My interest in Body-Centered Therapies was born from my own experiences with therapy, which began more than 25 years ago. I was living as an ex-pat with my husband in Brazil when, after a life trauma, my doctor directed me to psychotherapy.
I stayed with that process for about four years before developing a strong desire for more connection to my body. I wanted to learn how to express my feelings in a deeper way, so I could stop holding myself back in life. The discoveries I made during my own, dedicated journey over all those years is what led me to want to help others and to my training in TRE®.
I am a Certified Provider of TRE® (tension/trauma release exercises), my current specialty and passion. I’ve completed Introductory and Advanced Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) workshops with Steven Hayes and an ACT and Trauma course with Russ Harris. ACT helps us to focus on living rich, full and meaningful lives. My past experiences include practicing as a licensed Massage Therapist, training in Core Energetics and holding a 4-year Certification in Bioenergetics. I am also a fully-licensed, professional counselor in the state of Georgia. Prior to completing my Master of Art degree in Community Counseling at Argosy University in 2010, I received a Master’s in Social Sciences from Leuven University, Belgium, in 1988.
I am a native of Belgium. Having relocated to multiple countries, including to Brazil and the US, I consider myself an “expert” in being an ex-pat. I speak English, Dutch, Portuguese, and some French and German. I have been on my own conscious life journey for over 20 years and have addressed cross-cultural changes, professional development, and family dynamics relating to marriage, pregnancy, and parenting.
But that’s not all… I have two dogs I adore – Xuxa (Golden doodle) and Luigi (Labradoodle) . They have taught me that TRE® crosses species – they also “shake it off” when stressed. I love color and I have a serious collection of eyeglasses. I don’t like rules. Or pressure. My preferred method of travel is with the flow. I love chocolate. Especially the good stuff from my home country of Belgium. I discovered years ago that chocolate is a universal icebreaker. I always have chocolate with me. And, I always share my chocolate. Just ask.
PROUD MEMBER OF:
- LPCA of GA (Licensed Professional Counselor Association of GA)
- NBCC (National Board for Certified Counselors)
- USABP (United States Association for Body Psychotherapy)
- TRE (Tension/Trauma release exercises) For All
- FSBA (Florida Society for Bioenergetic Analysis)
- NARM (Neuro Affective Relational Model) training Institute
- NICABM (National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine)
- Psychology Today