My Journey ~ Becoming A Life Coach & Reiki Counselor
I was working as a Retail Store Manager with Radio Shack in 1992 and taking a class at William Paterson University: Introduction To Social Work. One day, a woman was yelling at her son in my store and starting to hit him with great force. It bothered me and I could not figure out what to do. That night in class I asked my professor what she would do in that same situation. She replied flatly, “I would become a Social Worker.” I did. I quit my job of eight years and that’s how this started… sort of.
I’ve been a Social Worker, Counselor, Educator, Community Organizer, Life Coach, Reiki Counselor, Teacher, Mentor, Traditional Usui Reiki Teaching Master and Spiritual Guide ever since. I’ve tried to the point of breaking, to find my way in this world flying solo, it didn’t work. I am not an expert on anything. I have clarity about us humans, and what works and doesn’t, I am not always right, but at least headed in the right direction. I listen a lot and effectively, even though I talk a lot. I’m intense, fun, funny and incredibly resourceful. I’ve survived deserts (The Gobi), addictions (who hasn’t), recovery, therapy (she was persistent), success (professional, personal & spiritual), injury (back, spine), loss (too many to list), gifts (wisdom, intuition, intelligence, creativity) and obstacles (wisdom, intuition, intelligence, creativity, ego, arrogance, ignorance). Still standing. Come stand with me! I’m good at what I do.
The job titles and descriptions change, but my work is the same: listening, sharing, holding, breathing, meditating, laughing, crying and caring.
I am not a New Age, Pop Psychology or Self-Help Guru. If that is what you are looking for, I will not be able to help you. The work we will do is “old”, there’s nothing new about it. The bulk of my training has come from excellent supervisors, mentors and the incredible clients I’ve been connected to over the years. I’ve also had the opportunity to train and supervise over four hundred professional and paraprofessionals working with youth, adults, families and communities.