I am a graduate level university certified dream specialist, having earned my academic qualifications at John F. Kennedy University in Pleasant Hill, California, and workshop leadership skills via my mentorship by dream expert Robert Moss, and his School of Active Dreaming. I’m not a psychologist, but believe strongly in the great value of psychotherapy. My dreamwork is not a replacement for the work of a skilled licensed therapist when working with deeper challenges; it is an adjunct inquiry. My work is therapeutic, and intuitive, and is also grounded in practical wisdom.
What makes my work different? I’m interested in how we find more hope in our lives, specifically through dreams of all kinds. I teach about the power of dreams and the imagination to create personal shifts, and I work as a facilitator for deep insight and healing. We are born dreamers and I help people learn how to use their dreams to improve their lives. I teach people how to literally become better dreamers, by drawing on my extensive academic background in dreams and my equally effective training as a teacher. Everyone can find powerful gifts of insight in dreamwork. And sometimes one dream can change your life.
I have earned an undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of California at Berkeley, and an MA in Consciousness Studies from John F. Kennedy University. I know much about various fields of psychology and of how people grow psychologically and spiritually. However, what I teach is unique and effective, and beyond an exclusively psychological view of dreaming. Sometimes individuals just need one session to transform something important in their life. Other times people heal and become inspired by learning how to develop a practice of actively working with their dreams over time.
My work includes spiritual counseling, helping clients understand their soul story through their dreams, often finding answers to great existential questions of why we are here living the lives we do, and finding hope we didn’t know lay just under the surface of our waking lives. I’m fascinated by the power of myth to inform our lives, and the ways our personal life story unfolds with a mythological flare.
I’ve found my work to be very effective to help people who have recurring nightmares find relief by helping them understand and resolve what is causing the dream series and by teaching them how to reprogram the dream to have a more satisfactory outcome. I specialize in transformation through private sessions, dream groups, and workshops.
I teach adults and children, and help parents learn how to help their children when they have scary dreams. I earned a K-12 multiple subject teaching credential from San Francisco State University, and taught in inner-city San Francisco schools in the early 1990's. I have a special affinity for teaching children. To be a skilled dreamer means we are in touch with the child within us.
I am an adjunct university professor teaching graduate level courses on dreams, the imagination, and synchronicity at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco.
I've travelled to Bali, Indonesia, annually since 2009, where I spent a year living and teaching about dreams. When visiting Bali, I independently research Balinese dreams and cosmology, and until the fall of 2014 I was mentored by I Gusti Made Pujana, a beloved Balinese traditional healer, or Balian, who sadly passed from this world at that time. So many blessings to him.
I’m certified as an ordained minister and find great joy in facilitating deeply meaningful wedding ceremonies, customized for my clients. The power of ritual and ceremony is real, and by engaging in meaningful ways with life transitions we can fuel our lives tremendously.
And, I continue to work as a professional gemologist. I work in great detail, whether it’s assessing a gem or a dream. After over thirty-one years in the field, once a gemologist, always a gemologist. I’ve become fascinated by the appearance of gems in dreams. I’ve seen the way a person’s psyche and physiology can be affected in positive ways by the right gemstone or talisman. What a remarkable symbol for transformation a gem can be.
In my spare time, I’ve trained my wildly funny cat, Bowie, to do tricks like a dog, and enjoy seeing him splash around in the bathtub in a very uncatlike manner. I love adventures in the outdoors, and occasionally I pick up my LED hula hoop and take it for a spin. Life is truly an adventure and I intend to have one every day.
Finally, I know dreams can change your life and help you heal huge things. I’m living proof of that. I’ve penned chapters with a taste of how dreams have changed my life in two anthologies: Rebearths: Conversations With a World Ensouled, edited by Craig Chalquist, PhD, and the new Chicken Soup for the Soul: Dreams and Premonitions, edited by Amy Newmark and Kelly Sullivan Walden.
I know from first-hand experience your dreams can make all the difference.