There’s no need to go it alone. If you're curious about my transformational coaching programs, reach out now and schedule your free 60-minute Wayfinding Session, where you will:
Explore the struggles and longings that are alive in you right now.
Get clear on which of the major midlife hurdles are derailing your “prime of life” experience .
Discern the most impactful thing you can do to start finding your way forward.
Book your Wayfinding Session below by selecting a date and time that suit you and providing the information requested. You will be sent all the information you need in a follow-up email.
(Please note that for the time being, due to COVID-19, all Wayfinding sessions are only available by phone or Zoom.)
It's not unusual that you become unmoored...
New demands arise as we find our parents, our children, our partners, and yes—shockingly—even ourselves growing older. We encounter role changes, body changes, health challenges, and inevitably, loss.
In midlife, nearly every aspect of your identity has the potential for major change: daughter, mother, wife/partner, career…
You may experience a big shift in just one role, such as the loss of a parent or partner, or several at once, like when you lose a parent, have your last child leave home, and lose your passion for your career all at once.
No matter the number or timing, these changes can be confusing and disorienting. You wonder why it’s such a struggle to get on with your life like everyone tells you to do.
You exist in your own unique kaleidoscope of feelings that can change day to day and even moment to moment.
You may feel adrift, wondering how to redefine your life outside of your previous roles and identities.
Struggling to recreate your life, you can be rocked by grief even as you long to rediscover a sense of direction or purpose.
And of course there's often the ever-present feeling of overwhelm, as you hope that someday life will be less stressful and feel "normal" again, which often dances with a simmering irritability that threatens to blow at any moment.
Whatever you're feeling, it's compounded when you worry that your distress is burdening others, or when you simply feel alone in all the confusion.
And beneath it all is a feeling, even a knowing, that your usual ways of "doing life" won’t work anymore.
Occasionally, times like these ask you to dive into the waters of change.
To submerge yourself into the depths with the time and space to process whatever is arising in you and move it through.
Or to allow your vision and your knowing to reveal itself.
This kind of invitational spaciousness is the at heart of the Sacred Pause Immersive: a day-long private intensive custom-designed around your needs and intentions.
This personalized mini "retreat" is not intended to rush you through to “the other side”, but rather to honor where you are as a tender and sacred place.
A place intended to be met with mindfulness.
A place where you can let yourself sink into creative process so you can surface your own stories.
A place where you can be still and quiet enough that you can hear your own inner voice clearly.
A place where you can explore the longings of your soul so you know who you want to grow into in the future.
I felt that not only had I not achieved my goals, but I no longer had the time to achieve them because I was in my 50's.
Having Julie validate that my feelings were there for a reason was very comforting and uplifting. She has a wealth of knowledge to share, and went above and beyond by providing recordings of our sessions and notes on any suggested reading or processes to use on my own. Our Zoom sessions were easy and convenient.
My work with her has helped me to quiet my negative mind chatter and to be more positive about my future.This process helped me move forward versus getting stuck in “pity party” mode, and now I have resources to use when I need to work through an issue. Best of all, I feel like the big dark cloud is gone.
Fort Wayne, IN
As it turns out, all that has happened to me is part of my path – my journey back to myself – and Julie has been an integral and caring part of that journey with me.
Transitioning for me has not been without some pain and challenge. One of the greatest gifts Julie has given me is a means to explore, acknowledge, “put in its place,” and then re-channel this pain through SoulCollage®.
Working with Julie has resulted in a flooding of new awareness: why my work and personal lives were literally killing me, how my past has shaped my self-imposed limitations, how my “real” journey is broader, deeper, and more spiritual than I could have ever imagined, why it is that I can never “go back,” and most importantly, how it is imperative that I now develop my gifts and share them with the world.
I was nearing a crossroads in my career and ready to make a big change but not sure which way to turn. Having two young children and a husband that worked an opposite shift than mine, I was so busy and consumed by my family's needs that I often felt like I was just treading water, barely hanging on. The thought of putting my need to devoting some energy into finding my path onto the front burner seemed almost impossible.Julie helped me learn how to listen to myself. That may sound silly, but I had a tendency to pay attention to my "Inner Critic" a little too much.
