What luck! I'm so grateful you found your way here.

I see a need for people to be welcomed, seen and heard as they make sense of their worlds.  As you meet the every day challenges of human living, you need a experienced guide. Especially in these distressed times; we need training on how to stay steady. Then, we hope, you move forward, with clear seeing.  This sort of attentive presence is both simple and rare, and it’s my intention to offer that to you in our work together.

Online offerings, just like live 1:1 sessions blend a cutting edge understanding of the mind with body-centered tools. I also offer life path advising and depth coaching.  Download your mini check-in meditation for a short self-reflection and grounding to get a feel for this holistic and integrative approach.  All you need is 2 minutes to pause and I’ll guide through a check-in. 

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Groups and classes meet online regularly.  Individual sessions are via video or in my home office.  Before booking a 1:1 session, let’s talk!  Please call.

 

“Mia gives me hope and I feel much more is possible.”

“Just BEING with Mia is healing.”

Frequently Asked Questions

My clients tend to be people who are looking for more meaning, improved relationships and a greater sense of well being.

People often want to pay attention to something this is not working well, and may call that depression, anxiety, stress, relationship issues, unresolved history or family of origin issues, trauma, spirituality, their personal style of being in the world including: children of alcoholics/addictions, and or divorce, sensitivity and coping strategies.

The work I offer is not a match for people with acute and ongoing mental health challenges or active addiction to substances.

Once I heard a seeker friend say, “therapy or coaching is an admittance of health.” I welcome people who wish to learn more about themselves and how they relate to the world, their relationships and their own self.

When used well, coaching, psychotherapy and/or counseling can be of great benefit to individuals, and those with whom they interact.  In our work together we’ll focus on helping you develop care and compassion for yourself first, and then others so that your future has more enjoyment; less strain.

Note: There are not wide-spread standardized regulations for calling oneself a coach, counselor, therapist or psychotherapist.  This page will give some more definitions, if you are curious.

Absolutely not. People of any and all traditions are welcome. Buddhism is most akin to western psychology rather than any religious affiliation. It offers tools that may be useful, though not at all religious. For more than 2500 years Buddhism has been studying how the mind works, so it is a great complement to more traditional approaches.

Every session is different, yet there are themes based on the way I work with others. We will work in a client-centered way making use of the following methods for guiding you to increased understanding of yourself and your relationships: gestalt, Hakomi, cognitive and behavioral techniques, relaxation, Buddhist mindfulness meditation, body awareness, family and system relations, art, and movement. In other words, we will explore what you choose to in a respectful and kind manner. Periodically we will review your goals to be sure you are getting what you need.

Interview people. Ask questions. Feel the person out. I might ask: What’s your approach? How do you view clients? If they call you a patient that’s a tip that they probably have a medical model which may be more pathologically based. Do you have a Buddhist mindfulness meditation practice?

Their personhood (who they are, how they approach life, their own commitment to learning and growth etc…) does effect the client, so keep that in mind. Coaches generally have more authorization to share some of their own life lessons and learnings with folks.  In the last several years, it’s one of the reasons I’ve put my emphasis there.  You could ask questions about this, if it seems important to you. 

Think about what’s worked well for you with previous caregivers. Ask questions that help you discern if s/he has the same qualities. Likewise, with the parts you did not like.

When I have space to work 1:1 with new folks, I offer to talk with people who are considering me as a guide.  We can talk on the phone to address your questions and whatever else you wish to ask without charge. 

Also, I suggest you take one of my online, in your own pace classes.  It will give you a sense if my style and approach are a fit for you.  This is especially suggested if you want to be on a list for openings to work together 1:1.

Naropa University and The Hakomi Institute both list practitioners that have training similar to mine.

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