Gentle money healing, savvy practices, and big picture visioning.
Is never just about the money.
In working with thousands of individuals, couples, and creative entrepreneurs over the past 21 years, I’ve learned: almost nobody received a real education about money, let alone how to navigate our emotions around it.
But you won’t find traditional, “tough love” money management here. Nope.
The world has plenty of experts and gurus and books on this. If you’ve tried strongarming yourself into budgeting, but fell off the wagon … or if you’re craving a more creative, mindful, and deep approach to money (and all the facets of your life it touches) — you’re in the right place.
Yes, I teach about about earning, saving, spending, and investing. But not in the way you’d expect.
Because money isn’t just about dollars and cents.
It’s about your mother’s couponing obsession and that time your second-grade teacher told you, “money is the root of all evil.” It’s about how safe you feel talking to your sweetie about big life decisions. It’s about claiming your value, in salary negotiations and in the checkout line. It’s about facing your inner critic and saying, “I really can do this. Just you watch.”
A healthy, happy money relationship takes inner growth and outer actions. Yin and yang.
I love a good financial spreadsheet. But the savviest financial tools I’ve found are: compassion, body-based wisdom, and radical un-shaming.
That’s why the Art of Money approach honors three phases of deep money work:
Money Healing: Untangle your emotional patterns around money through mindfulness, gentle therapeutic inquiry, and body-based practices.
Money Practices: Transform money into a meaningful, supportive self-care practice, baby step by baby step.
Money Maps: Put money in service of your values and dreams by honoring the grand trajectory of your life: where you are and where you’d love to go.
Over the past 22 years, the women and men in my community have deeply resonated with this truly holistic, integrated approach. I’m deeply grateful to hear their reports of sustainable, soulful, and practical transformation.
The offerings you’ll find on this site grew out of my work with the thousands of people who I’ve supported in one-on-one Financial Therapy, small groups, community content, and my year-long money school, The Art of Money. But they also come directly from my own, ever-deepening relationship with money in my own life.
In my own money journey, I had to learn what I now teach:
- To understand my particular set of money emotions and to learn how to regulate my nervous system in all the different money moments.
- To incorporate the somatic tools from my Masters in Somatic Psychology program to support my daily money challenges curveballs and joy.
- To understand the deeper money themes in my own money story, ie: power dynamics and to learn how to write a new story
- To fall in love with bookkeeping systems and tracking my numbers
- To break through money ceiling after money ceiling by honoring my unique gifts and claiming my value.
- To deepen my intimacy with my husband, son, and colleagues through honest, vulnerable talks about money.
- To forgive my family, lineage, and culture for the harmful lessons they taught me about money (and all the lessons I never got) so I could find compassion and empowerment.
- To know my value, deep in my bones. This has nothing to do with money … and everything to do with it.
- To honor the rhythms and cycles of my unfolding life-and-money journey … and roll with them gracefully and consciously.
- To get smart about sustainable business models, so I can serve my community and honor my need for rest, fun, and family time.
- To come home to my body, over and over again, in a practice of radical self-love and un-shaming. This is the heart of my approach.
I want you to know these things about money, right now:
You are not alone. Money is an inner and outer journey. Sacred and practical. Make money a self-care practice. You can do this — even if you’re “bad at math.” This isn’t a race. BREATHE. Chocolate is a miraculous financial tool. Tough love isn’t the M.O. for deep healing. Gently, gently, gently. Bring all of your creativity, smarts, and playfulness to your money relationship. Get curious and compassionate. Trust yourself. Honor your timing. Baby steps are brave. Un-shame. Love yourself into change.
What led me here: the backstory.
I never thought I would be supporting people with money … let alone being lauded one of the pioneers of Financial Therapy.
You see, I originally I trained as a Somatic Therapist and received a Masters degree in Somatic Psychology from Naropa University 1998.
My favorite topics were body, movement, sexuality, intimacy, ritual and grief.
Then I took a “detour” and ran a bookkeeping business for other therapists, coaches and artists. I always say I learned so much about my clients relationship to money by doing their books.
