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About me

 

Born in 1948, I am originally from The Netherlands. I moved from Amsterdam to New York City in 1980 and promptly fell in love with  the city. I do think Amsterdam and New York are cousins and many people who like one city, like the other. I moved back to New York in 2011 from Austin, where I lived for 12 years.  

    

    I  have two children who are now adults and both live in New York City.

    My two mini poodles serve as therapy dogs while I work. We work in a retirement home

    weekly, where they bring a lot of joy and wisdom!     

 

     I love animals and feel  especially bonded with dogs and horses and believe that they are an        

     essential part of our well being.

  

It is fair to say that I grew up very unaware of body, mind and feelings. In my family we lived very isolated from each other emotionally.
 I was always in a lot of pain, both physically as well as mentally and emotionally and I desperately wanted to change. I  began to chart a road to self discovery that led to the work I do now.

 

Through many years of exploration I found that becoming aware of what IS,
has become the most effective tool to make change for the better, even if awareness can be painful disorienting and upsetting initially. But, "the truth shall set you free".

                                                                                                                                                                           When I am at the ocean I feel whole

In my private practice I use a variety of modalities that I encountered and studied along the way, some of which you will find links to and have become part of the work I do.
 
Trauma (see link) is an important part of my work. I am currently teaching "Trauma and Abuse" at the Swedish Institute for Massage in New York City. I think resolving trauma is very very important , unfortunately traditional medicine has not found an effective way to do so.
Thanks to the work of Peter Levine and others there are alternatives, which I am gratetful for.

I facilitate a Writers Group where we present our work and find inspiration. Writing Poetry is essential for me (see link). I am also working on a book called "After Kids" . I perform through "The Spoken Word" and other venues  throughout New York City.
At the moment I am working on setting music to some of my poems

Many years ago I became aware of Tantra, but did not take to it.
Over the last year I have really begun to learn what it really is and practice it : the Art of Loving and finding enlightement through connection to the other. I have become involved in the studies of Tantra and the Kama Sutra and the more I learn, the more I align with it.

I hope I am making a difference with the work I do as well as with the poetry I write.