My commitment to Alchemical Healing grows out of a passionate interest in the question of how human beings transform the challenges of life into opportunities for healing and new possibilities.
My journey began with a love of language, art, and dance that I explored as an undergraduate at Bennington College. This study led to a decade of work as an environmental activist, gardener, and poet and then to the discovery of Chinese medicine. After receiving my Master’s degree from the Traditional Acupuncture Institute in 1985, my earlier love of art continued to inform my clinical work with Chinese medicine. For me, creativity, beauty, and self-expression are central to the healing process. My post-graduate work with Gene Gendlin of the Focusing Institute, at the Gestalt Center for Psychotherapy and Training in Manhattan, and nearly twenty years of study with Jungian analyst Nathan Schwartz-Salant bring a psychological dimension to my acupuncture practice.
Despite my interest in Western psychology, I remained committed to the practice of acupuncture and believed that I could find a way to bring Eastern and Western psychological approaches together in the treatment room. My discovery of the Five Spirits – the Taoist version of the chakra system – offered the connecting link. Writing Five Spirits was a journey as well as an initiation that led me to discover a new way of practicing the ancient art of Chinese medicine in contemporary Western settings. For the past sixteen years, I have been delighted to have the opportunity to share my multidimensional approach to healing not only with my patients but also with students at the Tri-State College of Acupuncture in Manhattan, the Institute of Traditional Medicine in Toronto, Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California, and at conferences and workshops in the UK and Europe as well as through our ongoing Mentorship programs.
I’ve always been fascinated by the potential in people, led by a yearning to grasp what makes us “tick” as individuals. This yearning began with me, of course. As a survivor of sexual abuse, a formative part of my journey has involved recovering a healthy relationship to my body and my sexuality, a discovery of my inherent worth, and a capacity to trust my connection to others. My own process of healing has revealed a passion for building healing community.
At an early age, I experienced a radical shift in consciousness through an extensive immersion in macrobiotics and whole foods cooking that revealed to me the profound personal and global implications of our food choices. This involvement led me through a series of synchronistic events to the study of astrology in the early 1990’s. I have been a student of pioneering Evolutionary Astrologer Steven Forrest for over twenty years and completed the Certificate Program in psychological astrology through the Mercury Internet School of Psychological Astrology (MISPA).
As an undergraduate student at Vermont College of Norwich University, I designed a curriculum focused on psychology, personal transformation, and gender studies. Further training at The Scherer Institute of Natural Healing in New Mexico and through the Zero Balancing Health Association has allowed me the opportunity to support clients as a licensed massage therapist since 2000. My greatest teacher has been the crucible of my relationship to Lorie. I’ve grown in ways I couldn’t have imagined through the co-creation of our Alchemical Healing Mentorship, the writing of our forthcoming book to be published by Red Wheel Weiser in Spring 2020, and our commitment to A New Possibility.
L.Ac. M.S. O.M.
I fell in love with Chinese medicine as soon as I began studying it in 1999, and my interest and respect for this body-mind-spirit healing practice has only deepened during my 17 years of private clinical work. I discovered Chinese medicine via a rather circuitous route. I first pursued a music career (B.A., Graduate Studies, and Diplômes Spécials in music performance), followed by an advertising career at a host of New York City ad agencies (M.B.A. NYU) before finally finding Chinese medicine. I feel like I am a personal testament to “A New Possibility.” So much in my life has transformed in such an alchemical fashion through my work with Lorie over many years, and with Benjamin, more recently. Thus, it gives me great delight to contribute the results of my research and creative work to the online offerings at A New Possibility. I now dedicate myself to my New York City clinical practice, the study and research of Chinese medicine and its alchemical possibilities, as well as the exploration of alternate states of consciousness. My second home is Colorado where I grew up, and now visit quite regularly. I’m in love with its skies, mountains and prairies.
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