I am a freelance writer, editor, and mentor. My passion for writing has accompanied me through several career shifts weaving together teaching, therapy, and freelancing. For the past 35 years my writing projects have ranged from journalistic endeavors to memoirs, from scholarly and academic articles to poetry and exploring our stories to heal. My clients have included authors and academics, students and teachers, practitioners and psychotherapists.
- Master of Education: Reading. University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH
- Master of Arts: English, Writing. University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH
- Master of Arts: Clinical Psychology, Specialization in Somatic Psychology. Santa Barbara Graduate Institute. Santa Barbara, CA
- Doctor of Philosophy: Clinical Psychology, Concentration in Somatic Psychology. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles, CA.
- Amherst Writers and Artists group writing mentor
- Relational Somatic Psychology
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Basic Level One
Present Volunteer Positions
- Editorial assistant: Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy
- Peer reviewer: Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy
Previous Volunteer Positions:
- Co-Editor: The International Body Psychotherapy Journal
- Publications committee member: European Association for Body Psychotherapy
- Association for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health
- European Association for Body Psychotherapy
- United States Association for Body Psychotherapy
Somatic Psychotherapy Today:
This international publication came to life when I noticed a gap between peer reviewed journals and mainstream publications. Somatic Psychotherapy Today fills an important niche. As the founding editor, the current editor-in-chief, and publisher the past eight years, I offer a collection of articles designed to attract and educate practitioners in all health care fields as well as laypersons wanting to learn more about physical, emotional, and spiritual health and wellbeing.
I have taught the young and old since 1984. My students have ranged in age from preschool to 92. I received the Greater Piscataqua Foundation Award of Teaching Excellence for my innovative writing program entitled, The Magical Mailbox.
- Elementary classroom teacher
- Reading specialist and special education teacher
- Adjunct faculty at the University of New Hampshire (Freshman English)
- Adjunct staff at the New Hampshire Community Technical College (creative nonfiction writing)
- Workshop presentations
- Pre Congress workshop entitled, Professional and Academic Wiring: Enriching the Human Experience, at the 2014 EABP-ISC Congress in Lisbon, Portugal.
“Write To Be”:
I founded “Write To Be” to offer writing workshops in personal exploration and professional publication. These writing workshops took place in three New Hampshire communities and resulted in several self-published anthologies: Our Tuesday Nights Out (published annually 2005 to 2010) and Prompted to Write (published 2009 and 2010).
I currently share my personal and professional writing time with elder care. My parents, ages 89 and 90, are a blessing, and yes it can be challenging with Alzheimer’s Disease, cancer, macular degeneration, hearing loss and so forth. And, yet, we live in the moment, do our best to pause, reflect, not get hooked by outdated family patterns and internalized childhood wounds. Patience, love, compassion, presence, being who we are in the moment, accepting what we have come to call the new normal. Life is happening all around us and we are immersed in it. And when I need a time out, I head outdoors. I’m an avid hiker, kayaker/paddle boarder, and an overall outdoor enthusiast. Nature is my place of solace and inner expression.