Saturday, June 29, 2019

Professional Summary

My best friend died of cancer when we were both 30 years old. She was cared for by Green Bay Unity Hospice. Her Hospice providers demonstrated great compassion and respect. Their gentle loving care was an inspiration for me to become a Hospice Volunteer for many years. It also inspired me to be the same kind of care provider. I remembered how this kind of compassion, respect, and professionalism feels. I believe my greatest strength is compassion and respect for all. It is a quality I grew into.

As the owner and operator of Mindfulness Center for Wellbeing, LLC. I managed daily operations; training, implementing marketing strategies, networking, program development, and managing compliance conformance while maintaining a private therapy practice.

·    Providing counsel to individuals and families
·    Trauma Specialist
·    Treatment plan development
·    Group psychotherapy facilitator

·    Mindfulness Teacher
·    Experienced public speaker
·    Superior communication skills

Work History Past 10 Years

Psychotherapist and Mindfulness Teacher, 08/2010 to 12/2017

Mindfulness Center for WellbeingNeenah, Wisconsin

·    Conducted therapeutic individual and family therapy sessions.

·    Developed and implemented treatment plans.

·    Facilitated Mindfulness Training classes.

·    Conducted Mindfulness Training workshops for local businesses.

·    Supervised Professional Counselors interns

·    Manager and owner of the center duties

Psychotherapist, 04/2009 to 07/2010

Reach Counseling Services Inc. – Neenah, Wisconsin

·    Conducted therapeutic individual and family therapy sessions.

·    Developed and implemented treatment plans.

·    Developed goal-oriented therapy groups for sexual abuse survivors.


Bachelor of Science: Social Science Teacher Education

University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh - Oshkosh, WI

Master of Science: Educational Psychology, 1984

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee - Milwaukee, WI

Educational Psychology Community Counselor Program

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Do you believe in magic?

Elder Activism

“One can’t believe impossible things.” Said Allice

I daresay you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen.

When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day.

Why, sometimes, I believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”  Lewis Carroll

Do you believe in magic? Definition of magic: “the power of apparently influencing the course of events by using mysterious or supernatural forces.” Belief is a mysterious and supernatural force, and we can use it as elder warriors to protect and lead our world out of the darkness. We face enormous environmental and social issues today.  As elders, we have experience, wisdom, resources and inner drive. Believing in ourselves as a supernatural force is key to creating a more just and thriving world for future generations.

The scientific research on purpose and social connection show us the way to greater health, joy, and fulfillment. Working together within a community supports our continued growth as we learn about social justice and how to create a sustainable environment. Joining hands with other elders for a demonstration sounds like play to me. Do you remember the health benefits of play? It is exciting to see all around me, elders waking up to their power and sharing it as elder warriors protecting what we love and cherish.

This is what the Elder Activists movement looks like:

    Three sociologists, an economist, two Rabbis and a Unitarian in the back of a paddy-wagon.

  In the police van, I rode in, all five of us women had slipped our zip-cuffs off within minutes.  We slipped them back on upon arrival to the jail so as not to cause a stir.  The police were very kind and sympathetic to our cause.  Yes, the nine hours we spent in a cold cell (some spent longer) were uncomfortable. However, as Bill McKibben stated in his speech at the big rally at the White House the following day, “…uncomfortable yes, but not the end of the world.  The end of the world is the end of the world”.—Katharine Layton’s Blog

    Over the past two weeks, the 54 protesters arrested last month in a spirited sit-in at the office building of Keystone XL pipeline were arraigned in DC Superior Court.

    Many, along with their supporters in the courtroom, had also participated in all or part of the 100-mile Walk for Our Grandchildren last month. The ERM protest came on the last day of the walk. Most of the men were arraigned last week, most of the women this week. As arranged by pro bono attorney Jeffrey Light, the protesters pleaded not guilty. The charge: unlawful entry.

    The Sierra Club recently lifted its ban on organizational participation in civil disobedience for the first time in its 120 year history to step up activism in connection with the Keystone XL Pipeline, a defining issue in the push for sensible US climate policy.

    Elders from  Conscious Elders Network participated in a "mass nonviolent action on the steps of the US Capitol to give Congress a choice: either end the corruption of big money in politics and ensure free and fair elections or arrest hundreds of people, day after day, simply for demanding an equal voice."

    Many Americans are beginning to understand how unjust our society is – and two of them, Donna and Clarence Carter retired executives, are doing something about it. The Carters have formed GATEWAY SECOND CHANCE Foundation and GateWay Boarding Academy, which invest in the lives of at-risk youth, breaking their cycle of failure and empowering them to become productive community members.

Everyday Warrior Activism

We don’t have to demonstrate or join groups to change the world. We can do things both large and small every day. The Social Baseline Theory showed how our mere presence and compassion calms and helps even a stranger manage a painful event.

    Volunteer for Hospice or nursing home to share your compassionate presence.

    Consider the people you see each day as people you can truly touch with kindness and compassion.

    Be kind to the people who serve you in stores and restaurants; tip generously.

    Listen mindfully remembering the power of attending to heal. Listen to heal.

    Be there for somebody who is grieving. So often it is easy to avoid a person who is grieving because we don’t know what to say. Our presence heals; listening is more helpful than speaking.

"When asked if I am pessimistic or optimistic about the future, my answer is always the same: If you look at the science about what is happening on earth and aren’t pessimistic, you don’t understand the data. But if you meet the people who are working to restore this earth and the lives of the poor, and you aren’t optimistic, you haven’t got a pulse. What I see everywhere in the world are ordinary people willing to confront despair, power, and incalculable odds in order to restore some semblance of grace, justice, and beauty to this world. "--Paul Hawken

Like Allice and the Queen, I believe in the impossible and magic. I believe in Elder Activists, Joanne Macy who says the Great Turning can be brought about by: “holding actions in defense of Earth, the creation of alternative institutions and shifts in consciousness.” I am excited and inspired to join the “ordinary people willing to confront despair, power, and incalculable odds.”