I received an MA in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute, where I studied Marriage and Family Therapy oriented in Jungian and depth psychology. A second MA in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley gives me an embodied knowledge of the archetypes and symbols that arise in dreams.
I have a deep interest in ancestry and identity, and how family patterns and narratives are passed down from generation to generation. As an oral historian, I have interviewed many Holocaust survivors, their children, and their grandchildren, and have learned again and again how trauma extends through the generations. I have also seen how telling one’s story in the presence of a loving witness can be a powerful part of healing.
In addition to my master’s degrees, I received smicha, or ordination, from the Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute, an organization dedicated to Earth-based spirituality and to reviving Judaism through the gifts of women spiritual leaders.
My work is also deeply informed by own journey through ancestral healing. The grandchild of Holocaust survivors, I experienced debilitating depression throughout my life until—through Jungian analysis, somatic healing modalities, creative writing, nature connection, spiritual practice, and meditation—I was able to move through the layers of grief into a new place of embodiment and wholeness that allows me to be of service to others.