In 2001, I merged my training as a somatic psychotherapist and my work in the mental health field and hospice — and merged it with my bookkeeping and money management experience to create a financial therapy method.
For the last 22 years, I have worked as a financial therapist with individuals, couples, and creative entrepreneurs from every income bracket and socio-economic background. I have taught one-on-one, in small groups, large groups, from speaking podiums, as a mentor coach, and beyond.
My work has has been featured on Oprah.com, Inc.com, The Cut, Reuters Money, Nerd Wallet, The Wall Street Journal, The Simple Dollar, Real Simple, The Fiscal Times, Redbook, MindBodyGreen + hundreds of interviews, podcasts, and guest blogs. She has also been featured on the cover of Experience Life Magazine and Mindful Magazine.
My year-long money school, The Art of Money, is currently in its 11th year, and has served over 5000 people from 33 countries. My first book, The Art of Money: A Life-Changing Guide to Financial Happiness, was published June 14th, 2016. My second book, The Art of Money Workbook, was published on June 6th, 2022.
In my twenties, I thought money was too “un-spiritual” for a creative gal like me.
Back then, I was a dancing, creative, body-based wisdom, somatic psychotherapist in training gal, earning my Master’s in Somatic Psychotherapy from Naropa. Surely tracking my expenses and balancing my checkbook were far too ho-hum and dreary for the likes of me — right?
It wasn’t that I had a bad relationship with money — I had no relationship with money. Even in my incredible graduate program in somatic psychotherapy, where I learned to drop into my body and bring loving awareness to everything under the sun — food, sex, God — money was still taboo.
Everything changed the day my first student loan bill arrived in the mail.
I stared at that monthly payment, a desert in my mouth. I was shocked and ashamed.
How on earth can I pay this, every single month? How can I pursue the unconventional career I want, that honors my gifts, AND earn the money I need to thrive? Shouldn’t I know how to do all this, already?
That day, all of my money shame came to a breaking point. (I briefly considered skipping the country.) But then I made the decision that changed the course of my life.
I decided to look money square in the eye. To turn towards it instead of running away. To create a relationship with it on my own terms: infused with all the body-based tools, mindfulness, creativity, and deep meaning I had honed, for years.
I began learning the language of money — and, hallelujah, I could do it! I stayed up late in bed, reading about bookkeeping and accounting. I learned everything I could … and hung up my shingle as a bookkeeper for artists, healers, and soulful folks.
I wasn’t the only one craving a new relationship with money.
My bookkeeping clients weren’t just looking for someone to crunch their numbers. We were all craving a whole new way to “do” money. Evolved and whole. Mindful and embodied. Deeply meaningful and daringly playful. Honoring every layer of our beings: practical, emotional, and spiritual.
I merged my decade of training in somatic psychotherapy and work in the mental health field with my new fascination with financial systems and practical money tools. My husband and I birthed the three-phase Art of Money approach in a ridiculously tiny log cabin in the woods. A community began growing around these teachings, inspired by a world of fresh possibility, meaning, and empowerment.
Together, through brave storytelling and compassionate practice, my community and I have created radically new relationships with money. We have welcomed money home, to ourselves. We have released layer after layer of shame and confusion. We have looked money in the eye, befriended it, and learned how it can express our values and support our dreams, moment by moment, purchase by purchase, baby step by baby step.
This is the world I welcome you to, today. But it’s you who will create it. On your own terms. Because I’m a guide … not a guru.
You CAN find peace, confidence, and clarity with money. But money isn’t a science … it’s an ART. Intimate, playful, and drenched in your secret sauce.
Here’s to your money journey … wherever you are, along it.
Here’s to taking brave baby steps.
Here’s to drenching yourself with compassion and patience and love.
Here’s to un-shaming, layer by layer, moment by moment.And here’s to any suffering you’re feeling about money, too.
Because if it brought you here, it’s already opening a doorway … into the empowerment, peace of mind, and confidence you’re really craving.
Money is the journey of a lifetime. And I would be honored to walk it, by your side.
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