About Me

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.


My Influences

I have a diverse range of professional and personal influences including; religious and spiritual leaders, psychologists, sociologists, educators, social change and human rights activists, great writers and texts.

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My Clients

I am experienced and ready to support you regardless of whether you are needing Life Coaching or Reiki Counseling as an individual, family or group.

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Work History
  • Program Director – Youth Advocate Programs
  • Education & Recreation Coordinator – Project Breakaway
  • Family Preservation Worker & Youth Shelter Counselor – Monroe County Youth Services Bureau
  • Homeless Shelter Manager – Shelter Inc
  • Case Manager & Group Counselor – Amethyst House
  • Site Coordinator & M.L.K. Achieving Greatness Through Service Coordinator – Urban League of Greater Madison
Credentials
  • B.A. in Social Welfare – University of Wisconsin
  • Crisis Intervention Specialist – 1993
  • Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse Specialist – 1993
  • Wraparound Services/Child-Family Team Facilitator – 1993
  • Child Protective Services Training – 1994
  • Psychodynamics Training – 1995
  • Marriage and The Family Specialist – 1995
  • Foster Care and Adoption Services Coordinator Training – 1995
  • High At-Risk Youth Intervention Training – 1995
  • Certified Traditional Usui Reiki Teaching Master – 1995
  • Certified Traditional Usui Reikii Practitioner and Counselor – 1995
  • Ordained Minister of Natural Healing – 1995
  • Family Systems Training – 1996
  • Circle of Courage Youth At-Risk Trainer – 1996
  • Family Preservation In-Home Specialist Training – 1996
  • At-Risk Youth Group Counseling Training – 1996
  • Parent Support Group Training – 1996
  • Teen and Gang Violence Intervention Specialist – 1997
  • Wilderness Challenge Facilitator – 1998
  • Youth Experiential Learning Leader – 1999
  • For The Benefit of All Beings – Ten-Day Training with The Dalai Lama – 1999
  • Substance Abuse Counselor Training – 2000
  • Recovery Dynamics Substance Abuse Group Intervention Training – 2000
  • Substance Abuse Group Facilitator Training – 2001
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Youth Leadership and Diversity Facilitator – 2002
  • Diversity Sensitivity and Competence Trainer – 2002
  • Seminary Healing Apprenticeship (Two-year Program) – 2003
  • Playback Improvisational Theatre Training – 2005
  • Hip Hop Classroom Pedagogy Educator – 2006
  • Qi Healer Six-Day Intensive Training – 2009
  • EFL/ESL Classroom Teacher Certification – 2010
  • Komyo Reiki Kai Master – 2010
  • Legal Guardianship Training – 2011
  • Ordained Minister and Wedding Officiant – 2014

My Experience & Success As A Life Coach & Reiki Counselor

Addictions; Obsessions, Stress, Depression, Anxiety, Panic, Dating, Intimacy & Relationships; Crisis Management, Attention & Distraction; Inner Discernment; Old Patterns; Meditation & Mindfulness; Reiki; Spiritual Healing; Abuse, Professional & Career Development; Teens, Couples and Family Issues; Aggression & Violence; Anger, Loss and Grieving; Fear, Pain Isolation, Disconnection, Social Issues, Trust, Commitment, Self-Esteem, Time Management, Communication, Eating & Diet; Body Image, Abandonment, Control, Perfectionism, Rejection, Prejudice & Discrimination, Spirituality. If you have concerns or obstacles not listed, please contact me before assuming I am not able to support your need for growth and development.

Services


Reiki Counseling

Reiki Counseling is a method of accessing deeper knowledge, wisdom and personal obstacles that are typically hard to recognize in normal consciousness. I was trained as a Traditional Usui Reiki Teacher Master to use Reiki Counseling when working with others as a safe, grounded and non-invasive means for supporting personal growth and development.

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Life Coaching

Life Coaching is geared towards working from this moment forward, which may or may not include working through childhood, traumatic or life-changing experiences leading you to today. Life Coaches typically work with you for a somewhat brief period to meet your goals and intentions or seeking support and guidance from a professional.

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Meditation Training

If you are feeling moved towards beginning or strengthening your meditation practice, I may be able to help. For me, the aspect of a daily meditation practice that I am typically most grateful for is the experience of being present. I offer Meditation Instruction for beginners as well as ongoing training for those seeking a deeper practice.

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Location & Rates
I work out of the Providence Zen Center in Cumberland, RI. I am not a licensed counselor in Rhode Island, therefore, I do not accept insurance. I offer a sliding scale fee ($60-$120) based on your own discernment of need. I accept cash, checks, Visa, Master Card, Discover, American Express and Pay Pal.

I invite you to contact me to see if we are a good fit to work together!