"Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive" -Howard Thurman
I completed my Masters of Arts in Spiritual Guidance at Sofia University (formerly the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology) in June 2016. My training includes therapeutic theories and techniques found in Transpersonal Psychology and Somatic Psychology, specifically Psychosynthesis, Focusing, Jungian Dream Analysis, and Somatic Experiencing. I have been a Hatha Yoga teacher since 2010 and have facilitated workshops on communal healing and transformation with groups both large and small of various races, ages, genders, and sexual orientations. Since October of 2016, as the owner of Inspired Life Counseling, I have conducted one-on-one and couples counseling sessions, yoga and free form dance classes, rights of passage ceremonies, courses on transpersonal and somatic psychology, and group workshops.
In 2010, I completed my Bachelor's Degree in International Service from American University where I pursued two concentrations, Peace & Conflict Resolution and Global Environmental Politics, with a Minor in Sociology focusing in Race Relations. Throughout my studies, I had the privilege of traveling extensively to countries around the world to learn from local movements of peace and justice. Before beginning my counseling work, I worked on an organic family farm, managed a small scale farm on an inner-city middle school campus, and organized with a number of grassroots poverty, environmental, and food justice organizations. As a case worker and Program Manager, I worked with marginalized students in a high-impact adult mentoring program and I have many years of experience working with families and individuals in hospice as a Spiritual Care Counselor. For a short time, I served as the Senior Minister at the Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth in Ann Arbor, MI where I gave weekly sermons on Interfaith and Interspiritual topics with an emphasis on social justice and embodied spirituality. During the summer of 2018, I was a member of the Ann Arbor Police Task Force, working to address police brutality and harassment through community police oversight. I continue my commitment to social change in community as an anti-racist organizer in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti and a chapter leader for Resource Generation.
You can never leave footprints that last if you’re always walking on tiptoe.” -Leymah Gbowee