Frequently Asked Questions
characterized by comprehension of the parts of something as intimately interconnected and explicable only by reference to the whole
characterized by the treatment of the whole person, taking into account mental and social factors, rather than just the physical symptoms of a disease.
From the research I’ve done, nobody has used the term Life Doula as a job title; I get to be the first one! There are birth doulas, postpartum doulas and end-of-life doulas. In fact, as soon as I mention the word doula as my job title, most people seem to know exactly what that means, which makes it perfect. The title didn’t come to me easily, though, and I honestly struggled to find a good name for the kind of work I’m doing. Since I’m not a licensed therapist, I am unable to use certain words; and the title “Life Coach” didn’t resonate with me at all. Therefore, I am embracing the term “doula” because it seems to describe my work much more adequately.
For reference, a modern doula is defined as “a person trained to provide advice, information, emotional support, and physical comfort to a mother before, during, and just after childbirth.” The word doula is originally a Greek word and literally means “woman who serves,” or servant.
Since I am not attending births, I am using the word “Life” before doula to emphasize that I will assist you and support you throughout various stages of your whole life.
I am not a licensed therapist and do not accept insurance. Instead, I have set prices and offer a sliding scale fee structure to make my services more accessible. I currently accept various forms of payment: Square, PayPal, Venmo (@RocksteadyLife), cash, check, payment via invoicing, trade/barter, etc. Please contact me for more information about billing and cost of services.
Absolutely. The name “Holistic Family Services” is inclusive of all types of people. Whether you have your own family or not, you are part of a family. You are a child, sibling, cousin, aunt/uncle, parent, etc. If you have reached a point in your life where you need help or a dramatic change, I’m here to help you make that leap.
Each session is personally tailored to your specific needs. We might meet at my office for an hour or have a phone conversation for 20 minutes. If you want assistance with purchasing food, we would meet at the grocery store of your choice. Either way, it all depends on you and the services you need. The main goal is getting you back in balance and feeling empowered.
If you want to meet at my office, you will need to walk up two flights of stairs. Once you get to the top, there’s a small waiting area with water, tea and magazines to read while you wait. There are also bathrooms on each floor of the building.
Please let me know if you are bringing a child or children to your appointment. I have toys, books and coloring books available to keep them busy, but it’s a pretty quiet space. That being said, I am more than willing to meet at a park, playground or location of your choosing. We’ll make it work!
The initial consultation is a chance for you to tell me what’s going on in your life and what you’d like to change; this can be accomplished over the phone, by email, video chat or in person. If you decide to work with me, you’ll leave with plenty of information and resources, as well as some “homework” to complete for our next session. The first homework assignment is to fill out my Intake Form and build awareness in your daily life. We’ll also talk about your financial situation and what you can afford per session.
I have completed many training modules since Rocksteady opened and offer Reiki, some MNRI repatterning exercises (I’ve taken the Archetype course) and Trauma-Informed Yoga. I also just started a three year course to become a certified Somatic Experiencing Practitioner and have taken CranioSacral 1-4 through the Heartwood Institute.
In regards to your personal session, we might start the appointment with a short check-in before moving onto some energy work or body grounding exercises. If you’re interested, we can also explore some Somatic Experiencing techniques. You will always have art and writing materials, essential oils, Tarot and Oracle cards and sensory tools available if you meet me in-person at my office. There aren’t any hard and fast rules about what your session looks like, but we’ll always set an intention at the beginning of each appointment to make sure that your concerns and/or questions are addressed.
***Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, I am currently scheduling all sessions virtually and am unsure as to when I will resume in-person sessions. Therefore, you will need access to an electronic device to use either Zoom or FaceTime for your sessions.***
This is probably the most important question that anyone asks me. I’m not a traditionally trained dietician or a licensed therapist, which is important for some people. I believe that the life you live every day becomes your education and life experience supersedes your degree program.
I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease fifteen years ago and eliminated dairy and sugar from my diet three years ago. I also have uncommon food allergies, which make it even harder for me to eat outside of my home. When I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease, my doctor offhandedly told me to eliminate gluten because I had a genetic marker. He wasn’t quite sure if I’d ever develop it, but assured me that it was important to stop eating all of the food I was used to eating. It took almost two years to finally get the gluten out of my life. Nobody was familiar with Celiac back then and I found myself subsisting on hummus and corn chips. I had no idea what to eat and I had nobody to ask.
Today, it’s much easier to find gluten free food, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s any easier to change your diet. I’ve watched the evolution of that natural food movement and feel confident that I can help you and/or your family members navigate any type of dietary restriction. A word of warning, though, it’s hard. Family members and friends will either forget about the food restrictions or they will act as if it isn’t a big deal. I know this because I’ve lived it and have had to help my children live a gluten and dairy free life.
In addition to my life experiences, I have a Master’s degree in Publishing and Print Culture and have spent a large part of my life teaching. More recently, I’ve done all of the administrative duties for my partner’s web consulting business, Kline Drive, and operated as the Sales & Account Manager for our unsubscribe business, List Armor. Also, as I mentioned earlier, I’ve participated in many trainings and am working towards a certificate in Somatic Experiencing.
***As I’ve stated previously, I am currently offering virtual sessions and am not sure when I will resume in-person sessions. That being said, I still have a physical office in St. Paul.***
Rocksteady Life is located at 555 7th Street West in St. Paul, Minnesota. My office is on the third floor in a building full of holistic providers. There is a parking lot near my building, as well as on-street parking.
If you are riding the bus, you can take bus lines 54, 70 and 74. There is a bus stop right across the street from the 555 building.
The short answer is, yes! I am currently entering my final year in a three year Somatic Experiencing program and have spent most of my “pandemic time” taking online courses like Qigong and Ancestral healing, while completing an End of Life Doula training through INELDA. I am also reading many books on trauma, mind-body medicine, EFT tapping, the Presence Process, astrology and mindfulness. More and more, I find myself talking about incorporating more rituals in our lives and embracing spirituality and ancestral wisdom as pillars of support in sessions.