A new bio is in the works, but actually this article is a really great introduction to me, what I do and why… 🙂
Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpinteria, California.
PhD Program, degree anticipated in 2024:
Depth Psychology–Integrative Therapies and Healing Practices.
C. G. and Emma Jung Honor Scholarship, 2019-2024.
Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado.
M.A., May 2018, Clinical Mental Health Counseling,
Mindfulness-based Transpersonal Counseling:
Trauma-Informed Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga.
Naropa Honor Scholarship, 2014-2018.
Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey.
M.A., February 2003, Psychology (Program in Neuroscience):
Experience-modulated hippocampal and cortical neuroplasticity.
National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Fellowship, Honorable Mention, 2002.
Princeton Prize, Merit Fellowship in Natural Sciences & Mathematics, 2000-2001.
Columbia University in New York, New York.
B.A., cum laude, May 1998, Neuroscience & Behavior.
Dean’s List all 6 semesters, 4-year degree completed in 3 years, 1995-1998.
Max-Planck Institute in Andechs, Germany.
Foreign Scholar Research Fellowship, 2004-2005:
Hippocampal plasticity in migrating birds.
National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, Maryland.
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS),
Experimental Therapeutics Branch (ETB), Molecular Neuropharmacology Section.
Post-baccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award Fellow, 1999-2000:
Phosphorylation and desensitization of D1 dopamine receptors.
Mirescu, C., Peters, J. D., Noiman, L., & Gould, E. (2006). Sleep deprivation inhibits adult neurogenesis in the hippocampus by elevating glucocorticoids. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 103(50), 19170-19175.
Peters, J. D., & Gould, E. (2005). Experience, structural plasticity, and neurogenesis. In T. Steckler, N. H. Kalin, & J. M. H. M. Reul (Eds.), Handbook of stress and the brain, Part 1: The neurobiology of stress (pp. 699-709). Amsterdam: Elsevier.
Mirescu, C., Peters, J. D., & Gould, E. (2004). Early life experience alters response of adult neurogenesis to stress. Nature Neuroscience, 7(8), 841-846.
Kim, O. J., Gardner, B. R., Williams, D. B., Marinec, P. S., Cabrera, D. M., Peters, J. D., Mak, C. C., Kim, K. M., & Sibley, D. R. (2004). The role of phosphorylation in D1 dopamine receptor desensitization: evidence for a novel mechanism of arrestin association. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 279(9), 7999-8010.
University of Colorado in Boulder, CO
- Guest Lecture on Trauma-Informed Yoga in Yoga: Ancient & Modern, Fall 2019.
- Guest Lecture on Hatha Yoga Techniques in Yoga: Ancient & Modern, Fall 2017.
Princeton University in Princeton, NJ
- Preceptor & Laboratory Instructor, Introduction to Psychology, Fall 2003.
- Preceptor & Guest Lecturer, The Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, Spring 2003.
- Preceptor, Abnormal Psychology, Fall 2002.
- Preceptor, The Brain: A User’s Guide, Spring 2002.
- Preceptor & Guest Lecturer, Neuroendocrinology: Hormones and Behavior, Fall 2001.
MA coursework (GPA 4.0) in addition to the standard curriculum emphasizing assessment, diagnosis & ethical counseling skills across cultures & the lifespan, 2014-2018:
- Group Dynamics & Leadership
- Transpersonal Psychology
- Jungian Psychology
- Gestalt (2 semesters)
- Career Counseling
- Grief, Loss & Life Transitions
- Mindfulness-based Interventions (3 semesters)
- Authentic Movement
- Shamanic Journeying
Continuous Continuing Education(!) I am constantly digesting the latest clinical and scientific breakthroughs disseminated in e-calls and summits, as well as through participation in the following courses, workshops, trainings & seminars:
- 4-month course in Activating your Inner Jaguar: Embodied Consent, Healthy Boundaries & Real-World Understanding of Your Nervous System (Kimberly Johnson, SEP), 2020.
- 4-week course in Money & the Nervous System (Kimberly Johnson, SEP), 2020.
- 4-week course in Limits & Boundaries (Kimberly Johnson, SEP), 2020.
- 4-week course in Healing Sexual Trauma: A Somatic & Attachment Approach to Working with Therapy Clients (Peter Levine, PhD & Diane Poole Heller, PhD), 2019.
- 5-week course in Unraveling the Mystery of Memory in the Treatment of Trauma (Peter Levine, PhD & Diane Poole Heller, PhD), 2019.
- 4-week course in Embodying Social Justice: Understanding the Trauma of Oppression (Rae Johnson, PhD, RSMT), 2019.
- Treating Childhood Emotional Neglect (Jonice Webb, PhD), 2019.
- Neuropsychology & Modern Psychoanalysis (Elizabeth Olson, PsyD-LCSW), 2019.
- SSP—Safe & Sound Protocol Training (Stephen Porges, PhD), 2018.
- Animal-Assisted Therapist Certification (Pawsitive Therapeutic Interventions, Amanda Ingram, LCSW, CAC III), 2018.
