“This is my simple religion. No need for temples. No need for complicated philosphy. Your own mind, your own heart is the temple. Your philosophy is simple kindness” – Dalai Lama
My life has been inspired by experience, both my own and by the lives of others. I have been facilitating transformational experiences for individuals and groups for fourteen years. I have dedicated myself as both the creator and director of two distinct clinical mindfulness based adventure therapy programs while maintaining a private massage practice.
My extensive professional background working with mind –body based therapeutic techniques led me into full time private practice in 2015. Specializing in body oriented health and healing within a clinical setting, I contract with two highly regarded holistic treatment centers in Asheville, CooperRiis and Willow Place. I integrate a dynamic blend of bodywork treatments and work from a Somatic Experiencing® approach. I am currently pursuing certification as a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner®.
I source my joy from spending time alone, with my partner, family and friends. I love to write, cook, SUP, mountain bike, paint, canoe, practice yoga and walk in the woods. Travel continues to inspire and infuse my life with beauty.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
May 2002- 2006, BA Environmental Studies
CERTIFICATIONS/ CONTINUEING EDUCATION
March 2014 – 2017: Somatic Experiencing
October 2011 – 2017: Licensed Massage Therapist
May 15, 2010: Certified Yoga Instructor
January 2011: Certified Heart Math Coach
April, 2016: Eat Breath Thrive Yoga Therapist
January 2011 – Present
Tulita, Asheville, NC : Contracts with Willow Place and Cooperriis
Title: Owner. Drawing on a decade of experience in the field of mental health and addiction, I offer complementary and alternative therapy treatments; massage therapy, Certified Eat Breath Thrive Yoga, Somatic Experiencing, Adventure/Nature therapy.
April 2013 – June 2015
Solstice East, Asheville, NC
Title: Adventure Therapy Director. Developed and implemented adventure therapy program within a clinical inpatient program for teenage girls: planned, facilitated and managed staff for weekly full day programming, conducted experiential group therapy, led 3-4 camping trips per year, planned and facilitated family therapy, managed/taught yoga therapy program, facilitated mindfulness and solo retreats, supervised mindfulness and garden programs, created and led yearly international trips
April 2011 – January 2013
Next Step Recovery for Women (NSR), Asheville NC
Title: Recreation/Yoga Therapist. NSR is a transitional living facility for women recovery. Creator and director of the Adventure/Recreation program: taught 2 meditation and yoga classes per week, planning weekly activities serving to empower and inspire clients, individual case management sessions to set and achieve their recovery goals.
2010 India, Alaska
National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS)
Title: Instructor: teaching curriculum and guiding multi-week expeditions.
August 2010 – April 2011
Four Circles Recovery Center (FCRC), Asheville, NC
Title: Lead Guide. FCRC is a holistic inpatient treatment center for clients ages 18-28 struggling with severe addiction and mental health issues. I instructed yoga and meditation, guided multi-day wilderness trips, facilitated group and individual therapy sessions.
June 2007-January 2008, February 2009 – January 2010
Catherine Freer Wilderness Therapy Expeditions, OR, CA
Title: Lead guide. Responsible for the planning and leading three-week therapeutic expeditions for adolescents: managed staff dynamics, maintained the health and safety of clients, taught wilderness skills, group and individual sessions, taught psychological education groups, created individualized treatment plans, facilitated four day solo experiences, wrote daily progress notes and clinical discharge summaries.
Summer of 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008
Darrow Wilderness Tripping Camp, Grand Lake Stream, ME
Title: Trip Leader. Responsibilities: planning and executing two, four and six week whitewater canoe expeditions. Maine, Canada.
2005:Senegal 2006, 2007:Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar 2008:Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, 2001, 2014:Guatemala 2007, 2010, 2015:India 2008, 2013, 2014, 2015:Mexico 2015:Columbia 2016: Costa Rica, Chile