As an outdoor athlete or outdoor professional, you interact with the natural world with passion, engagement, vitality, and motivation. Your connection with the natural world and your sport is central to your life, community, career.
So it is devastating when this passion and connection is compromised by injury, trauma, job loss, or other major changes. Who am I if I don't send really hard? How do I serve the world if I am not working? Where do I go to heal and take stock of my situation if I live my vehicle? How do I connect to my community if I'm not outside?
As a climber for 23 years, and an outdoor professional for 16 years, I get this. I've lost a friend and one of my first climbing partners to the mountains. Despite my experience and rather conservative approach to risk management, I've been directly involved in a near-catastrophic climbing accident. I've taken breaks due to injury and I've hid in the house from lightning while my heart pounded in my throat. I've watched my relationship with nature, the outdoors, and outdoor sport transform as I've grown older, and become a mother.
I bring my own passionate connection and deep understanding of the outdoor world to my therapeutic work with outdoor athletes and professionals. Using EMDR and mindfulness-based approaches, I help outdoor athletes work through:
I work with rock and ice climbers, skiers, mountaineers, boaters, trail runners, backpackers, world travelers, and other adventurers of all levels from beginners to elite athletes and professional guides and instructors from NOLS, Outward Bound, wilderness therapy programs like Open Sky Wilderness, and more. This work is in my blood and you are my people. I'm honored to serve you.
Please also check out the Climbing Grief Fund for resources and the beautiful film by Henna Taylor, A Thousand Ways to Kiss the Ground.