After nearly two decades as a writer, editor and product developer, I went back to college and changed careers from publishing to Somatic Trauma Therapy. Some people think that's a big leap, but both fields embrace communication and creativity, qualities that enrich life.
Born in Pasadena, CA, but reared and educated in the heartland, I earned my B.A. in English Composition from DePauw University. After a post-graduate art history tour of Europe, I moved to Los Angeles and began my career in publishing. After twenty years, my lifelong interest in health and emotional growth led me to a life-altering decision to follow my dream, culminating in a Master's and Doctoral degrees from U.I.L., the University for Integrative Learning in BodyMind Therapy.
I am fascinated by our resilience and how we overcome trauma, stress, depression, fear, anxiety, abuse and pain. As a practitioner in this field, I use a number of approaches, both hands-on and verbal--at times with humor--to help people overcome their obstacles and enjoy their innate gifts and powers.
I believe every cell's DNA holds the key: the ability to recover from trauma and the deep-seated desire for optimal function and vitality. Our minds and bodies are programmed to overcome enormous challenges. This approach heightens your quality of life by revitalizing your own physical and mental resources, overcoming life's many challenges.
Besides my private practice, I've been fortunate to study both in the U.S. and in China, serve on the LA Marathon Volunteers and on the faculty of The National Holistic Institute, Total Woman and guest lecture on Stress Management at Pierce College. I'm a member of the International Association of Healthcare Practitioners, Foundation for Human Enrichment and a listee in Who's Who in the West and Outstanding Young Women of America.
You may also want to check out my light-hearted blog, MyGemesis.com, a playful and creative way to stay balanced and happy in this digital age.
People Are Saying…
“True creativity is rare - more so in psychotherapy, which is a living art. In old age, experience led me to a therapist who broke rules while breaking none. I had been fortunate to experience this in the past and so knew when I was in the presence of a healing light. Diane is a gift.”Octogenarian, Film Maker and Photographer