In 1991, I imagined and wrote my way out of a bout with depression, using the archetypal story plot known popularly as the hero's journey as a road map through that difficult emotional terrain.
Since 1996, I have helped many hundreds of other people and many organizations in Washington, DC and
New York City use this same story paradigm to find their way out of their own crisis to a happier and more purposeful way of being. My clients have included adults coping with chronic stress, depression and anxiety, a yearning for change, the impact of childhood abuse, life-threatening illness, grief, job/life transition, and the individual and collective trauma of man-made or natural disaster.
In the wake of 9/11/2001, I founded Arts for Life, a non-profit organization that
sent trained teams of
storytellers, visual artists, dancers, actors, musicians, and expressive
therapists into public
venues to facilitate healing programs. In 2004, Arts for
Life was named one of Washington, DC's outstanding emerging non-profits
by the Agnes and Eugene Meyer Foundation. Arts for Life is now dissolved.
I have won numerous grants for my innovative story programs, and in 2004-2005 held a post-doctoral
research fellowship at the Library of Congress. In 2007, I co-won the National Storytelling
Brimstone Award for a program to address the needs of New York City
firefighters continuing to suffer PTSD as a result of 9/11.
I also serve as a workplace stress consultant and facilitator of healing story programs for community disaster recovery.
I have B.A. in Comparative Literature from Northwestern, an M.A. in Comp. Lit. from Washington University, and a Ph.D. in Expressive Arts Therapy and Transformational Education from the University of Hawaii
International University for Professional Studies.
I'm a board member of War Writers Campaign, a veterans' organization that publicizes the needs of returning combat vets and advocates for their psycho-social needs through the writing of their own stories, and a member of the Institute for Traumatic Stress.
I am currently at work on a book that has grown out of my practice, A Write of Passage, to be published in 2017 by Wisdom Moon Publishing.
Mon/Tues/Fri - 2-7 p.m.
Phone and Skype appointments can be arranged privately.