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My name is David.

I am an Intimacy Coach and Death Doula.

As an Intimacy Coach, I help people create more connection, flow and ease in their lives. I guide clients to align with their inner wisdom through embodiment practices, self-inquiry and conscious presence. Learn more...

As a Death Doula I help people prepare for their transition from this world with presence and compassion. Learn more...

"Working with David has been an absolute joy... I have had the opportunity to tune into my body and actually listen, thanks to his gentle guidance and reflections. Using hypnotherapy, meditations, somatic breathwork and specific mantras, I feel a deep shift in my understanding and love for myself." 
 - Dana H. 

What is an Intimacy Coach?

Intimacy is the art of knowing someone deeply. This can mean intimacy with self, intimacy with another, or intimacy with The Divine.

I empower individuals to feel more confident and connected in their lives by helping them explore and understand their desires, needs, boundaries, and wounds. Through dialog, embodiment exercises, presence, and compassion we start an inward spiral of knowing that leads to healing, connection and love.

I assist couples and polycules that are looking for more connection and depth in their relationships. I facilitate this using a range of tools from conscious communication techniques to embodied connection practices and more. 

What are Embodiment Practices?

Embodiment practices are exercises or movements that involve body, breath and mindfulness. They come from Yoga, Tantra, QiGong and Somatic Experiencing.

Why are they important?

Our trauma, our emotions, our pain our patterns are all stored in the body. The mind is a wonderful tool, but it's ill suited for healing trauma and wounds. For that we need to move, feel, release and integrate.

How does this help me heal?

Our minds tell us stories, but our bodies hold the truth. Often we make an identity out of our pain. Our ego then actively works against healing, because healing our pain feels like an attack on who we are. By letting trauma be gently felt and released, by flooding it with love and compassion, we let go of its grip and our wounds begin to heal. The process of working with the body is a process of knowing your truth, beyond your stories. The more you know your truth, the more intimate you become with yourself. 

What are your qualifications?

I have been studying Tantra for over 15 years. I have been initiated into Tibetan Dzogchen, Kashmiri Shaivism and Ipsalu Tantra.

In addition to my Tantra education, I am certified in Hypnosis and Regression Therapies, Qi Gong Healing, Yoga & Meditation Instruction and Death Doulaship. Learn More...

What does a session look like?

All sessions begin with a grounding meditation and in invitation to feel into what is alive for you. From there we co-create a session together based on your needs, desires, boundaries and comfort level. Sessions can be done in-person or over Zoom.

“David has provided me with effective tools and techniques that have changed my day-to-day life significantly for the better and given me a future without crippling anxiety. I truly feel that I have gotten to the root cause of my anxiety and been able to move forward from a lot of the trauma that was causing my issues. Thank you David for your incredible skill, support, and empathy!” 

- Gemma Y.

Death Doula

What is a  Death Doula?

A Death Doula, or End-of-Life Doula, is someone who is trained to support people through their end-of-life process.

What does a Death Doula do?

As a Death Doula, I provide compassionate guidance and companionship to individuals and their families as they journey through the end-of-life process. My aim is to ensure that each person's final chapter is filled with comfort, peace, and the utmost respect for their wishes. Together, we create a deeply meaningful and personalized experience that honors the beauty of life until the very end.

I provide companionship and reflection for those who are dying with empathetic listening and compassionate presence. I provide solace for grieving loved ones. I help with living wills, advanced directives and I advocate for the dying when they can no longer speak for themselves. I assist with end of life care planning. I help people create legacy projects. I help people envision how they would like to die and work to bring that vision to fruition.

When should I connect with a Death Doula?

Anytime is a good time to consult with a Death Doula. Consulting a Death Doula is not giving up on life. It is reaching out to a trained professional for help through a difficult time. You don't have to be actively dying to work with a Death Doula. Living Wills, Advanced directives and openly talking about death and dying are all important things to do for everyone.

What Does it Cost?

It all depends on how involved you want me in the process. I provide everything from individual sessions to custom packages that could include things like end-of-life care planning, regular visits, legacy project creation, and holding vigil during the final days. I provide sliding-scale pricing because I believe these services should be universally available.

What are your qualifications?

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I was certified as a Death Doula through the International End-of-Life Doula Association, under the instruction of Henry Fersko-Weiss, one of the pioneers in the field. Hudson Valley Hospice paid for my training and I volunteered with them for a year before moving back to CT.

"I would highly recommend David. He is very knowledgeable about how the subconscious mind works and what is needed to make change happen in your life. What I loved most was how fast the change came. Where therapy had taken years, this change was almost instant."

- Jonathan H.

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