A year after I quit that horrible job in San Francisco, I received a call from my doctor. I needed immediate surgery to remove an ovarian cyst the size of grapefruit. I thought the last two years leading up to that call could be erased but the body remembers. It knows the score. I began each morning with a large whole milk latte and promptly headed to the job I talked about earlier. To cope, I would indulge in a carb-filled lunch and wash it down with cocktails and wine in the evening. I didn’t know it then but my body was undergoing stress.
When one life stressor goes off it can have a domino effect and negatively impact various aspects of your well-being. My body was trying to give me signs but I continued to ignore them. I was suffering from stress, dehydration, and inflammation. And I didn't know it stemmed from my thoughts and daily lifestyle behaviors. I was in my own way.
About Me Continued
As a child, (pictured above) I loved to eat, especially cherry tomatoes. I still can’t walk by a cherry tomato bush from my mom's garden today without grabbing some. If I could do it under the sunshine and in my underwear, like I used to as a kid, I would. Inside my home wasn’t always as peaceful as outside in the vegetable garden. Our family's household rule growing up was all emotions were to be kept under wraps and not discussed. So I learned to sweep my feelings under a rug. As humans, we tend to numb feelings or stress with food, drugs, screens, avoiding exercise, and all other methods to bring immediate relief.
We have all had times in our lives when we felt adrift. It can cause chronic stress. Those buried emotions have to go somewhere! They typically show up in our lives as symptoms, suffering, or complexes. We gain weight, quit exercising, get in a fight with a partner, get sick, have a conflict at work, lose jobs, lose friendships, yell at our kids, or indulge in some of the “high-risk” behaviors such as food, drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, and screens. What changed for me? It has been a long list of trial and learn.
I have been to every holistic treatment provider: Rolfer, acupuncturist, palmist, reiki master, masseuse, chiropractor, psychotherapist, crystal healing mat, spectrum light therapy, and more. If reading every self-help book at the local library sounds wildly unnecessary and exhausting it’s because it was. In the end, I wasn’t willing to let go of long-standing behaviors and thoughts that stood in my way from making real change. The constant cocktails and pizza with ranch, smoking, and emotionally toxic romantic relationships were symptoms of a larger problem. The web I weaved inside my mind and body needed to be untangled to progress forward. I needed to create new neural pathways in my brain and it wasn’t going to happen by reading a book or participating in a one-off treatment. I had to take responsibility and put MY goals into ACTION with a planned outcome and with an accountability partner for real change to begin. So, that's what I did. Holistic treatment AND Coaching were the secret sauce for me.
Today I take a collaborative approach with my clients and their treatment providers (if necessary). Together we will develop solutions that will point you in the direction of long-lasting health habits so unlike me, you don’t have to slog through it by yourself. You do this with small lifestyle changes so you can live a life that is not just an absence of illness but a life that is full. I believe bridging that gap from the person we are to the person we want to be, is possible for all of us.
As a Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach, the 1:1 or group sessions I offer are effective, personalized, client-focused, client-led, and tailored to your readiness to change.
I want everyone to go back to their equivalent of eating cherry tomatoes in their underwear outside in the sunshine. An integrated life filled with purpose and happiness. I invite you to learn more about Health & Well-Being Coaching! Click below for a free 60-min session with me:
EDUCATION AND CREDENTIALS
BACHELOR OF ARTS IN SPANISH LANGUAGE
MASTER OF ARTS IN COUNSELING
HEALTH & WELLNESS COACHING CERTIFICATION
BOARD CERTIFIED HEALTH & WELLNESS COACH
FUNCTIONAL NUTRITION COUNSELOR
A FEW FUN FACTS ABOUT ME
BORN AND RAISED IN SAN DIEGO
Lived in the SF Bay Area for 18 years. I'm a California girl through and through. I like fresh produce, keeping physically active and I'm a little bit hippy. Living life naturally.
LIVED IN SPAIN
Spent a year in Granada, Spain. It changed the way I see the world. How we eat, play, how we spend our time and who we spend our time with. Also, the importance of a great pair of shoes.
DR. BESSEL VAN DER KOLK'S BOOK
The Body Keeps the Score changed how I see the treatment of physical and mental health. Lifelong learning is an important value of mine.
THE FIRST TIME I ATE WITH MY HANDS
Was with Ravi Shankar when I was 14 years old. People fascinate me and I love hearing people's stories.
The National Board for Health & Wellness Coaching (NBHWC) has collaborated with the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) since 2016 to provide a robust board certification examination.
September 2022-July 11, 2023
Functional Nutrition Counselor Certification
March 2021-May 2021
August 11-12, 2020
May 2-3, 2020
Greater Good Online Institute for Healthcare Professionals
September 3, 2018
EdX: The Foundations of Happiness at Work Course
June 24-29, 2018
Summer Institute for Educators Residential Program Participant, Greater Good Science Center, University of California, Berkeley
March 30, 2018
March 8, 2018
Hanna Institute Networking Breakfast
Topic: Adverse Childhood Experiences
Dr. Nadine Burke, M.D. Hanna Boys Center, Author of The Deepest Well
June 15, 2017
Changing How We Feel by Changing How We Think
Joseph W. Shannon, Ph.D.
March 9, 2017
The Immune System: The Mind-Body Connection, Who Gets Sick and Who Stays Well
Margaret E. Kemeny, Ph.D.
Department of Psychiatry, UCSF
March 8, 2016
Marijuana-Its Impact on the Adolescent Brain
Presented by Ralph Cantor
Community Prevention Initiative (CPI), which is funded by the California Department of
Health Care Services and administered by the Center for Applied Research Solutions
September 2015-November 2015
Wellness University (6-week) training
Sonoma Valley Hospital
June 2014-August 2014
National Association of Social Workers-California
Completed 47 Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) for the Professional Clinical Counseling Intern requirements through the CA Board of Behavioral Sciences