With more than 30 years of Traditional Spiritual apprenticing, Western education and professional training, I have learned what healers have known for thousands of years - trauma resides in the body and affects one's emotional, physical and spiritual well-being. That means it is important for you to be a part of your own personal healing, to feel in control, and to have spiritual assistance when needed.
I am of two cultures, and I have sought knowledge and training from both, first to heal myself and then to safely assist in the healing of others. My Plains Cree culture has taught me humility, physical and spiritual sacrifice, and community. I am a member of the Sturgeon Lake First Nation in Saskatchewan. I am a somatic trauma therapist, as well as a three-year graduate from the Foundation for Shamanic Studies. I did my first Traditional Cree fast when I was nineteen and as a young mother, started Sun Dancing at age twenty-five. I continue both traditions to this day, along with my grown children.
My Euro-Canadian heritage has led me towards scholarship to research healing methods from around the world, Western psychology and working with the body in a therapy setting to alleviate trauma that affects people at various times of their life. My training with the Canadian Foundation for Trauma Research and Education taught me invaluable tools to help people who are suffering from loss, physical trauma, addictions or emotional trauma. Working with in a gentle therapeutic setting, with the individual deciding the speed of their own healing is empowering to them.
I have a Ph.D. in East-West Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies, and a Master’s degree in Religious Studies from the University of Alberta. I am an Assistant Professor of Indigenous Studies at the First Nations University of Canada.