Bio

I was born and grew up in Europe and immigrated to Minnesota in my twenties. My interests have always been centered around the healing arts and sustainable food production.

I raised two daughters and enjoyed homeschooling for a number of years.

When Shiatsu therapy was introduced to the Midwest, I completed that training and became state licensed. Looking to broaden my practice, I began to study various types of craniosacral therapy, including Upledger and Milne’s visionary craniosacral approach. It was biodynamic craniosacral therapy which really resonated with me, and in 2005 I finished that two-year training in Colorado.

My experience with a spinal cord injury, surgeries and recovery have strengthened my belief in our ability to heal and regenerate. I know firsthand the kind of support we need to do so. This experience has transformed my work and deepened my skills.

Realizing how many suffer from a loss of connection with themselves and others because of overwhelming life experiences led me to complete a three-year education in trauma resolution known as Somatic Experiencing.

Somatic Experiencing establishes the safety and resources to live life fully, Shiatsu balances energy, and Craniosacral therapy accesses our wholeness, which allows for transformational changes. I am excited to integrate my life experiences with these complementary modes of therapy; together they address our whole being, allowing our system to heal itself.

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

Integral Somatic Psychology,   2020-21
Instructor/Institute: Raja Selvam, Integral Somatic Psychology
Cologne, Germany

Through the eye of the needle: Near death and anesthesia trauma,   2018-19
Instructor/Institute: Peter Levine, Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute
Berkeley, CA

Concussions, traumatic brain injuries and PTSD,   2015
Instructor/Institute: Dave Berger, Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute
Austin, TX

The neurobiology of loving relationships, Dare 3,   2014
Instructor: Diane Poole Heller
Berkeley, CA

Preventing medical trauma in children and adults,   2013
Instructor: Ana de Vallo
Minneapolis, MN

The sensory world of a child, attachment and trauma,   2013
Instructor: Ana de Vallo
Minneapolis, MN

Somatic Experiencing,   2009-2011
Instructors/Institute: Dave Berger/Raja Selvam, Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute
San Francisco, CA / St Paul, MN

Cranial Pediatrics,   2007
Institute: Milne Institute
Duluth, MN

Qi Gong (Level One),   2007
Institute: Spring Forest Qi Gong
Bloomington, MN

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy,   2003-2005
Instructors/Institute: Anna & John Chitty, Colorado School for Energy Studies
Boulder, CO

Embryology,   2005
Instructor/Institute: Jaap van der Waal, Colorado School for Energy Studies
Boulder, CO

Sotai,   2001
Institute: Minnesota Center for Shiatsu Studies
Minneapolis, MN

Visionary Craniosacral Therapy,   1999-2001
Instructor/Institute: Hugh Milne, Milne Institute
San Francisco, CA

Guided Imagery for Health Professionals,   1998
Instructor/Institute: University of Wisconsin – Menomonie
Menomonie, WI

Introduction to Craniosacral Therapy,    1998
Institute: Upledger Institute
Minneapolis, MN

Advanced Zen Shiatsu,    1996-1997
Institute: Minnesota Center for Shiatsu Studies
Minneapolis, MN

Anma and Namikoshi Shiatsu,    1993-1995
Institute: Cari Johnson, Minnesota Center for Shiatsu Studies
Minneapolis, MN