R-D.M.T. Expressive Therapies: Dance / Movement Therapy Lesley University B.A. Psychology The University of Montana
“Though I own the universe I possess not a thing, for I cannot know the unknown if to the known I cling.” - Robert Fisher The Knight in Rusty Armor
Where did you grow up? I grew up in Great Falls Montana, right on the Missouri River.
Tell us about your family. My family is my rock. They always encouraged me to follow my passion and helped me foster a deep connection with nature from an early age. Everything I am I owe to them.
Share something about yourself that might surprise people. I hula hoop fire. It’s something I picked up while living in Hawaii and is what eventually lead me to discover Dance / Movement Therapy.
Briefly describe your work experience. While finishing my bachelor’s in psychology at The University of Montana I worked at a therapeutic boarding school that had just opened. I began as residential staff and was then promoted to shift supervisor after a year. Though I had already planned on continuing my education it was this first experience that solidified my desire to become a therapist. After graduation I accepted a position with Pacific Quest Wilderness Therapy on the Big Island of Hawaii and spent 6 months in the field before being promoted to the Solo Supervisor. I was responsible for prepping and facilitating students on a three day, two night vision quest at the end of their stay. It was one of the most rewarding experiences I have had thus far and really helped to shape the way I approach the therapeutic process. After two years in paradise I was ready to take the next step and moved to Boston to begin my master’s in Dance / Movement Therapy at Lesley University. I am elated to be a part of the Clinical Team at Summit Preparatory School!
If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?Hiking the Napali Coast on the Hawaiian Island of Kauai. There are amazing beaches and absolutely no people!
What do you enjoy doing when you are not working? You will most likely find me outside wandering the mountains, on my yoga mat, inside a hula hoop or with my hands in the dirt…depending on the season.
What draws you most to this type of work? Helping others learn to love themselves and then share that gift with the world – there is not greater work than this.