I have always felt a strong resonance with the natural world. Born restless and seeking adventure, I've pushed boundaries and walked the edges in my desire to grow and transform. Although I was named for trees, trusting my roots and allowing stability have been among my greatest challenges.
My parents both came from families in which expressing emotion or talking about feelings was not a part of family life. As a child I was extremely sensitive and emotional and because I felt so much, I came to believe that there must be something deeply wrong with me. This mistaken belief lead me down a dark path of rebellion that would last through my teenage years.
I went on to spend my twenties travelling the world, all the while running from a gnawing pain within me that I could not silence. I became addicted to alcohol and used food and relationships to numb my pain and anxiety and quiet my mind. Then, just days before my thirtieth birthday, I was given a loud wake up call from Spirit. Recognizing that I could no longer manage my life, I chose to listen.
With the help of AA, supportive family and friends, amazing counsellors, and the spiritual text 'A Course In Miracles', I overcame my addictions and forged a new path. I became willing to go to the root of my difficulties and was gradually able to build a new and loving relationship with myself, with life, and with those around me.
When I decided to become a counsellor and began my studies in 2006, I knew I had found my calling. Having myself journeyed through many difficult initiations, I became fascinated by the resilience of the human spirit and passionate about the courageous transformations I had personally experienced and witnessed in others. I longed to serve, to connect, to let others know they weren't alone.
"I love my work. I consider it an incredible honour to support others through their struggles and witness their growth and healing."
While the challenges I have faced have by no means been easy, I see that they have shaped the person I have become and allowed me to be a passionate and empathetic counsellor. Every difficulty I've come through has expanded my consciousness. Each threshold I've crossed has given me tools that help me live and work with greater peace, compassion, wisdom and understanding. And, I'm still learning, growing and transforming. I wouldn't want it any other way!
I consider it an incredible honour to support others through their struggles and witness their healing and growth. When I'm not in session I am often outside hiking, bicycling, or playing barefoot in my veggie garden. I also enjoy many different creative pursuits including collage, painting and photography.