I'm a late bloomer in many ways. On the brink of 50 I'm starting a new adventure in the form of a private psychotherapy practice as an LMFT (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist), after working as a clinician in a county mental health agency for the last five years. Looking back I can see that I've been moving in this direction all of my life, searching for a way to combine my creative impulses with a desire to help others. As a therapist, my goal is to incorporate the use of expressive arts into therapy, focusing particularly on grief and loss, life transitions, women's issues, and creativity. As a cancer survivor, I'm also interested in working with people who are faced with life-threatening illness and/or grappling with existential issues.
At 40, I married my second--and final!--husband, one of the funniest, smartest, and goofiest men I've ever known. He has filled my life with music, humor, unabashed honesty, and an amazing capacity for silly dancing. His own talents as a photographer, writer, and singer-songwriter have inspired and challenged me not to give up on my creative goals. . . . I love bright colors, home-grown flowers, Mark Knopfler, and Neil Young more than I can express in mere words. Lately, for reasons I can't explain I find myself obsessed with Ralph Fiennes, though I suspect he's more than a bit of a cad. I think Ian McKellan and Cate Blanchett are stunningly cool people and thespians. Oh, and let's not forget Alan Rickman for that incredible voice and elegantly curved upper lip. Gutsy people of all stripes inspire and thrill me, and I'm in awe of many of the writers here at Divine Caroline.
Lately I'm discovering that by quieting my internal/seemingly eternal neurotic chatter, and learning to listen to and follow my soul's instruction, my life is flowering in ways I'd not thought possible. Cheers to THAT.