My Experiences in Service Work

I have always been drawn to working with people. I became first a clinical social worker and then an ordained interfaith minister in my early to mid twenties. My work in the 20+ years since I started has primarily been focused on individual psychotherapy, groups, retreats, ceremonies, and classes. However in the early years, I also did a lot of work in nonprofits, healthcare organizations, and schools. My experience includes counseling individuals, couples, families, teens, and children; teaching therapeutic art and dance in the psychiatric units of a hospital; teaching sexual abuse prevention curriculum in schools; answering calls on a rape crisis hotline; counseling women and children in a domestic violence shelter; teaching creative arts, mindfulness, and ethics to teens; teaching counseling skills to graduate students of Traditional Chinese Medicine, facilitating meditation and wellness groups for adults; officiating weddings, funerals, and other rite of passage ceremonies; training therapists and other helping professionals; and serving as a hospice chaplain/spiritual care counselor for dying people and their loved ones. I am also the mother of three children, currently in their pre-teen and teen years.

I know both the fulfillment and the emotional drain service can involve. It is work of the heart, and it requires healthy boundaries and continual re-sourcing. Over and over again, those of us in service professions have to find ways to release energies we may have picked up from others and replenish our own spirits. There are real pressures in the systems of healthcare, education, and social service, not to mention the never-ending learning curve of motherhood. The care of the caregiver work I do now is created in honor of all the dedicated, heartfelt individuals I have known over the years. My aim is to bring us back to center, unblock the flow of giving and receiving, and bring passion, authenticity, and freedom to our lives and to all the lives we touch. Thank you for joining me here.