Julie helped me make decisions about my future based on being true to my authentic self. What truly feels right to me, right now.... and it feels great! I feel much more fulfilled in my life. I'm excited about the future I am designing!
When you're feeling tossed about by life, it's always reassuring to know you have safe harbor waiting.
Somewhere you can let down your guard, release all your responsibilities, and relax into a process of inner exploration so that you can face your challenges and grow in new directions.
Somewhere you can sift through what you're feeling, feel comfortable and safe in doing the deep inner work that is surfacing, and be supported through your process.
The Immersive is individually tailored for each woman who chooses to dive in. Together we will co-create your personal retreat, based on a 30-minute Design Consult before the Immersive. With your goals and needs in mind I'll design a day of creative play, coaching, ceremony... whatever feels right for your intentions and your style.
In this format you can set aside any worries, along with the many demands for your time and attention that so often prevent you from making progress in your midlife soulwork, and simply sink in.
And I will be there with you as guide, mirror, facilitator, coach, and healer.
I will draw on my academic background in developmental psychology (specifically adult development and aging), my diverse background and expertise in intuitive healing and energy work, and my training as a SoulCollage® Facilitator, a Certified Creative Depth Coach™, Sacred Journey Process™ Guide, and both JourneyCircles™ and MoonCircles™ Facilitator to design your Immersive and support your healing and transformation.
Enjoy a full day of coaching, creating and healing that has been mindfully and intuitively designed around your individual needs and intentions
Sink into uninterrupted time for creative process and exploration.
Surface your stories and your shadows, bringing them into a sense of cohesion, wholeness and light.
Explore the longings of your soul so you know who you want to grow into in the future.
Emerge from the day having made a massive leap forward in your own evolution.
As the first Christmas after my mother's death approached, I was overwhelmed by my grief. If I carried on with the hubbub of the season, I felt I would collapse.
If I ignored our family traditions, it felt as if I'd be losing my mother all over again. With gentle perfection, Julie guided me through a process of introspection, soul-searching, and release that allowed me to navigate the holidays without fear. Using SoulCollage® as a tool, I was able to let go of everyone's expectations, including mine, and give needed space to my own self-care. I allowed myself to toss all but what was essential to me about the holiday, to be fully present in the seasonal energy pouring out from others, and to hear my mother's voice all the while telling me things were going to be okay.
I was ready to give up on my self-improvement and personal growth path but as a result of our work together, I am more able to accept all aspects of myself.
Julie has a fresh and creative approach that has helped me move my life forward in a positive direction. I was able to make a career change AND more importantly, for me, to view my work and career as more fluid and changing. Rather than see myself locked into the perfect career, I am able to see how some jobs are a stepping stone for some clearer work that has not yet revealed itself to me. Before, I was trying to fix the "problems". Now it's like I am working with a clearer reflection of myself. I am getting comfortable with the pieces and parts of my personality that were always there, including those with which I’ve been the least comfortable. This has enabled me to grow at a faster rate than other modes of self-healing because I am looking at the whole me, rather that just pumping up the happy parts!
Often, we have a certain story—a shadow story—that we are aware of but don't seem to be able to get traction with. In fact, midlife is the time when we find ourselves driven to unravel old approaches to life that just aren't working and find our way back to something that feels more authentic and true.
This approach is great when you want support in diving deep into something that feels too daunting to do on your own. It's perfect when you have a specific (often recurring) issue that you need to understand and shift, and you want to experience major change in a relatively immediate way.
This format can also be useful when when you really need clarity and direction. We would design a day to in which you will not only uncover your vision but also discern and dissolve potential blocks to the path ahead.
It's also a great option when circumstances make it hard for you to carve out time and space to do your own soulwork at home.
30 minute Design Consult, where we'll talk about your goals and intentions
A day retreat held at my office in Columbus, Ohio. (Two 2.5-hour sessions with a 90-minute break for lunch and relaxing)
A 1-hour follow up call to see how the work is integrating and discern next steps
Sessions may include creative process, guided visualization, meditation, coaching, healing, and ceremony. Each will be custom-designed and co-created together to meet the outcomes you desire.
