I believe I stumbled across mindfulness inadvertently when I started surfing as a teenager. It was right around the time that my mom had passed away from Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. It was a time of uncertainty and pain. I remember getting in the water and feeling like it was the only moment that my mind and heart were able to be present. I wasn't thinking about doctor's appointments or attempting to finish school. All I felt was the cold water on my face. The adrenaline moving through my body. What I didn't realize at the time, was that I was truly being present with the unpredictability of life. Allowing the difficult emotions to rise and fall, while I paddled over and under each wave. Experiencing stillness and space in between overwhelming thoughts. I couldn't worry about the past or future, because I was fully immersed in the moment.
As I continued to navigate my path, I lived in many cities and explored other countries. I took six months to explore Central America on my own, surfing, learning Spanish, and teaching art to homeless youth. I found my passion in life was to work and connect with people. I then discovered the Master's program in Marriage and Family Therapy, with a specialization in Clinical Art Therapy at Loyola Marymount. I knew I had truly connected my passion of making art and using it as a healing modality for people. I was directly able to see the impact that art making had on my clients. It is a profound tool of expression and processing emotions outside of the spoken word.
I am also one of two women, who founded Seakher, a women's international surf and yoga retreat, based on the foundation of mindfulness, adventure, empowerment, and community. Furthermore, I'm a Mindfulness Facilitator at Saltwater Sessions, a unique program designed to help people recover from addiction, through the challenge of surfing and the meditative practice of mindfulness.
Ultimately, I have discovered that the combination of being outside in nature, practicing mindfulness, and connecting with our bodies, can offer a sense of grounding to ourselves and our emotional landscape.
My approach is warm, nurturing, and non-judgmental. We will work together to gain insight into new ways of thinking and feeling. It may be challenging at times, as growing personally takes commitment and strength. It will be a rewarding journey of discovering a healthier and more mindful way to live. Then you can experience a life with less stress, anxiety, depression, and more fulfilling relationships.
I look forward to hearing from you!