MASTERS OF THEOLOGY IN PASTORAL CARE AND COUNSELING
Expressive Arts Facilitator
This life of mine has been quite a ride. By today's standards, I was pretty young when I got married and had children. I devoted my energies to raising them, so I chose to delay higher education until they were on their own. At the age of 49, I started down an educational path that has consumed a great deal of my time ever since!
While pursuing an undergraduate degree, I discovered the incredible world of the expressive arts. It seemed to integrate all that I loved deeply: art, music, dance, writing, theatre, combined with acting as a resource for those who are struggling in life. What a treasure!
Ultimately, knowing that God is the author of all that is good, I felt the need to get a master's degree in pastoral counseling. The love that I have for helping and supporting others, combined with a strong belief that every human has the capacity for creative expression, has led me to where I am today.
All of these elements are essential to the work that I do. You see, I believe that we all have a unique path, and if we pay attention, we can discover the path that brings us back to our true self, the person that God created us to be.
This exciting journey ultimately becomes discovering what our true-self is and who we are at our very core.
I hold a Bachelor's of Arts degree from the University of Southern Maine in Social and Behavioral Science with a Concentration in Counseling and a Master's of Theology degree in Pastoral Care and Counseling from the Antiochian House of Studies through the University of Balamand.
After completing the Expressive Arts Institute program at Salve Regina University I received level two Expressive Arts training at New York Expressive Arts.
Completion of the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in the Expressive Arts at Salve Regina, May 2021.
My background includes teaching Creative Movement to children. During the 1970s I was a Dance Pedagogy student at The Hartford Conservatory and Hartford Ballet Company.
I have a Certificate in Counseling Grieving Children and Teens. In addition, I have done work with teens whose lives have been impacted by cancer. I have also had the profound opportunity to help grieving moms through use of the Expressive Arts.
Currently, I am a hospital chaplain intern in the Spiritual Care Department of Maine Medical Center. Upon completion, I will have one CPE unit in hospital chaplaincy.
My passions include: singing, writing, dancing, play, improvisational acting, and gardening.