I've worn lots of hats in my life. I earned a degree in sociology and anthropology from a small state college in Vermont, then spent years working as a chef in restaurants all over New England and in Montana. For 15 years I was a self-employed custom cabinetmaker, and owned and operated two artisan bread companies. I was a massage therapist for three years. I have a masters in social work from the University of Denver, and I am a Registered Psychotherapist in the state of Colorado.
Each of these experiences made the next one not only possible, but more effective.
Good therapy is about perception and perspective. Many of my past adventures have helped me develop the ability to see things from lots of different angles at once.
I bring all of my past experience into the room with me when I do therapy.
Cooking taught me to pay attention to the big picture, and how each small ingredient has an impact on the whole. We are, at our core, a collection of our experiences. Recognizing how each small piece can effect us, and how to use that concept as an agent for change, can be a powerful thing.
Cabinetmaking and baking taught me patience and the importance of understanding just how far a material can be manipulated before it breaks. We are all molded and shaped by our experiences, the other people in our life, and our interactions with them. Some of these experiences make us stronger and more self-assured. Others leave us shaken and feeling broken. Understanding what builds us up and feeds us in a healthy way is the first step to feeling stronger and better about who we are and how we move through the world.
Finally, massage therapy, in addition to teaching me about anatomy and how our bodies are impacted by the world around us, taught me about silence. Being quiet is a rare and powerful thing. I don't leave my clients sitting in silence for long periods of time. However, I do know how to sit in a moment without feeling the need to fill it. This often gives the client the time they need to hear their own wise voice.