Hi, I'm Heidi. I'm a therapist, herbalist, and flower essence practitioner in the New York City area.
In 2007, I began to question the beliefs I held around myself, healing, and reality. Seeking answers beyond the mainstream I found my spiritual teacher and mentor, Jane Bell. Through our work studying Focusing and the Ancient Egyptian Mysteries, my commitment to healing and transformation bloomed, leading me to leave my previous career and New York City, and to retreat into three years of academic and personal study. After completing my master's in mental health counseling I returned to the city and began apprenticing with Claudia Keel, an herbalist, nutritionist, and flower essence practitioner, and enrolled in the three-year clinical herbal medicine program at Arbor Vitae. With the aid of my teachers, guides, community, and the plant kingdom, Moon & Bloom Integrative and Flower Essence Therapy was born on the New Moon in July 2014.
We all have wounds and challenges. In my own struggles in my 20s I felt conflicted about the limited access available to deeper, soul-level healing. For me, traditional psychotherapy and medication were not the answer. While I am grateful for my training within the western medical model, I feel much more aligned with ancient and indigenous wisdom. I have found that developing the spiritual dimension of the self, utilizing plant medicine, and understanding the imperative of collective healing can facilitate powerful transformation. I have spent the last eleven years cultivating a unique healing practice in order to offer the highest degree of service to my clients and community.
I am currently working on a book about flower essences, which is to be published by Sounds True in the Spring of 2020. My availability for taking on new clients will likely be limited up until this time.
My training includes:
A master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from Antioch University New England
Registered Herbalist accreditation by the American Herbalist Guild
Seven years of spiritual training studying Focusing and Egyptian mysticism with healer Jane Bell
Three Year Clinical Herbal Program certificate from Arbor Vitae School of Traditional Herbalism
Focusing Training—levels 1-4
Two years of practicing an eclectic approach to counseling at Walden Behavioral Care and Smith College
Plant spirit medicine apprenticeship under Claudia Keel
A Word on Privilege
I am a white, cis-gendered, middle class woman of European descent. The western medical model and western herbal medicine have proliferated within a context of white supremacy, sexism, gender essentialism, classism, and ableism, and I continue to explore this terrain with curiosity and compassion. I am in a position of privilege to get to do the work I love, and feel a great responsibility to support environmental and social change, as well as to make alternative healthcare more inclusive, diverse, and accessible.
"So much relief has come from learning how to relax and be present with myself… Things began to shift into place for me synchronistically." - K.L, client