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 Seakhera 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!

 

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