Abundant supplies for creative exploration
Payment plans and Equity Pricing for Women of the Global Majority* or those experiencing financial need available
*The term Global Majority is a collective term that encourages us to recognize that together, those of African, Asian, Latin American, and Arab descent, along with people of dual heritage and Indigenous people from around the world, comprise roughly 80% of people worldwide.
Use the button below to schedule a 60-minute Wayfinding Session, where we will:
Explore the struggles and longings that are alive in you right now
Get clear on which of the major midlife hurdles are derailing your “prime of life” experience
Discern the most impactful thing you can do to start finding your way forward
There's no commitment, no obligation, and whether we decide to work together or not you will come away with a better understanding of your situation, and the relief that comes from being deeply witnessed.
First, this is not counseling or therapy. My background is in developmental psychology - specifically the study of adult development and aging. I am not trained or licensed as a therapist or counselor and I do not treat people with clinical disorders.
Creative Depth Coaching™, developed by Cat Caracelo of JourneyPath Institute™, combines traditional coaching with healing modalities and transformative art, all of which are anchored in the world of “depth process”.
It is rooted in Jungian depth work, which explores the subconscious, underlying structures of roles and relationships, personal mythology and archetype, and harnesses the power of imagination and imagery.
My additional trainings in Sacred Journey Process, JourneyCircles and MoonCircles bring additional breadth and creative toolswith which we can explore.
“Artistic skill” is never a requirement for the work we will do. Rather, “art as process” or “expressive art” is an invitation to use common creative mediums like collage or paint to express and create movement with your emotions, energy, and inner feelings.
We use these creations to explore the deeper layers of meaning contained within them. It's a powerful way to explore tender areas gently and even beautifully.
This approach is extraordinarily powerful and invites you to discover deeper layers where you want to experience active change, and where blocked energy and unconscious beliefs are in your way.
The first step in the process is a free, 60 minute Wayfinding Session. During this time we will explore the struggles and longings that are alive in you right now, and get clear on what’s in your way. We’ll also discern whether this program is a good fit for you, and that we are a good fit for each other.No hard sell, no obligation. Just a chance for a good gut-check and come away with more clarity - whether you choose to work with me or not.
Ideally I see this as an in-person day. My office is set up for this kind of work and I have all the supplies you will need.
My office is about 15 minutes from the John Glenn International Airport. There is an Embassy Suites hotel within 1 mile of my office, as well as several smaller hotels within 5 miles.The area has many restaurants as well as a metro park nearby for relaxation.
All of that said, I have done enough virtual retreats since 2020 to know that a virtual immersion is possible. It will simply be a matter of you being able to claim that time and space for yourself, and that is something we will address during the design consult. So don't let any of these concerns stop you if you drawn to this experience.
Much as midlife, with all its changes, causes uncertainty and unpredictability, few can argue that recent years have created a similar dynamic on a global scale. The pandemic, the fights for racial and economic justice, the economy, politics, and international aggressions that threaten to destabilize the world we've known.
Many of us are reeling from this once-in-a-lifetime level of unprecedented change.
There's an ever-present sense instability—of not being able to land on anything resembling solid ground.
Yet if you take the time to breathe and quiet your mind, perhaps you can sense a subtle undercurrent of potential and possibility at play.
When I can hear past the fear, I become sure that this time of deep challenge is also an unparalleled opportunity to create potent change.
I am sure that we, humanity, are in the midst of the ultimate Sacred Pause.
On every level, from the global community to the individual level, there is an invitation to deep healing and discernment.
As women in midlife, we are being worked upon not only by our personal midlife challenges and changes, but by this nexus of world events, which makes the potency available to us even greater.
We have a chance to consciously choose how we want to create our lives. To decide who we want to be and how we want our lives to feel.
Please don’t fall victim to the “just push through it” mentality, or to the “this too shall pass” school of thought. There's need to be tough.
I know for certain that these times of deep challenge deserve to be mindfully honored, and can offer unparalleled opportunity for potent change. If you can't imagine that right now, that's OK. I'll hold it for you.
Just know that there's no need to simply "carry on", and no need to go it alone.
I keep a limited number of the full day events reserved, so if this speaks to you reach out now and let's see how I can support you.
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