Both personally and professionally, I began emphasizing healing with intention, education through action and envisioning post-traumatic growth. The A2Z approach is full of positive and practical tools and resources that have been studied, researched, recommended by professionals, and tested by thousands of peers, mentors, and colleagues. Integrating these tools into my new life has been part of my own active healing process, and it can be part of yours too.
I wanted to share the A2Z approach beyond my workshops, so I wrote my first book, A to Z Healing Toolbox: A Practical Guide for Navigating Grief & Trauma with Intention, which was published in 2018. This book is the recipient of five prestigious publishing awards- 2018 IPPY Bronze Award in Psychology and Mental Health; 2018 INDIE Finalist Award in Health & Wellness; 2018 American Book Fest Finalist Best Book Award in Health, Psychology & Mental Health; 2019 Benjamin Franklin Gold Medal in Psychology; 2019 Living Now Gold Medal Winner in Grieving/Death & Dying.
In addition to leading A2Z Healing Toolbox® group workshops, individual healing sessions and professional development trainings, I stay active in the larger grief healing community. I serve as the Programs and Education Manager for the Soaring Spirits International widowed community, work with Gold Star surviving spouses through The Sugar Bear Foundation and provide psycho-educational classes and curriculum for families of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. Through these non-profit organizations, I continue to provide grief and trauma education to both individuals and community organizations, develop nationwide peer mentoring programs for the young widowed community, and coordinate social-emotional programs for families living with grief and trauma.
I live in San Diego with my son, therapy dog, and an inspirational community of peers, mentors, and supporters. Exercise and nature have been key parts of my healing journey. When I’m not working, you’ll find me hiking, kayaking, paddle-boarding or running with my dog on the beach.
Sending you hope and healing,
Founder, A2Z Healing Toolbox®