My story . . .
Thirteen years ago if you had told me I would:
• Write a skills-training course;
• Put it in 20 hospitals;
• Train 40 instructors to teach it;
• Study it with 4 research projects at Duke University;
• Have it be a documentary that aired on PBS; and
• Build an online community to make it available to
everyone in the country;
I would have said you were mistaken.
I was excited about my marriage and family therapy practice and hadn’t even considered working in oncology.
However, the invitation to run a cancer support group all those years ago changed my life profoundly.
• It changed the way I work.
• It changed the way I think.
• It changed the way I am.
The way I work:
• I teach skills-training instead of counseling.
• I teach a proven curriculum:
The Seven Pillars of Personal Strength™.
• I work with people for 10 sessions —
rarely more, never less.
• I use course materials and give homework.
• I meet with people in person or online.
The way I think:
• Therapy takes too long,
often fails to change behavior, and...
leaves you feeling wiser but not better.
• People need skills for actually feeling better.
• You can learn those skills and not need
to keep coming to your therapist forever.
The way I am:
• Cared for
• Conected to Spirit
• Empowered by my Life Story
My philosophy . . .
There are skills you can learn that will transform the way you approach problems, think about your life, and take care of yourself.
• Anyone can learn them.
• It doesn’t take long.
• It’s actually fun.
My latest crusade . . .
After dedicating over 15 years to helping people overcome the emotional impact of cancer, I am now focusing on teaching these life-changing skills to teens and young adults.
Why I'm passionate about teens & young adults . . .
• The level of discontentment (even suicide) among teens and young adults today is unacceptable to me.
• The skills I teach can transform a young person’s transition into adulthood from a period of insecurity and uncertainty to an opportunity for self-awareness and personal empowerment.
• In my experience, this age group is hungry to learn, willing to try new things, open to self-reflection, and desperate to feel better.
• Everyone deserves to have the skills they need to be their best selves and achieve their dreams.
My vision . . .
Everyone will have access to these life-changing skills.
They will be considered an essential component of our kids' education and taught in schools.
They will be considered the other half of healthcare and covered by health insurance.
My education, training & licensure . . .
• Duke University, BA
• London School of Economics, Certificate
• Antioch University, MA Clinical Psychology —
Marriage and Family Therapy
• Center for Mind-Body Medicine, Advanced Training
• Benson-Henry Institute of Mind-Body Medicine, Cont. Ed.
• Licensed Professional Counselor, State of Colorado
My other passions . . .
• PATHFINDERS, a non-profit I started in Aspen, Colorado that provides
counseling and volunteer services to people touched by cancer and grief
• ZERO HOUR EXPEDITIONS, a non-profit I helped start that takes veterans on
30-day wilderness adventures to heal their minds, bodies and spirits
• My 3 kids, my husband of 24 years, and our puppy Nikko