Molly is committed to tracking the nuggets of soul, to being a companion in restoring balance to disturbed landscapes of hearts and minds, to aiding in redirecting caravans of the psyche toward the springhead of soul. She is a lover of poetry, with deep value and aliveness found in speaking poetry. Molly has been an Apprentice with Animas Valley Institute as a Soul-Oriented Professional and in SoulCraft Leadership . She is licensed as a Clinical Social Worker. Prior to her wilderness apprenticeship, her work has included extensive experience working with trauma, attachment, and recovering internal resources.
As she has wandered in wilderness areas, she has deepened her understanding and her passion for how all life moves toward balance and wholeness, toward life itself. Her focus continues to shift from pathology to what gives life, what calls life forward, what opens and sustains each of us. An integral piece of what she offers is her wisdom that is rooted in the breadth of her understanding and from tools, such as, EMDR, internal resourcing, dreamwork, poetry, earth-based resourcing, heartmath, Molly has the skills and ability to aid individuals in calming and soothing wounded places enough to move forward into connecting with inner resources, outer landscapes, and the nudgings of soul.
Molly’s work with poetry is one of her personal tools for self discovery and awareness. Speaking the poetry of many poets publically is a vehicle that Molly cherishes for reaching a larger audience with care, heart, inspiration, and allurement. Poetry is also a way in which she joins with another to aid them in going deeper into their own story and life. Poetry is a vehicle and a portal that Molly utilizes (for those who have an interest or an affinity with poetry) to gain personal understanding and insight. Poetry can be particularly helpful in working with stuck places in an individual’s life. Molly has studied with and been guided by Kim Rosen, author of Saved by a Poem.
Historically, her professional development has been, as any life, one of following shimmerings of interests and hungers:
Prior to her degree in social work, Molly was a Montessori guide working with young children ages 3 to 6 in a classroom setting. She went back to school for her social work degree, then she studied addiction counseling and worked as a drug and alcohol counselor, as well as with individuals and families living in homeless shelters. Recognizing the depth of the needs of the populations she worked with, she returned to school. She received her post graduate clinical training at Washburn University. In her first placement following graduate school, she worked with inmates who had high recidivist rates, histories of addictions, and most often histories of childhood abuse. Following her experience working with the inmate population, she worked at a local community mental health center. In 2004, Molly began a private practice.
Because of the persistent exposure Molly had working with individuals who had histories of significant trauma, she developed a strong desire for deeper understanding of the impact of trauma on the daily functioning of individuals, of the physiological impact of trauma on the body and on the brain. She pursued substantial exploration and training in effective treatment modalities for trauma. Congruent and interwoven in understanding the impact of the trauma itself is understanding the impact of early childhood experiences on an adult’s view of self, other, and world, as well as on the individual’s manner of functioning in the world. In addition to studying the impact of trauma and abuse, she also sought insight into the impact of early neglect on an individual’s view of self and world and on their daily functioning. Therefore, much of her previous work with individuals was to assist in heightening awareness and acceptance of each individual’s own strengths, gifts, and values. In addition, her work with an individual also focused on strengthening their ability to consistently make life choices that honor their own value system and their ability to pursue their own gifts and talents. Those skills, values, and insights currently underlay and support her work in guiding others toward their deeper callings.
Since a frequently experienced consequence of trauma or neglect is difficulty with relationships, Molly then became fascinated by the dynamics of relationships (such as, the relationship to self, the relationship to others, the relationship to the external world), as well as in how to verbalize and communicate effectively without aggression or threat to self or other. This hunger for deeper insight, for healing, for tools or skills to offer, ultimately, led her to the study of Compassionate Communication, the Right Use of Power and the Power Spiral (the work of Cedar Barstow), and ultimately to the Animas Valley Institute and Soulcraft. The insight and skills Molly gained through studies with Cedar Barstow in the Right use of Power and with Robert Gonzales in Compassionate Communication and her wilderness work through Animas Valley Institute in Soulcraft interweave throughout her work.
Molly’s involvement within her community has been varied. When initially entering into her practice, she offered free public presentations on the impact of abuse and neglect in early childhood attachment upon that individual’s current functioning as an adult. She volunteered for 5 years with a local company on a committee to review requests submitted to the employee benefit program for financial assistance to employees in unexpected financial hardships. She volunteered a series of groups on power, boundaries, shame, and personal power for women survivors of domestic violence. She was a member of the Sedgwick County Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalition for 10 years. She served for two years on the Board of Directors of the Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center. For 3 years she facilitated and co-facilitated multiple free will offering study groups locally and in Newton, KS on Compassionate Communication. She hosted for approximately 2 years a local practice group for Compassionate Communication. She has more recently offered poetry concerts and ceremonial practices at events calling for ceremony and deep honoring. She has offered and will continue to offer daylong or 2 day retreat gatherings for deepening connections with oneself and the earth.