- Entering the Early Unknown: Sensing When to Speak & When to be Silent (Angelo Ciliberti, LPC, LAC, CGP & Jordan Blank, LCSW, CGP), 2018.
- Disaster Mental Health: Intro to Disaster Cycle Services (American Red Cross), 2018.
- Somatic Sex Education—Yoga of Sex, online portion of the Sexological Bodywork training (Joseph Kramer, PhD & Faculty), 2017-2018.
- Forging a Feminine Path—Sexuality & Spirituality (Kimberly Johnson, SEP), 2017.
- 24-hour Somatic Experiencing Meets Yoga Training for Trauma (Mariana Caplan, PhD, LCSW, SEP), 2017.
- Somatic Experiencing—Basic Principles (Ellen Byrne, SEP), 2017.
- Modern Psychoanalysis (Elizabeth Olson, PsyD-LCSW), 2016.
- DBT—Dialectical Behavior Therapy (Elizabeth Olson, PsyD-LCSW), 2016.
- Family Therapy (Elizabeth Olson, PsyD-LCSW), 2015.
- Hakomi Mindfulness-Centered Somatic Psychotherapy (Melissa Grace, MA), 2015.
- ACT—Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (Brooks Witter, LPC), 2015.
- Cancer Caregivers & Caregiving Symposium (Susan Bauer-Wu, PhD-RN & Faculty), 2012.
Founder, Jungle Physician LLC in Denver, CO, 2015. Registered Psychotherapist (NLC) in Colorado since January 2017. Drawing on 9 years of in-depth study & research in the neurosciences as well as immersion in yoga, meditation & other therapeutic-transformational spiritual practices since 2003. Personal experience healing from emotional, sexual & spiritual abuse & neglect as well as over a decade of chronic illness. Offering counseling, coaching, trauma-informed treatments, retreats & trainings to individuals & groups.
Community Holistic Health Center in Lafayette, CO, 2017-2018. 700-hour Internship supervised by Jen Fuller, MA, LPC, CACII. Affordable Sliding-Scale Counseling Program. Provided counseling sessions for individuals (children through seniors), couples & families. Addressed alcohol and drug addiction, health concerns, relationship issues, career transitions, stress, trauma, anger, grief, anxiety & depression. Explored spirituality, sexuality & identity. Facilitated the following groups: Grief & Transitions, Mindfulness & Purpose, Women’s Sexuality, Yoga & the Chakras.
Collective for Psychological Wellness in Boulder, CO, 2016. Adult DBT Group Co-facilitator, 15 sessions with Elizabeth Driscoll, MA. Led the weekly mindfulness component. Co-led check-ins, Dialectical Behavior Therapy skills instruction & discussion.
AIM House in Boulder, CO, 2015. 70-hour Practicum supervised by Angelo Ciliberti, MA, LPC, LAC, CGP, 2015. Worked with young women in transition & recovery. Collaborated with staff to aid in crisis intervention & prevention. Led or co-hosted weekly Human Sexuality & Relationships groups. Co-facilitated weekly Relational Group Process with the Clinical Director. Gave individualized yoga sessions & taught a workshop at Family Weekend. Chaperoned creative recovery groups & improvisation classes. Modeled empathetic listening & authentic relationship at meals & in milieu.
Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga
Personal practice of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga since 2003. Teaching groups, privates, workshops, courses, immersions, trainings and retreats internationally (Europe, Asia & North America) since 2005. Developing Jungle Physician TIAVY (Trauma Informed Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga since 2014.
Founder, Teacher, Therapist at Jungle Physician LLC in Denver (since 2015).
Taught at Ashtanga Yoga Denver (2016-2019).
Taught at Richard Freeman’s Yoga Workshop in Boulder (2012-2015).
Taught Ashtanga Self-Practice & Led at Jivamukti Yoga Munich (2007-2009).
1500+ hours of international study with my principal teacher Richard Freeman since 2007, as well as 600+ additional hours assisting him with month-long teachers’ intensives, immersions, courses & conferences since moving to Boulder to intensify studies with him and his partner Mary Taylor in 2011-2015.
4 months of Mysore practice, Goa, India (Rolf Naujokat), 2009-2010.
2 months of practice while living on a riverbank in a gorge, Crete (Cliff Barber), 2009.
3 weeks of Mysore practice & private study, Tokyo (Dominic Corigliano), 2009.
5-day Ashtanga Teaching & Adjustment Clinic, Munich (Nancy Gilgoff), 2004.
Workshops with Bettina Anner, Danny Paradise, David Swenson, John Scott, Mark Darby & Tim Miller.
Assistant to Sharon Gannon & David Life for international workshops, 2008-2014.
Jivamukti Yoga Munich faculty, teaching groups, privates & workshops, 2005-2011.
Mentor for 500-hr Jivamukti Apprenticeship Program, Munich, 2010-2011.
Advanced Jivamukti Teaching Certification, Munich, 2009.
500-hr Jivamukti Teaching Apprenticeship, Munich (Petros Haffenrichter), 2006.
300-hr Jivamukti Teacher Training, New York (Sharon Gannon & David Life), 2005.
