With a Master’s Degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology and Art Therapy, I bring holistic approaches to therapy that combine modern research with age old wisdom traditions. I have received advanced post graduate training and certification in the Hakomi Psychotherapuetic Method as well as multiple other modalities that incorporate somatic, trauma informed and mindfulness-based approaches. I have worked in a diverse range of settings including schools, counseling centers, eating disorder clinics, hospitals, community centers and abroad with NGO’s internationally and currently serve as a teacher-in-training for the Hakomi institute.
What has truly brought me to the path of therapist is witnessing first hand the transformative power of mindfulness practice, art making for healing and somatic oriented therapies. I consider engaging in these practices personally one of the most important aspects of what I do professionally. I truly love what I do and am deeply honored to witness my clients as they do the sacred work of personal growth.
B.A. Fine Arts, California State University Northridge, March 2009
M.A. Transpersonal Counseling Psychology- Concentration in Art Therapy, Naropa University, May 2013
Partnering with Compassionate Spirits: An Introduction to Essential Shamanism, Julie Kramer, Boulder, CO, October 2011- November 2012
(1 CEU) Enhancing Assessment and Treatment Planning with the Expressive Therapies Continuum, Lisa Hinz, Seattle WA, June 2013
(2 CEU) Introduction to the Hakomi Method, Del Prince, Princeton NJ, June 2013
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Training Level 1: Affect Regulation, Survival Defenses, and Traumatic Memory, Janina Fisher, New York NY, October 2013- May 2014 (80 contact hours)
Hakomi Comprehensive Two Year Training: Mindful Somatic Based Therapy Method, Phil Del Prince, Melissa Grace & Jacie Hull, Princeton NJ, May 2014- February 2016 (325 contact hours)
Hakomi Advanced Training Weekend, Princeton NJ, Phil Del Prince and Melissa Grace, April 2016
Brainspotting Phase 1, Susan Pinco and Deborah Antinori, Jersey City NJ, January 2018 (21 contact hours)
Brainspotting Phase 2, Susan Pinco and Deborah Antinori, Sea Girt NJ, January 2018 (21 contact hours)
Academy for Addiction and Mental Health Nutrition Level 1 Core Training: Certification in Biomechanics and Nutritional Approaches to Mental Health, Christina Veselak, Online Course, January- May 2018 (15 contact hours)
The Art and Practice of Shamanic Healing: A Three- Year Professional Training and Initiation: Julie Kramer and Guest Teachers, Boulder CO, September 2019- April 2022
Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) Essential Skills (ES1)- Three Long Weekends, Multiple Instructors, New York NY, October 2019- May 2020 (65 Contact Hours)