I am a Sustainable Finance and Social Impact professional, serial health & wellness entrepreneur, recovering food & lifestyle blogger, and a trauma + grief informed intuitive energy healer.
Welcome, I’m so thrilled you’re here.
Hi, I’m Val. Thank you for joining me in this space.
There’s a Joan Didlon quote that always struck a chord with me – it says, ‘I have already lost touch with a couple people I used to be.’ In the first couple of decades of my life that really resonated; I viewed my experiences and years as chapters, sometimes of different books; I just couldn’t see the threads, they were just people I used to be; some I felt that only I vaguely knew or hoped to forget. Some chapters gently and clearly informed the next, and some were wildly misplaced misfits that appeared to be interrupting the series. I couldn’t always make sense of it, but intuition led me to the big decisions, and the human parts of what came next led me to the growth.
Now, as I traverse life in a different way I find myself spending more time with the previous versions of myself, getting back in touch; they are not forgotten, and without them, I’d be incomplete. They are the strength in my spine, they are my grief, and they are my beauty and my pride; we’ve traveled together through this life, burning and rising from the ash more times than can be counted in the process of becoming; the process of becoming me exactly as I am, integrated, embodied, and whole. I did not just happen upon the person I am today, i fought hard over many years to become her, and will continue that fight forever; she’s my life’s work.
Over the last 20 years I have collected tremendously diverse experiences of the world and of self. I’ve built and run a number of wellness businesses, while growing in my corporate career; both industries are rife with warranted criticism, privilege, and systems that lack consideration of the human totality and laser focus on profit and performative action. I’ve evolved passions, and journeyed with my self (or selves) through grief, joy, trauma(s) and the experience of being human at this moment in time. I have struggled and learned, and I’ve fought and prevailed; and I owned the work I needed to do to transform to each next version of myself, and every single day I make mistakes and course correct. I’ve seen this life from both sides, and have found my self in the middle; I found my stillness, the collective purpose of my experiences, and most importantly, my practice. It is a life journey after all, and here I am, in the current, with just what I know so far.
As I sit within my own transformation, I’ve realized my connection to the healing world and the space I not only want to be in with myself, but also one that I want to create over time for us all. The framework is intended to invite us to show up and be fully human, supported, and intrinsically aware of our belonging regardless of what chapters we’ve come out of, currently sit in, or have ahead of us. So often we lack the trust, safety, and guide rails required to step into and live in our vulnerably, learning how to connect to parts of ourselves and others that we’ve been searching for, and often times suppressing. We miss out on the opportunity to be in-community and relationship authentically, which are the exact relationships and support systems that we need to navigate the messiest and most uncertain chapters of our stories. This safe connection allows us to take off our blinders of isolation and accept the invitations we are receiving from the universe through our struggles to grow into the most authentic versions of ourselves, continuously.
Areas of Focus:
Sustainability & Social Justice
Individuation: Jung + Tarot
Trauma & grief informed programming
Embodiment / Integration
Energy Healing – humans + animals
Trainings & Certifications
SUSTAINABILITY / SOCIAL JUSTICE:
Certificate in Corporate Social Responsibility
New York University / Stern School of Business – Completed June 2022
Certificate in The Just Transition: Achieving Social Inclusion in a Low Carbon Future
Candrium University / New York Life Investments – Completed April 2021
LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT & PERSONAL / BRAND IDENTITY:
Workplace Big 5 / Workplace 360 Certified Consultant
Paradigm Personality Labs / Former Center for Applied Cognitive Studies – Completed May 2016
TRAUMA & GRIEF INFORMED THERAPIES / COACHING:
Internal Family Systems / Integrative Somatic Parts Therapy | Level 1
The Embody Lab – Completed August 2022
Integrative Somatic Trauma Therapy Certification
The Embody Lab – In Progress September – December 2022
Certified Grief Doula / Coach
International Doula Life Movement – Completing September 2022
ENERGY HEALING & TRANSPERSONAL SERVICES:
Usui Reiki Energy Healing | Levels 1 + 2
Usui Shiki Rhyoho – Completed November 2021
Animal Reiki Healing | Levels 1 + 2
Animal Reiki Alliance – Completed June 2022