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If you are looking for support in improving the quality of your life, your relationships and your inner experience of life and are struggling to get the results you so deeply desire... if you think you've tried everything and nothing has worked, I can help. I help individuals and families get informed, educated, and make the best decisions for their mental health and wellness needs because taking care of our mental health impacts every area of our life. I provide research based tools and strategies, individual ongoing support and have a team of experts I work with to provide answers to the your most pressing mental health, substance-use-disorder and relationship issues.
My life's journey led me through decades of living with loved ones who suffered with mental health and addictive patterns and self-medicated with everything from IV heroin, alcohol, cocaine, porn and other, "use" disorders. As a mother to a daughter 11 years in recovery from opioid addiction and having taken in her childhood best friend who is also in recovery from opioid addiction, I know first hand the struggles, pain and trauma that accompanies attempting to parent children who struggle with substance use disorder.
Growing up, I experienced a host of traumatic events such being raised in an emotionally and mentally unhealthy family system, suffering sexual abuse from a young age and the loss of my younger brother to substance use disorder. I began self medicating a a very young age and spent decades struggling with mental health issues. Throughout my life until my late 40's I suffered with depression, anxiety and multiple forms of both addictive and co-addictive patterns and lived a life driven by insecurity, fear and loneliness, all of which led to self-sabotaging behaviors and traumatizing outcomes.
Ten years ago, when my 11 year marriage failed, I felt like I had lost everything and every area of my life was broken. I felt broken. I took a hard look at my life, came to understand I would never find inner peace and happiness unless I took a deep dive into my own mental health and emotional recovery. I got educated, mentored and coached by the best of the best in the mental health, relationship, recovery and treatment world. I did exactly what they told me to! I learned proven tools and strategies and they worked for me and my relationship with myself improved dramatically as well as my relationship with the people I loved. In the process, I found my life's passion which is helping others to create the life they deserve and desire regardless of what they' re dealing with currently or what they've experienced in their past.
I received my Doctorate in Consciousness Studies from the Emerson Theological Institute and am a Certified ICF Life Coach, Family Recovery and Relationship Coach and is a Daring Way Facilitator - based on author and researcher Brené Brown’s work. I am a speaker, author, online course developer, mother and grandmother and a licensed Minister with over 10 years of service in my spiritual community. Additionally, I am a Transactional Analysis Practitioner, NLP Master Practitioner, Non-denominational Minister and Reiki Master. I have appeared as an expert on The Doctors, ABC, FOX and MedCircle, and regularly appears on Mental Health Podcasts, at ORO House Recovery Centers as well as in Bustle, and Page6.
My greatest sense of fulfillment and joy comes from knowing that I have personally guided thousands of clients from around the world through healing toxic family relationships and issues related to substance-use-disorder,(aka addiction), unhealthy family systems and helping individuals discover the power of their own consciousness to transform their lives, by teaching researched based tools and strategies to create connection and recovery. My clients learn to heal limiting belief's, to forgive self and others and to practice self-love and kindness which then extends to others and leads to better results in relationships and in every area of life.
Note: If you love someone who struggles from addiction, the studies show that the quality of your connection with your loved one is the best tool you have to help influence their choice to move toward and sustain recovery. Conversely, if the quality of your connection is severely challenged your loved one will pull away and move toward their strategy/substance of negative behavior for dealing with their emotional pain.
In working with clients I integrate ideas from psychology, philosophy, modern physics, spirituality, neuroscience, cognitive science, and linguistics. to respond to their loved ones from a place of kindness and compassion and from a place of being rational and not emotional during the toughest moments and conversations that accompany mental health challenges and addiction.
Relationships challenged by loving someone who suffers from SUD (Substance Use Disorder), whether parent /child, sibling, spousal or partners, only stand a chance of healthy recovery, of being fulfilling and healthy again, if you can create a trusting and deep connection.
“I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.”
If it is substance use disorder in your family please consider this, every 10 minutes there is a lethal drug overdose in the United States alone. We cannot wait for our loved ones to hit bottom - this a deadly disease!
There are actions you can and must take to overcome the challenges that substance use disorder brings to our family and our loved ones.