Spirituality and psychology are two subjects that captured my attention from an early age. To this day, I continue practicing, providing consultations, and teaching cross-cultural psycho-spiritual subjects that are important ancient disciplines for our modern world.
While I explored meditation and yoga during the 1970s, my practical focus was on college and career. There was a moment during my undergraduate studies when I said to myself, "This is what I want to learn – I’m going to study psychology!" Once I made this decision, I thought it best to also gain experience in the field. While enrolled in a Masters’ degree program in psychology, I worked at a private psychiatric hospital for two years. In 1975, I became a licensed psychotherapist. My interest in psychology continued, and I earned a Ph.D. in 1981. Early on, I worked in clinics and at colleges, and then maintained a private practice. I retired my counseling practice in 2014.
During the 1980s, I became more involved in spiritual disciplines, and began integrating meditation into my understanding of psychology, psychotherapy, and personal wellness. In the late ‘80s, I began traveling to India, something I continue doing to this day. While in India, I live at Amritapuri, the south Indian ashram of Ammachi, who is also known as the “hugging saint”.
Years ago at Amritapuri, I encountered different Vedic healing disciplines, and I embarked upon a deeper integration of body-mind, psycho-spiritual healing. In 1994, I had a Vedic Astrology consultation. This experience triggered an ongoing exploration and practice of this discipline. In 2003, it was my good fortune to meet Hart deFouw, world-renouned Vedic Astrology practitioner and teacher. At that time, I began 8 years of education and training under his tutelage. Also, in 2005, I attained certification as an instructor and tutor by the American College of Vedic Astrology.
As I learned and practiced different forms of meditation, I felt, and feel most at home with the Vedic tradition that emphasizes an integration of body-heart-mind through karma, bhakti, jñana and guru yoga. I also explored compassionate-mindfulness practices, and understood they comprise an essential part of body-heart-mind healing.
Beginning in 2009, I started training in MBSR, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. During 2010 and 2011, I participated in the professional trainings taught by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, and his teaching colleagues at the Center for Mindfulness, University of Massachusetts. Since completing this training, I have led MBSR and other Compassionate-Mindfulness workshops.
I am currently providing Vedic Astrology consultations, as well as teaching Compassionate-Mindfulness for Wellness skills to individuals and groups.