Two things to know about me:
As a kid and teenager, I trained professionally at Boston Ballet and José Mateo Ballet Theatre. I quickly moved into singing and acting, graduating with a B.A. in theatre studies from Emerson College. I worked alongside some of the top dancers and choreographers in the industry and even landed a few roles in Hollywood feature films and commercials. Now, I bring elements of my theatre days to the Self-Care Cabaret!
I received a master’s of education in school counseling from Salem State University and have spent over 15 years as a licensed K-12 counselor and special education administrator. My degree had a psychology emphasis, which I’ve channeled into working with students who’ve experienced trauma and face mental health challenges. Nothing beats those lightbulb moments when someone gets it.
Yet one throughline connected these experiences. My self-care plummeted.
Looking around, I saw my former and current colleagues facing the same challenges. Those of us in helping professions are eager to support and care for others. But sometimes, we struggle with putting our self-care and well-being first.
As a trauma survivor and individual in eating disorder recovery, I recognized it was all the more critical to build and deepen a self-care practice. Drs. Deepak Chopra, Jon Kabat-Zinn, and Wayne Dyer first broadened my understanding of self-care. I followed up with receiving credentials in mental health first aid, crisis prevention intervention, and Reiki Levels I and II certifications. My curiosity led me to pursue doctoral-level coursework in self-care and renewal for educators and other helping professionals. I graduated with my PhD in educational leadership from Lesley University.
Since then, I’ve presented to groups, businesses, and organizations of all sizes. The impact is transformative. Prioritizing self-care and well-being — and committing to daily intentions of reflection, recovery, renewal, and resilience — does help us helpers become happier, healthier, more productive humans.
In helping ourselves, I believe we can pass along these skills to the communities we serve, too.
I have the absolute JOY of presenting to a variety of education, healthcare, entertainment, hospitality, human services, and nonprofit audiences. A sampling is below.
Interested in joining this fabulous list? Send me a note.
Massachusetts Partnership for Youth
Massachusetts Teachers Association
Shields Health Solutions
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Somerville Public Schools
National Labor Relations Board Union
New England Area Wedding Professionals
Riverside Community Care
Swansea Public Schools
Kindle Behavior Consultants
Salem State University
Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association
Lawrence Public Schools
Massachusetts Association of Approved Private Schools
New England Society of Association Executives
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Virtual or in-person presentations are available for all offerings up to 10 hours. Dr. MC is also now accepting podcast interview requests.
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