Helen is a certified death doula and meditation instructor. As a single mom suffering from chronic illness, Helen achieved a PhD and became an assistant professor. After six years of teaching, she left academia in order to devote herself to healing and to helping others to heal.
Helen has certifications in meditation, end of life care, and compassionate presence. She offers contemplative practices for facing death and dying and works with caregivers, those who are ill, those who are dying and all those who love them.
Helen has been meditating for over 35 years, focusing most recently on Buddhist approaches to meditation. In her work, she offers instruction in body-based practices to help individuals work directly with emotions and well-being within the body, embracing our human experience as a way to heal and grow.
She currently works with Pittsburgh Community Deathcare. She is the former director of the Three Rivers Free Clinic for the People and has held leadership roles at the Pittsburgh Shambhala Meditation Center. She currently teaches meditation at various locations around the city and upon request.