At the age of 21 I began breaking out of my family patterns through meditation, yoga and therapy. Deep and lasting transformation took off when I began learning and practicing the mindfulness and communication skills of Nonviolent Communication about 18 years ago. Finally I had a roadmap that led me to consistently connect with my emotional and spiritual inner landscape and navigate the complexity of relationships. I learned how to be present and shift my most uncomfortable emotions. I learned how to connect with my deepest values and needs and still be present and respectful of others, even when I didn’t agree with them.
My life has been a fascinating, sometimes challenging, and joyful journey of immense growth. I was in a long marriage, divorced and have a son in his thirties. I’ve encountered illness, my parents’ declining health, and family substance abuse. My training and personal experiences, along with my willingness to learn and grow through life’s challenges, allows me successfully guide others in their journey to more fulfilling lives.
I have owned businesses for 30 years and I understand the challenges of managing time, resources and guiding employees. I’ve applied cutting-edge communication and leadership processes in my own business and with non-profit organizations. I am an established professional artist, collaborating frequently with conservation organizations to benefit Hawaii native species.
My mission is to help people change their relationships, and the world, one conversation at a time. I am a warm and supportive coach, helping my clients move forward with curiosity, compassion, confidence and skill in creating thriving relationships that are the foundation for their personal and business success.
Relational Life Therapy- Level 1
Certified Trainer, Center for Nonviolent Communication
The Couples Institute
Mediation Training, Mediation Training Center of the Pacific
B.A. Anthropology, University of Alaska