Welcome! My name is Emily, and I am so happy you found me here. I’m an active participant in our global community; originally from New Jersey, I have traveled extensively and lived in several states and countries. I am new to Seattle, and very happy to be here, where I belong, vibrating high among the ancient trees that make my heart sing! I love to experience new places and get lost in all there is to be seen, heard, smelled, felt and tasted, but I also love to be home cooking, reading, creating art, listening to music and caring for my plants. I am part of a large, close and wonderfully supportive family and tribe. I am a very proud Big Sister to a vibrant and dynamic teenager. I put lots of time into my close relationships, and I’m committed to a positive non-violent communication practice. Integrated and holistic living, wellness and self-care are my keystones, anchoring my values to my highest self. A large part of that anchoring is understanding and embracing my natural gifts. Since I was a child, people have come to me for healing. I didn't always understand what they wanted, or why they came to me, but I knew I could listen. I kept listening, and, knowing I could help more people more profoundly by studying with other wise healers, learned sociology as an undergraduate and then attended graduate school at Hunter College School of Social Work in Manhattan. My second day of my first internship, located six blocks from the World Trade Center, was September 11, 2001. That first year I cried a lot, released a lot, listened a lot, learned a lot. As I continued my studies and eventually graduated and began work in the field, I met and talked with many more people. Every interaction impacted me, taught me. Some I remember most were with chronically homeless adults, foster children, survivors of sexual violence and trauma, people with addictions, and people with physical challenges and medical needs. We met and talked in shelters, day treatment centers, therapy offices, residential facilities, court rooms, homes and hospitals. I became a better and better listener, hearing these incredible stories from incredible people, but something was missing. It wasn’t until I attended a yoga and Reiki workshop in 2013 that I finally bridged the gap, both in my own life, and in my work with others. I learned how to listen more fully, using not only my mind but also my heart and my body’s energy centers. I experienced a deep healing and connection to that which is larger than the observable universe, because the subtle energies that emanate from the body directly and without inhibition are limitless and unbounded by time and space. I joined an Integrative Energy Healing intensive course at Langara College in Vancouver BC, and later completed further Reiki training in San Diego. My love of working with the energies of liminal spaces and moments of transition, combined with my new understanding of the healing potential of energy body, led me to hospice care as a social worker. I loved many things about hospice, most of all the opportunity to facilitate and witness healing and forgiveness work on all planes, as the beautiful synergy of energy work, a profound meditation on healing and love for both recipient and practitioner, helps people let go. The more I experienced this shedding of layers for myself, I knew there was something even greater for me. When a hospice nurse friend told me about an end of life doula course, I felt a roaring, resounding YES from somewhere deep inside, and I knew my life would never be the same. I found Momdoulary LLC’s Mourning Doula.com Five in One Certification Program (click here to find out more about my training) and enrolled immediately. And here I am, profoundly grateful to perform this sacred work; it is my pleasure, my joy, and my deep need. I am honored to walk this path with you.