A native Vermonter, I have had a range of life, work, and learning experiences that have formed my interests. My love of the natural world, a desire to assist people, and a passion for painting the beauty and patterns of Vermont landscapes constitute the foundations of my career interests.
Along with growing up on a dairy farm, I have lived in Germany, Scotland, and New York City. These life experiences have expanded my understanding and appreciation of different cultures and lifestyles.
In my work, I have focused on two areas, assisting people, and creating visual art. Since I was a child, I have been interested in the causes of personal or group behavior and what can facilitate change and growth. I have worked as a therapist and art therapist for 25 years in a variety of settings including an inpatient psychiatry unit, a day treatment program, and private practice. I began as an art therapist, became a mental health counselor, and also a pattern analyst. I have also engaged my artistic side designing woven textiles, and painting and selling landscape and figurative works of art. In addition, I have taught college level classes in art therapy and psychology. I have also worked with a colleague managing large group change processes.
I am now an integrative life coach and consultant helping people, teams, and organizations to move forward and achieve the change they need or want.
A life-long learner, I have two masters’ degrees, one in art therapy and one in human development, and a Ph.D. in human and organization development. I have also completed two certificate programs, one on the history, practice, and theology of Christianity, and one on pattern recognition and analysis of individual and group dynamics. I am a graduate of the Vermont Leadership Institute.
I believe my ability to listen, see patterns, clearly state aspects of dynamic situations, and collaborate to find positive choices is a unique and useful set of skills.
Living in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, I enjoy all kinds of cultural activities, hiking, biking, skiing, foraging, cooking, great dinners, and lively conversations.