If I compare myself to a large, round apple...I [am] the firm inner flesh as well as the brown rotten spot, the stem, the seeds, the core. All of the apple is me.
I am originally from New Hampshire and graduated in 1997 from Middlebury College in Vermont, with a B.A. in sociology-anthropology and studio art. After graduation I left New England for Portland, Oregon. While there, I worked as the head of administration at the Process Work Institute for ten years and in 2004 I formally entered their training program, graduating in 2009 with both a Master of Arts in Process Work and a Diploma, awarding me the title of Certified Process Work Diplomate. I am now an adjunct faculty member at the Process Work Institute and a member of IAPOP (International Association of Process Oriented Psychology).
In 2009, my partner David Bedrick (also a Process Work Diplomate) and I moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico where we each have private practices. In 2012, we launched Belly Song Press, a small independent publisher of nonfiction books on alternative paradigms in psychology, social justice, leadership, and critical thought. We’ve proudly published eight titles so far: Talking Back to Dr. Phil: Alternatives to Mainstream Psychology (David Bedrick, 2013), Raising Parents, Raising Kids: Hands-on Wisdom for the Next Generation (Dawn Menken, 2013), Power: A User's Guide (Julie Diamond, 2016), Revisioning Activism: Bringing Depth, Dialogue, and Diversity to Individual and Social Change (David Bedrick, 2017), Dr. George Mecouch's first book titled While Psychiatry Slept: Reawakening the Imagination in Therapy (2018), a second edition of a seminal process work text A Path Made by Walking: Process Work in Practice (Julie Diamond & Lee Spark Jones, 2018), Big Medicine: Transforming Your Relationship with Your Body, Health, and Community (Pierre Morin, 2019), and Jan Dworkin's first book Make Love Better: How to Own Your Story, Connect with Your Partner, and Deepen Your Relationship Practice (2019).
In addition to my life-long love of learning and personal growth, I am passionate about the arts. I have been a fine art photographer, weaver, and painter. When I'm not busy working or creating, you'll find me writing, reading, running, walking and talking with my partner, quietly day-dreaming, and cooking Ayurvedic food.
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator: INFJ (Advocate)
Enneagram Type: 1w2 (The Reformer wing The Helper)
Four Tendencies: Obliger
Five Love Languages: Words of Affirmation, Physical Touch
The Big Five Personality Test: O 87.5%, C 90%, E 48%, A 65%, N 67%
Want to get to know me more? Here's a 14 min. video I made to introduce you to me on a more personal level. Enjoy!