out now, supports my findings! (Phew!)
Later on, I met Lisa Wimberger from the Neurosculpting® Institute -again through my own healing practice. I was hooked and couldn’t help adding it to my practice as a psychotherapist. Neurosculpting® has been one of the most profound tools I’ve experienced. I felt like it allowed me to go from theory, to practice. Meaning, whatever my story was – it didn’t matter – Neurosculpting® gave me tools to make the changes I wanted in my daily life, instead of just having insight but not knowing how to actualize my insight in the moment.
So it has all culminated into this. Vibrant Medicine. Through my own growth and healing of the things that kept me shut down, disconnected and depressed I’ve integrated the most effective healing modalities I’ve experienced to create a program that will help peeps like you find and remove all the blocks that keep you from living a fully Vibrant Life. For me, it’s like living life in color when before, I didn’t even know I wasn’t. (You don’t know what you don’t know!)
So that’s my story. Or most of it anyway. I tell you because I want you to understand that I’m committed to growth and healing as a lifestyle, And I want you to know it is possible to come out on the other side of things, even when it feels like the deck is stacked against you. Whether you choose to work with me or not, I wish you deep and meaningful connections and ease in your healing journey.
Here’s the logistical stuff:
I earned my Bachelor of Science in Psychology with an emphasis on Health Psychology from Texas A&M University and a Master of Arts in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from Naropa University. I’ve been seeing clients and providing consultation services for almost 15 years. My experience has covered everything from therapy for severe mental illness to wellness coaching, with a speciality in attachment/adoption issues, trauma and anxiety/depression.
Over the course of the last 15 years, I have continued my education with adding trainings and certifications in modalities like EMDR, Somatic Experiencing, Internal Family Systems, Trauma Focused CBT, and additional trainings in Neuroscience and Nutrition.
I received my 200 hour Vinyasa Yoga certification and Bhava Vinayasa (a healing centered flow and restore yoga) certification from Tillai University. I have thousands of hours of yoga teaching experience and collaborate with yoga teacher trainings across the country.
I am super excited to be the co-creator of Neurosculpting® Yoga along with Neurosculpting® Institute founder, Lisa Wimberger. In support of my fellow colleagues, I love training Medical and Mental Health professionals to incorporate aspects of mindfulness and yoga into both their personal lives and their client sessions.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Neurosculpting® Facilitator, Yoga Psychotherapist, Experienced~Registered Vinyasa Yoga Instructor/Teacher Trainer and Therapist Supervisor.