I bring a myriad life experiences to my role as a Certified Divorce Doula and Divorce Coach, as a Divorce Professional.
My understanding of the landscape of divorce began with my own experience of two divorces; one quite amicable, the other very difficult. The challenges of my second divorce inspired me to return to school to gain the formal education on how best to help others going through separation and divorce. Along with my training as a Family Mediator, Family Arbitrator and Parenting Coordinator, I have trained in Domestic Violence Screening and Dispute Resolution Circle Work.
Originally from Los Angeles, California, I have always enjoyed challenging boundaries. I steeped myself in art, animals, and nature – threads I have woven together throughout my life. My deep commitment to working with young
people and their families has helped many to discover their spiritual and emotional potential. My involvements have included opening the successful business Whimz Live Animal Programs, which provided children and adults with a unique hands-on opportunity in learning about animals and their habitats; founding and presently running Dogwood Urban Farm, a home-based business that brings nature and sustainable living together; founding Kesher, an arts-based Cultural Heritage Program; establishing and facilitating the Toronto branch of the Mother’s Circle, which provides support to interfaith families; and I have served as a foster parent for teenage girls. I presently parent as a single mother to a daughter and a son, along with 3 dogs and other family pets.
I pride myself on bringing to the table an open, warm, direct style, and a nonjudgmental approach. In my own life, I have worked at turning obstacle into opportunity, and motivate my clients to do the same.
Ongoing Mentoring From Lawyers, Mediators and Other Divorce Professionals
Family Circle Mediation - Restorative Youth Justice, 2011
Certificate in Dispute Resolution - York University, 2010
Family Law 101: Property - Cooperative Solutions, 2010
Family Law 101: Custody and Access Law - Cooperative Solutions, 2010
Family Law 101: Support - Cooperative Solutions, 2010
Mediation and Domestic Violence - Cooperative Solutions, 2010
Family Law Arbitration and Parenting Coordination - Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, 2011
P.R.I.D.E. Foster Parent Training - Jewish Family & Child Service and Native Family & Child Services, 2009
Bachelors of Fine Arts - California College of Arts
Bachelors of Science - Santa Rosa College