9-month Pre-certification Apprenticeship, Munich (Patrick Broome), 2004-2005.
70 days of training while on retreat in Crete (Petros Haffenrichter), starting in 2004.
Therapeutic & Specialized Yoga
Iyengar Yoga—Personal practice since 2003. Workshops with Chris Saudek, Dean Lerner, Devki Desai, Gabriella Giubilaro, Lois Steinberg, Marla Apt, Nancy Stechert, Paul Cabanis & Ramanand Patel since 2006. Practice with Craig Kurtz & Jayne Satter in Denver & Boulder, ongoing. Regular study with Michael Forbes & Elisa Bruni in Munich, 2004-2011.
24-hour Somatic Experiencing Meets Yoga Training for Trauma (Mariana Caplan), 2017.
50-hour Yoga for Survivors of Cancer Teacher Training, Boulder (Laura Kupperman), 2014.
30 Restorative & Therapeutic Kaiut Yoga workshops, (Francisco Kaiut), 2011-2014.
3-day Adaptive Yoga for Physical Disabilities Intensive, Boulder (Matthew Sanford), 2011.
Workshops with Alan Finger (ISTHA Yoga), Bo Forbes (Yoga for Emotional Balance), Dharma Mittra (Dharma Yoga), Douglas Brooks (Sri Vidya Tantra), Emil Wendel (Pranayama & Kriya Yoga), Gary Kraftsow (Viniyoga), Godfrey Devereux (Dynamic Yoga), Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa (Kundalini Yoga), Mark Whitwell (Krishnamacharya & TKV Desikachar), Pandit Rajmani Tigunait (Sri Vidya / Himalayan Tradition), Patrick Oancia (Baseworks), Paul Muller-Ortega (Blue Throat Yoga), R. Sriram (Krishnamacharya & TKV Desikachar), Rod Stryker (ParaYoga) & Simon Borg-Olivier (Yoga Synergy) since 2005.
Meditation, Buddhism & Karma Yoga
Personal meditation practice since 2003. Various workshops with Rev. Angel Kyodo Williams, Acharya Dale Asrael, Joanna Macy, Lama Marut, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche & Sharon Salzberg since 2005.
Zen practice— 5 weeks of study & sesshin practice (Roshis Joan Halifax & Pat Enkyo O’hara, Zenji Martin Mosko, Senseis Genzan Quennell, Kazuaki Tanahashi & Hozan Alan Senauke), 2013-2017.
Tibetan Buddhism—9 annual courses with retreats in the tradition of Chogyam Trungpa, (Jules Levinson, PhD), 2007-2017. 4 weeks of study on the intersection of Buddhism and Yoga, (Prof. Robert Thurman & Richard Freeman), 2012-2015. 2 weekends of textual study (Thrangu Rinpoche), 2014.
Vipassana Meditation—30 days of silent retreats in the tradition of S.N. Goenka, 2008-2010.
Karma Yoga—2-month residency at Santosh Puri Ashram, Haridwar, (Mataji Narmada Puri and family), 2010.
Leading ceremony, journeying, workshops and incorporating elements of journeying into my attachment-based trauma psychotherapy practice since 2018.
Regular ceremony, healing and journey circles with Jennifer Hinton and Patrice Bazile since 2013 as well as weekly engagement with Patrice’s original and powerful form of shamanic bodywork. Currently enrolled in a 3.5-year Gates of Initiation training. Completion of a Shamanic Journeying course at Naropa University as well as divination, rattle-making and psychopomp workshops.
Other Body, Movement & Healing Practices
10-week Authentic Movement Course, Boulder (Daphne Chellos), 2017.
Reiki Level 1 Certification, Boulder (Susan Chiocchi), 2013.
42-day Dynamic Meditation at Osho Leela, Munich (daily morning practice), 2005.
Music Training & Performance
Kirtan instruction (2005-2011) under Bhagavan Das, Dave Stringer, David Newman, Jai Uttal & Shyam Das. Performance (on violin) with Danny Paradise, Daphne Tse, Dave Stringer, Fantuzzi, Jason Kalidas, Michael Hewitt, Petros & Friends. Performance (on voice & harmonium) internationally in classes, workshops & retreats since 2005.
Violin instruction (1985-1998) under Elisabeth Adkins (Associate Concertmaster, National Symphony Orchestra), James Stern (Cleveland Institute of Music), Oliver Steiner and Anastasia Jempelis (Eastman School of Music), Robert Cole & Estelle Roth (Suzuki Method).
Columbia University Orchestra (George Rothman), 1996-1998.
American Youth Philharmonic (Luis Haza), 1992-1995.
National Symphony Orchestra Apprentice Program (Mstislav Rostropovich), 1993-1994.
Eastman School of Music Summer Horizons Program, 1992.
Piano instruction (1989-1995) under Howard Spindler (Eastman School of Music) & Linda Gutterman (Suzuki Method).
Proficient German, 2 years of university French & Russian, ongoing study of basic Sanskrit.
Past—diving, hang gliding, horseback riding, quilting, softball & swing dancing.
Present—holistic health, puppies, mandala drawing, tree climbing & Vespa scooters.