I was trained as a Naturopathic Physician and practitioner of Classical Chinese Medicine. I've worked in Hospitals and elite boutique wellness centres in New York and Washington, DC. I have a degree in Philosophy and the History of Math and Science. I've always excelled in Chemistry and Biochemistry and I've taught Human Physiology in a Master's Program. I find the sciences unendingly beautiful.
However, after 14 years of private practice and rigorous study of the rules of the body and the natural world, I have, instead, found my home in the importance of the soul.
While I've been skilled enough to help people with serious illnesses regain health using natural scientific methods, over the years, I noticed, that, in some patients, a pain or longing of the soul would trump the most carefully crafted exercise, diet, and supplement regimen, every time.
No matter how much better they got physically, we would always come up against this barrier that seemed to prevent further movement. It was as though healing went against the nature of their person, against some struggle that seemed to define them. These were the clients that I very much wanted to help.
When I started Focusing with my clients, I found a tool that could consistently and gently reach a person's suffering and transform it. Through this particular method of talk, I could help them access not only known problems such as moments of shame or guilt, loss of a loved one, or thwarted ambitions, but also those unnamable problems, the vague, undefined sadnesses or frustrations, perhaps with pre-verbal origins.
When I guided patients in Focusing sessions, transformations happened before my eyes. Even in the course of one session, my patients were clearly less stuck. Energy that had been trapped in a negative loop was suddenly liberated to use in better ways. A manuscript could suddenly be written, an exercise regimen was suddenly easy to keep. Old habits were let go. Even long standing physical pains and inflammations would instantly disappear!
I started focusing as a personal path in 1999. I was taught by a Buddhist woman who decided that she would teach me as part of her service to humanity, as required by her religion. My certification to work with others was earned in Italy, from the talented master trainer, Luisa Toriggia.
When I guide focusing sessions, I feel that I'm working with patients on the deepest level that I can access, the essence of their difficulties, and I find it to be incredibly fulfilling work. I bring my medical background to my Focusing sessions. I find that my knowledge of the body allows me to get profound results.