Counselor, Hypnotherapist, Author, Teacher
Enlightened living is not a destination. It is a return to your natural state...
It occurs when you transcend the wounds of your life story.
I have always been unconventional , so creating UnTherapy as a conscious alternative to traditional counseling was a natural evolution. In my early twenties, I was co-founder of a 40-acre land cooperative in the San Juan Islands which is still in existence. I later traveled to the Rajneesh International Meditation University in India where I discovered the transformative properties of meditation.
In 1986 I became a certified hypnotherapist and NLP practitioner under the guidance of Ragini Michaels in Seattle, Washington. Hypnosis and meditation serve as potent tools to rejuvenate the body and mind from overload so the brain can stay focused on creative pursuits.
Settling down the noisy mind that results from the fallout of techno-stress, like working too hard for too long, is essential for anyone who wants to live a healthy, balanced life. So i created two hypnosis CD's entitled "Peace of Mind" and "Clarity" to support that practice.
UnTherapy is a wellness-oriented counseling alternative that provides a holistic and integrative system of positive psychology. It was inspired by the research I did for my Master's thesis called the Psychology of the Buddhas. And I trademarked UnTherapy in the 1990's when completing my Ph.D. dissertation on the subject of "enlightenment." My book, UnTherapy: A Positive Psychology for Enlightened Living, was the natural extension of that research.
I presently run a private counseling practice at the Kalihi Valley Retreat House in Honolulu, Hawaii. My sessions are 75-minutes long because I like to take time to help clients drop inside to access the wisdom that dwells beyond the chatter of the thinking mind. I also provide online counseling services via Skype and telephone counseling which has become popular even amidst my Hawaii clients because it saves time on travel.
I frequently work as a public speaker and group facilitator for organizations that want to learn about life balance, motivation, positive psychology, stress management, women's empowerment, and coping with change.
I have been an adjunct faculty member of Westbrook University, the Hogan Entrepreneur Program at Chaminade University, the APLP program at the East West Center, a volunteer trainer for Hospice Hawaii, a Board member of Noumenon Journal, an advisor to the Hawaii Women's Foundation, and an active member of the American Counseling and Hawaii Counselor's Associaitons. I also served as the President and Founder of the Hawaii Wellness Institute, a nonprofit educational organization that provided adult education courses to the greater Honolulu community for 12 years.
I presently own and operate the Women's Leadership Institute for Conscious Coaching, an online life coach certification program at www.WomensOnlineCoachTraining.com where I mentor women around the country in the art of wellness counseling. I love my work and am honored to have the opportunity to support others to live well.