I have struggled to find a space where I felt fully seen and understood and connected.
I have often felt that that something about me is not right or ok or enough.
I thought I needed fixing and that others did too.
I sought my education in psychology and nutrition, earning a BS in Psychology from DePaul University in Chicago and a BS in Nutrition from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
I worked inpatient at a hospital – fixing what was wrong with patients’ food and their bodies.
I pursued a Personal Training Certificate and trained and advised individuals about what to eat and how to move.
And then I started listening…to what people were saying and to what the universe was telling me.
And I learned…that people did not need to be fixed. That fixing was not helping. That there was inherently nothing wrong with them or their bodies.
Through this listening, I learned to trust myself more. I learned to engage in less fixing and more being; to exist in less judgement and in more compassion.
And my work changed.
I completed my Master of Social Work program at Washington University in St. Louis in 2012 and have been supporting and holding space for clients in all levels of care ever since.
My work continues to influence me, and my life path has continued to influence my work.
In the last 10 years I have moved states 5 times.
I have matured in my partnership and welcomed 3 daughters into our family, each born in a different state.
I have grown a practice and closed a practice 3 times.
I have developed relationships, both personally and professionally, and have had to say goodbye.
I have had to start over.
It’s been hard and scary and lonely. It’s also been an adventure and strengthened my skills and resources.
It has taught me that not pursuing my passion is far scarier than trying and failing.
It has taken me time and work to get here, but I can confidently say my purpose and passion is about helping others learn—just like I did—that they don’t need fixing.
To learn that you can get up and start again. That you have inherent the strength and wisdom and resilience to carry you through whatever hardships and challenges you are facing.
And that you don’t have to do it alone.