Diplomate Certification: In February, I earned my Diplomate Certification through the Upledger Institute. The Institute awards two types of certifications: The Techniques certification and the DIplomate certification. To be eligible for the Diplomate, one must be Techniques Certified and completed the CranioSacral Therapy core curriculum of five courses with the Upledger Institute. Rigorous studying, preparation, presentation, written exam, internship, practical exam and publication follows. I would not have been able to accomplish this goal had it not been for my clients, mentors, instructors, the great team at the Upledger Institute and colleagues. Your guidance and encouragement meant the world to me. Thank You!
Professional Development and Education
Class 1: CST and Working with Chronic Depletion - This class focused on how to identify clients with chronic depletion. Even though it seems logical that most clients who seek CST will be “chronically depleted”, I was introduced to some neat tricks in assessment and treatment to really target and help facilitate healing for those with chronic depletion. Chronic Depletion is often found among those who have lived with long-term stress from varying or multiple sources. The client has often tried many modalities, but nothing has helped. The techniques get to the heart of dysfunction in a very gentle and efficient manner.
Class 2: CST Presentation Tools - I was thankful to be able to get into this class. The presenters class has helped prepare me for my presentation on Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes for the Upledger Institute conference, Beyond the Dura, being held in Palm Beach, FL in April, 2019. Additionally, through this class, I became a certified presenter for a few types of CST classes; Intro to CST, Overview of CST and ShareCare Classes. Hopefully, I will be able to host a couple of these this year.
TA-ing - Some of you might know that I am a certified teaching assistant for the Upledger Institute CranioSacral Therapy curriculum. I am certified to TA all five levels. This past year I had the honor of TA-ing for CST II, in Cromwell, CT in March. Writing this, I realize that I need to TA a little more this year :)! TA-ing helps me keep up-to-date on curriculum changes and reinforce my knowledge and education. There’s usually a few nuggets of wisdom that take away and integrate into my life and practice after each opportunity to assist.
Comprehensive Therapy Programs - For the past three years, I have been a therapist for Upledger’s CTP program. This program brings together therapists and clients for 5 consecutive days. Each client has a team of two-four therapists every day. Each day the client gets a new team and therapist teams are rotated. There are two, 2.5 hour sessions each day with the option of aquatic CranioSacral Therapy and Equine Assisted CranioSacral Therapy (both really cool). I will be attending the CTP in Indiana, for the third time, in June 2019. It is a great learning experience and incredible honor to witness clients grow, transform and heal during the week. If you would like to learn more about these programs, please visit and contact Integrative Intentions, an affiliate of the Upledger Institute and steward of Dr. Upledger’s comprehensive programs. In addition to general CTP’s, you can opt for programs for concussion, PTSD, Veterans of War and everyone’s favorite, Dolphin Assisted CranioSacral Therapy held in the Bahamas. Tell Kat and Maia I sent you!