I grew up with an ambitious drive for perfection and the effect was a high-functioning inner critic; from my body to relationships and on. Like most things, it would go through ebbs and flows and like most people, no one knew when it was washing over me.
Eventually I reached a point where I was no longer able to contain it, I felt unable to live in joy. It was then that I consciously chose to face my fears and began my search for a path to wellbeing from the inside-out. This search led me to meditation, books, workshops and writing some of my own cheesy poetry.
I had read and resonated with many of Byron Katie's books by the time I found myself in Spain, as an au pair, in 2009. I was at a loss of how to deal with the anger and disappointment I had toward the family I was working with and was finally motivated to try out 'The Work' on a consistent basis. It left me in awe.
Through writing down my judgments of the family and honestly examining them, I experienced insights, understanding and compassion. My perspective of who they were shifted and it, quite literally, shifted everything. It was the first time I experienced an effective way to meet and engage with my painful thoughts and emotions.
Since then, I have applied this meditative process in the challenging aspects of my life, in particular on anxiety, body-image, negative self-talk and romantic relationships. I am deeply grateful for the effect this ongoing practice continues to have on my life.
certified facilitator of the work of byron katie
I completed the Institute for The Work Certification Program in 2012 and am certified as a Wellness Counselor by Cornell University. I offer workshops, residential retreats, and work with individual clients over phone, zoom or skype. In addition, I've been involved in projects since 2013 addressing self-stigma in vulnerable populations through Beyond Stigma; working on the ground with international NGO's to support people living with HIV & AIDS in Zimbabwe (2013, 2014 & 2015) and sex-workers in Vietnam (2017 & 2018). I have worked with people on a wide variety of challenges ranging in severity - anywhere from everyday annoyances, to losing a loved one, heartbreak and PTSD. There is nothing that these questions can't support if the mind is open.
“This work requires stillness and the desire to understand the cause of your suffering.” - Byron Katie
Featured in the press: • Hairprint's Women is Wellness Blog here The Work on self-stigma: • Journal article on self-stigma and HIV in Zimbabwe here • Read posts written in 2013 on sharing The Work in Zimbabwe here