Prior to becoming a psychologist, I was trained as a midwife and assisted over 100 women have their babies. I witnessed profound psychic, social and emotional transformations. I became fascinated by the intersection between pain and growth, noticing again and again how windows of opportunity open in the most difficult times. I was struck by how the presence of a stable, calm mind affected the woman and her relationship to her labor. I discovered midwifery was essentially this: being-with pain without fear. I found myself called to “midwife” other processes, such as abortion and death. These experiences led naturally to becoming a clinical psychologist. As a psychotherapist I now assist people give birth to new parts of themselves. I hope to offer a calm and stable mind - that can remain present - in the presence of pain.