Hi, I'm Catherine!
I'm a mother to a wonderful old soul child named Gabriela, and a passionate and eternal student of humanity.
Quite simply, I love helping others to heal themselves, based on how I've healed myself, and continue to each day.
These methods include deep inner child work, energy healing, self-compassion, and release through movement and voice. I call the constellation of these methods Somatic Shadow Work.
I also love incorporating astrology into my sessions. The birth chart offers a wonderful map for deep soul work, and profound validation for one's life path.
If you want to know a little more about me, read on:
I have a BA in Philosophy from Reed College (2006), and an MA in German from the University of Oregon (2010).
I've been giving astrology readings since 2008, and wrote my Masters thesis on the role of astrology in Goethe's Faust (you can Google it if you really want to).
From 2006-8, I lived in Austria as a Fulbright Teaching Assistant, teaching English and working as an American cultural docent.
I was full-time faculty at Oregon State University for six years (2010-16) teaching all levels of German language, as well as history, politics, film, and more. I received several teaching awards and ended up on the cover of an OSU magazine for my development of pioneering online programs.
I am a certified trauma-informed yoga teacher, and have completed many hours of training in trauma-sensitive movement instruction, notably through the Trauma Healing Project in Eugene, OR, and Street Yoga and Kamala Mind Body Wellness in Seattle.
In 2016, I completed a 22-hour domestic violence survivor support program through New Beginnings in Seattle.
From 2016-18, I taught yoga and mindfulness in inpatient psychiatric hospitals in the Seattle area, working with adults and adolescents diagnosed with a wide variety of psychiatric conditions.
I attended Bastyr University's Masters in Counseling Psychology graduate program for six months (2016-17), until I realized that my true calling was not as a mental health counselor.
In 2017, I became a Usui / Holy Fire II Reiki Master Teacher through Melinda Prakash Kaur.
In 2018, I completed a training in the Authentic Voice expressive arts therapy modality with its founder, Nina "Anin" Utigaard.
In 2019, I completed the course Activate Your Inner Jaguar, based on the deep nervous system recalibration methods of Somatic Experiencing® and Organic Intelligence®, taught by Kimberly Ann Johnson.
In 2020, I completed the 18-hour In-Depth Psoas Workshop with Liz Koch, focusing on methods of fluid somatic movement and release, and its role in healing trauma and harmful social conditioning.
This wide range of experience has blessed me with the opportunity to connect with people from all walks of life, and informs my work every day.