I am happy to give you all the résumé-type details about my education and work experience. What’s more significant, however, are the turning points in my life journey.
Education, training and work experience
My training as a therapist included study of Adlerian Psychology. In 1993 I received my master’s degree in psychology and counseling from Adler Graduate School in Minneapolis.
My education continued with a certification in spiritual psychology from the Psychosynthesis Institute of Minnesota in 1997.
I spent years (1996–2007) in private practice as a therapist in Saint Louis Park, Minnesota. I also worked at Crisis Connection Center, fielding calls and supervising interns. And for two years I was a volunteer counselor at Pillsbury House Integrative Health Clinic.
I have volunteered at Pathways, a healing center in Minneapolis, for five years, offering compassionate listening and facilitating several groups.
Choosing a new direction
Eventually I chose to take a different approach. I wanted to expand my work to include more focus on mindfulness, spirituality, appreciation of nature, and gratitude.
So, I trained as a a spiritual director through the two-year program at WomenWell in Saint Paul, Minnesota. (This training is now offered by St. Catherine University.)
My fascination with the Enneagram led me to certification from the Minnesota Chapter of the International Enneagram Association, including coaching with the Enneagram.
Death awareness is a key part of my spiritual practice. I am certified in levels 1 to 4 of the Sacred Art of Living and Dying. At Augustana Care Center in Minneapolis I volunteered with the ministerial staff in hospice care. I am currently volunteering in hospice care through Allina Health.
All of these experiences culminated in my work as a spiritual director, which I have been doing since 2013. I tend to my own growth with ongoing education, confidential supervision, and regular meetings with my own spiritual director.
I am a member of Spiritual Directors International and Minnesota Women in Psychology. And I served the Minnesota Chapter of the International Enneagram Association in board positions as treasurer and secretary for three years.
On a more personal level
One of my joys is to bringing people together for meditation, yoga, and other spiritual practices.
As a lifelong resident of Minnesota, I feel great appreciation for the beauty that surrounds us. I enjoy outdoor sports, including tennis, kayaking, sailing, walking, and hiking. I also practice yoga and do strength training.
I love to reflect on life through reading. Mystery books are a favorite, as is poetry.
Life has blessed me with three wonderful sons who are engaging fathers and husbands. My four young grandchildren constantly mentor me on being present and grateful.
I live in Minneapolis with my husband, Paul. He is retired, and I am grateful to have him in my life.
I enjoy Gratefulness.org, which sends a quote every day. One of my favorites is:
When you listen generously to people they can hear the truth in themselves, often for the first time. — RACHEL NAOMI RUMEN
I love the idea of listening generously to another person because it’s not about gaining money, material belongings, or anything else.
The following quote just makes me happy and grateful:
To be alive in this beautiful, self-organizing universe — to participate in the dance of life with senses to perceive it, lungs that breathe it, organs that draw nourishment from it — is a wonder beyond words. — JOANNA MACY
I also treasure this reminder to give of yourself generously without reckless abandon:
Love wholeheartedly, be surprised, give thanks and praise — then you will discover the fullness of your life — BROTHER DAVID STEINDL-RAST
In addition, I am inspired by the Tao te Ching, which has been skillfully translated by Stephen Mitchell, Derek Lin, and Jonathan Star.
Another book that inspires me is Faith by Sharon Salzberg. And I heartily recommend any book by Brother David Steindl-Rast, Rachel Naomi Rumen, and Parker Palmer.
To learn more about the promise and possibilities of spiritual direction, call me at 612–210–4625. I welcome your contact.