The short story
I’m Amy, author of the award winning book, How To Heal Yourself When No One Else Can, energy therapist, and expert in mind-body healing. I live in L.A. with my beautiful wife, two bad cats, and our newly adopted senior dog (our house is officially FULL now).
I believe in lots of things, but most of all, that we all deserve to be happy and free. And while it may not always be easy to get there, it is totally possible.
I use energy therapy techniques to help people experiencing emotional or physical challenges to heal permanently and completely. After years of struggling from chronic illness (chronic Lyme disease, autoimmune conditions, nerve damage, endometriosis, anxiety, and just about every condition under the sun!), I discovered answers to the important question: Why do some people heal from emotional and physical issues, while others don’t? Since healing myself completely when doctors had given up all hope, I now help others do the same. Our beliefs, stuck emotions, patterns, and relationship with stress determine our wellbeing; and we need to make sure we get all that good stuff in order to be in full healing mode.
I’ve been featured in major publications including CNN, Cosmopolitan, The Huffington Post, Elephant Journal, The Good Men Project, the San Francisco Book Review, Cosmopolitan, and was named one of Advocate’s “40 Under 40” for 2013.
My most recent book, HOW TO HEAL YOURSELF WHEN NO ONE ELSE CAN (Llewellyn Worldwide, Jan. 2016) fulfilled the dream I had to put my practices into words! Now, so many more people have access my approach – yay. I’m also honored to have written a chapter for Elizabeth Gilbert’s latest book, EAT PRAY LOVE MADE ME DO IT (Riverhead Books March 29, 2016).
I have two forthcoming books that I’m very excited about: This Is How I Save My Life (North Star Way at Simon and Schuster, 2018) and How To Heal Yourself From Anxiety (Llewellyn Worldwide, 2019).
I spend my time teaching, working with clients, and writing on the topics of mind-body-spirit healing.I also find time to play, travel, and sometimes do absolutely nothing but relax! My own version of being healed means living in a healthy body while also sometimes losing complete Zen-like perspective, bingeing on gluten, and temporarily forgetting all the important life lessons I’ve learned. During my healing journey, as I let go of perfectionism, I came to the important realization that being human is so much healthier than being perfect.
Most importantly though, I live by my self-created motto: “When life kicks your ass, kick back.”
The longer story
… because everyone has one, right?
My own adventures in healing (read my story here) led me on a path to discover the foundation of healing. In my own life, I came to a place where I knew addressing my emotional healing was going to be the key to finally being and staying, well.
I was frustrated with traditional therapy and felt stuck that talking about things didn’t clear them from my body or make me feel any better. It led me in search of answers to a very important question — Why do some people heal from emotional or physical issues, while others don’t? Out of my frustration, a solution was born. Learning about and working with my energy system gave me access to finally heal to the core … and now I’m here to teach what I know. Through my own experience, I created a way to release old emotional baggage or energy from the body. No more coping. Just healing.
Although I’ve been called a host of super endearing things (expert in mind-body-spirit healing, an accidental guru, a modern-day wizard, and the Muhammed Ali of energy work – how fun are those?!) … I am really just someone who managed to figure my stuff out when no one else could. And now, after lots of training and healing, I get to help other people do the same.
I seriously love my job.
When working with clients, I have a supportive and often humorous (a little laughter goes a long way) no-nonsense, ‘let’s deal with your stuff’ approach. I’m also freakishly intuitive, which I definitely credit to how I do what I do with great success. I work from the point of view that unprocessed emotions, limiting beliefs and subconscious blocks can keep us from being the healthy, happy people we were meant to be. Pain and suffering, emotional and physical, are also positives though and it’s important to embrace that too – they help lead us to awesome places we might have never found otherwise. And, they are just as much part of our healing as anything else.
My work is influenced by the teachings of Louise L. Hay, Dr. Bruce Lipton, Donna Eden, Dr. Wayne Dyer, Caroline Myss, Gary Craig, Masaru Emoto, and Dr. Gary E. Schwartz. I also resonate with and teach according to the principles of the Universal Law of Attraction (but with a bit more of a liberal, real-life approach than most stuff you’ll read out there).
