It is with a sense of wonder, curiosity, sadness, and gratitude that I am announcing the closing of my Ithaca-based psychotherapy practice. I have worked for over 40 years in human services in Central New York and the Twin Tiers of New York and Pennsylvania, with brief detours to Florida and New Hampshire, and the last twenty of those years have been in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of upstate New York.
We have been blessed with an opportunity to return to our native Pennsylvania, where we will be closer to our children and grandchildren, and I am making a shift in how I think about my service to others and how I balance that with care for my own body and soul.
The plan is for me to get us settled into our new home, establish a walking and yoga practice, break out my long-neglected art and writing supplies, read (a lot!), and reconnect with family and friends. This is my dream for retirement!
I know there are other things percolating in me, too, ways that I want to continue to grow and share that growth experience with others.
I will be keeping, and looking to deepen, my connection with The Eden Alternative and my work as an Educator and Mentor.
I also hope to offer Women’s Circles and retreats, based on the life-changing, transformative training I received from Jalaja Bonheim and the Institute for Circlework in 2018 and 2019.
What form might these Circles take?
I have some ideas, and I will be sharing them with you in the months to come, but I’d like to hear from you about what you envision for your own “next chapter.”
In the meantime, I am feeling sad as I face my last day of work with my clients. It has been a profoundly sacred experience for me to serve in this capacity, and I am grateful for the many people who have trusted me with their concerns.
You have each helped me grow; thank you.