I’ve always been captivated by the Deep Questions: What is the soul? What is the meaning of Life? What is God all about? Why do bad things happen? These questions first arose after my father death when I was eight years old. Losing my husband at 32 compounded my questioning and my quest for answers.
I wound up studying psychology as a way to understand the inner workings of the soul and to figure myself out. Over the course of a couple of decades, and through the many personal and professional twists and turns, I evolved from being a garden variety counselor to becoming “Grief Girl” — an expert in grief and loss and how to transform those experiences into an abundant and meaningful life.
My personal maxim is borrowed from the Sufi poet Rumi, who wrote:
“The moment you accept what troubles you have been given, a door opens.”
I love what I do. I love helping people find and walk through that door into a bigger, richer, more meaningful and beautiful life. I also love reading, writing, Jasmine Pearl tea, dogs, little kids, riding bikes, Lillet Blanc, country music (Yes, it’s true. We all have our guilty pleasures), jazz standards, the San Francisco Giants, and all things Italian.
As for the résumé:
I have a BA from Northwestern University, an MA in Counseling Psychology from the University of San Francisco and did doctoral work in Depth Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara. I have been practicing as a counselor and coach since 1992 and have been a student of spirituality for almost that long. For nine years I wrote a monthly column for the Jacksonville Review titled Soul Matters and I am the author of an award-winning book, Washing the Bones: A Memoir. I’m currently working on my second book, Grief Girl’s Bedside Guide to Grief. I live with my family in the beautiful, historic town of Jacksonville, Oregon …
… and I’d love to meet you. There’s a comfy chair, some tea if you’d like. Let’s talk.