I have been featured in publications including CNN, Psych Central, Curve magazine, The Huffington Post, Purpose Fairy, Elephant Journal, Divine Caroline, The Good Men Project, Owning Pink, The Tapping Solution, East Hampton Press, the San Francisco Book Review, Orlando Sentinel and was named one of The Advocate’s “40 Under 40” for 2013.
I live and teach by my self-created motto: “When life kicks your ass, kick back.”
(take it how you wish, but the relaxing kind of “kick back” is a little more my style these days)
How I can help you
“Healing may not be so much about getting better, as about letting go of everything that isn’t you–all of the expectations, all of the beliefs, and becoming who you are.” ~ Rachel Naomi Remen, MD, Professor of Medicine at UCSF
I believe while the healing process isn’t always quick (but it totally can be so expect miracles!), the journey can be a flowing adventure full of discovering how you got to where you are – and how to get to somewhere better. I don’t like dwelling on my emotions, and I operate under the assumption you think it sucks too. I’m all about helping you find ways to stop dwelling and start moving on. When you do, your body will relax and be in full healing mode and miracles can unfold.
I use a powerful, but super gentle approach to work with the layers that might be keeping you stuck. My approach allows us, together, to identify them (even if they’re subconscious), release them from your energy system, and help you move on with your life. My goal is to guide you to self-healing (yep, you can do it!). It’ll be work, but I promise we’ll also have some fun along the way.
Self-healing will not interfere with any of the good stuff you’re already doing with your doctors, natural healers, and other practitioners. It’s a compliment that often supports all of that even further.
What makes me different?
I was once where you are so I totally get ya’. After Western medicine just wasn’t the “fix” I needed, I went to many alternative practitioners – those who wanted me to think myself well (as if I hadn’t already tried that for free), repeat affirmations that I didn’t believe, and just sit quietly and meditate. Then I discovered practitioners who worked in the energy field, which I was fascinated with – but I couldn’t relate to a single one of them. As a very grounded-in-reality person, many were just too ‘woo woo’ for me and I couldn’t integrate their therapy protocols into my very real-life, life.
My approach is the culmination of many years of figuring out what really works – and what doesn’t. I learned on my own healing adventure, there is much more to deep and complete healing than symptom relief. I look at what’s going on with the energy system, how unprocessed emotions might be affecting that, and help you become rebalanced. I have a knack for seeing things from a different angles so we can change whatever is not working for you. I will always put you in charge of your own healing, but you can count on me to be there every step of the way.
A majority of the success I have with clients really comes not only from the techniques, but also knowing what to clear – emotional events, patterns, beliefs, and other blockages that prevent healing. There are so many wonderful and effective techniques out there, but knowing what to apply those techniques to is crucial in seeing positive results. I consider myself a seriously talented detective when it comes to figuring out what keeps people stuck – and that’s all because I had lots and lots of practice untangling my own issues first.
But I know it can work. And, it’s well worth it.
Why do I believe in my approach so much?
Well, after 15+ years, 5 surgeries and seeing the best specialists (traditional and alternative) for my own health conditions, I decided to take my healing into my own hands. I took my power back from all the people I wanted to “fix me.” And now I’m all better. No more searching. No more medicine. No more agony.
The emotions or beliefs that are sometimes so simple you miss them, can often be causing you the most pain in your life. You probably aren’t aware of much of it, as I wasn’t either. Addressing “emotional baggage” and limiting beliefs in relationship to the human energy system can be a hugely important part of your overall healing plan.
My formal qualifications
I have attended various professional training programs including EFT Level 1 and 2, Eden Energy Medicine, and more. In addition to healing myself completely after all hope was lost, I have worked with hundreds of clients to help them to release emotional energy and instigate their body’s own natural healing response.
I am also proud to be a legally Ordained Minister of Holistic Healing (non-denominational).