“One who learns in order to teach will be given the opportunity to learn and teach. One who learns in order to do will be given the opportunity to learn, teach, keep and do.”
Rabbi Yishmael ben Yohanan lived in Jerusalem at the time of destruction of the Second Temple, (90-135 C.E). He was a powerful scholar who was known for his kindness to everyone he met.
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In order for you understand why I do what I do and how it can benefit you I want to share the highlights of my academic and professional career. For those of you familiar with psychotherapy you will notice how the telling of a story informs our understanding of a person. For those of you unfamiliar with the process of therapy, this will be an introduction to the concept.
My parents were both educators born in Wyoming during the Great Depression. When I was a child they moved us to northern New York and raised us on a farm. They believed it would benefit my brothers and I to understand the cycles of life. Every member of the family contributed to best of our abilities. Even in the bitter cold of winter it was not uncommon for my mother to birth the lambs and calves while my father was at work.
In high school I studied Japanese and became an exchange student in a rural town in Kyushu, Japan where I spent many hours exploring the local Buddhist and Shinto temples. My interest in Buddhism continued at Hampshire College in Massachusetts where I was encouraged to pursue my passion through an individualized program of study. I was fortunate to spend several months living with Tibetan monks in Dharamsala, India and Katmandu, Nepal. In Thailand I learned Vipassana meditation from a jovial Theravadan monk whose smile and encouragement remain with me today.
After college I was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship based the quality of original research I had conducted overseas which culminated in my thesis, “The Self in the Face of Death.” For my Fulbright I returned to Japan to delve into the Kyoto School of Japanese Philosophy at Nanzan University. It was at this time that I had a profound existential crisis and decided to pursue graduate studies in social work with the goal of putting compassion into practice. I had witnessed and experienced enough pain and trauma that I knew I had to integrate my heart and mind in order to live.
I attended the Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. My graduate thesis explored the unique role of silent prayer in the lives of Orthodox Jewish women. After graduation I moved to Israel where I learned Hebrew and became a grant writer for the Tel Aviv Rape Crisis Center. In Israel I met a New Mexican Rabbi and a Choctaw writer at an interfaith retreat who convinced me that Albuquerque should be my next destination.
Since moving to New Mexico I have been a pioneer in several fields. My work with people who have Intellectual Disabilities challenged the standard approach of behavioral control by giving them access to psychotherapy. From 2004-2010 my clinical work focused on the unique needs of transsexuals with an emphasis on teaching other clinicians how to empower and protect this vulnerable population. From 2011-2016 I co-owned and managed Fox Therapy Inc. where we provided personalized care in an intimate setting for those seeking both medication management and psychotherapy. In order to pursue my goal of integrating energy work into psychotherapy I formed a new company, Inspire Divine Energy Awareness Inc.
In 2015 I became a Certified Thanatologist because I want to support individuals and their families who are dealing with death. Based my earlier research I know that the awareness of our physical mortality is the most powerful impetus for choosing to live a meaningful life. We do not need to be facing imminent death to understand this truth. As the story of my career indicates, I believe life is for living. In your work with me I can help you create a rich life that transcends common obstacles of fear, self-doubt and dysfunctional modes of communication.