I am an autism writer, researcher, and educator. I am a graduate student in the Individualized Master's Program at Goddard College where I am writing my thesis on Embodying Autism. In 2024, I will begin my Ph.D. in Somatic Psychology through the California Institute of Integral Studies. I am a Certified Level 3 Internal Family Systems Practitioner and assist in trainings with PESI and the IFS Institute. I am trained in Deb Dana's Rhythm of Regulation which uses Polyvagal Theory to explore how our nervous system impacts our daily life. Over the last 15 years, I have worked with clients who are recovering from illness and surgery, victims of sexual trauma and domestic abuse, and many who want to deepen their connections with themselves or the people around them. I work with all neurologies but particularly enjoy with my fellow autistics.
In 2018, my daughter was diagnosed with autism. During her diagnostic process, it was suggested that I might also be on the spectrum, a suggestion I held quietly while I learned everything I could. An inherently genetic condition, my diagnosis of autism eventually made sense and helped explain the quirks and differences in me that had been present for as long as I can remember - difficulties connecting in large groups, being hyperlexic (reading at a very young age) while struggling to tell left from right, and a proclivity to live entirely in the present. Receiving a diagnosis as an adult has been a journey through shame and trepidation to a place of acceptance and gratitude for a clear understanding of what makes me who I am.