Partner with Lynette
Handling shifting tides? Walking the road of mental health recovery? Profound transformation?
These are all plot twists I’ve experienced in my life. I bet you’ve experienced your own too.
I share my lived-experience of traumatic transitions, rebirth, and reinvention through engaging, thought-provoking, and down-to-earth stories.
My presentations are full of helpful takeaways your audience can apply to their everyday lives and circumstances.
We are all walking stories still to be told and ever unfolding as we encounter new plot twists in our lives and the larger world we live in.
Let me help you, your team, or clientele tap into creative ways to find authenticity, inner authority, and the audacity to live free with my practical and empowering presentations and interactive workshops.
Organizations I’ve Presented For:
- Global Women 4 Wellbeing (GW4W)
- WELCOA (Wellness Council of America)
- HEALTHCARE ЯEVOLUTION® and Global Healthcare Resources
- Beacon Hill Friends House
- Woolman Hill Retreat Center
And many more.
My Signature Speaking Topics
The ABC Method to Managing your Mental Health as a Leader
Being a leader is an exceptional responsibility. But with more responsibility comes less “you” time. You become so focused on your team that you unintentionally forget to take care of your mental health, which can lead to burnout and other stressors.
During this presentation, I talk about the ABC Method (Assess, Balance, Connect) for managing your mental health as a leader.
The main takeaway from this presentation is: Don’t be afraid to use tools to manage your mental health. Whether that’s mood trackers, notebooks, or video conferencing, technology is an asset that can help us take care of our mental and emotional wellbeing.
The Role of Spiritual Friendship in Mental Health Support
Faith-based communities have stigmatized mental illness for so long that many are wondering how to start offering care for those struggling with mental health challenges. Supporting loved ones doesn’t require a professional license in mental healthcare … you just need to be a friend.
During this presentation, I talk about the need for spiritual friendship; how to make time to hold space with one another; and ways to support friends going through rough times – without burning yourself out in the process.
The main takeaway from this presentation is: To bridge the gap between spiritual community and mental health care. Where two or more are gathered, there is room for healing and grace. Opportunities abound to love on one another.
Mental Health in Career Transition
Going through a career transition can be stressful. It’s easy to wrap our identities up in job titles and positions. When that happens, it becomes more difficult to not fall into thinking traps and mirrored choices and behaviors.
During this presentation, I talk about the 4 Cs (Compassion, Courage, Connection, and Care) to better position yourself so you cultivate an abundant mindset and live out your resiliency story as you grow through career changes.
The main takeaway from this presentation is: To equip yourself with coping skills for the emotional highs and lows that come with change. I’ll guide your audience through those emotions so they can make informed decisions as they transition from one stage of life to the next.
Crying With Your Pen: How Expressive Writing Can Heal Religious (and Other) Traumas
When turning to the church or other faith-based communities for help, it is incredibly devastating to experience hurt, betrayal, and disappointment via the treatment received from the less than perfect people we encounter – including the leadership team.
During this presentation, I talk about the power of expressive writing; the proven methods I’ve personally used to heal my own religious (and other) traumas; and different ways to continue healing trauma after completing the writing exercise.
The main takeaway from this presentation is: To finally release bitterness and grow from “hurting to healing to helping” by offering yourself permission to grieve, and having the courage to tell your story in a safe place using a research-based healing resource.
How a Self-love practice can reduce your chances of having Emotional Meltdowns.
Self-love isn’t selfish. You can’t pour from an empty cup. And taking care of yourself first is actually your gift to others.
During this presentation, I break down how self-love empowers us to offer more compassionate care to others.
The main takeaway from this presentation is: There are different branches that make up our self-love tree. Nurture them by learning to track whether you’re just having a “bad” day or not. I help your audience reimagine ways to build emotional roller coaster resilience.
Your creativity set free.
Sometimes speaking events can constrain your voice. A Courageous Space is an intimate gathering where you are free to share personal narratives and explore practices that generate healing, restorative meaning making, and make internal shifts that fuel your engine to drive the change you desire to see in yourself and be in the world.
To accomplish this, I facilitate small group experiences:
Expressive writing * Self-compassion * Spiritual deepening
Groups can be customized as one day workshops or up to 6-8 week session programs.
My goal for Courageous Spaces is to accompany and witness you as you compose the story that is your life.
Sample Spiritual Deepening Group Experience
First We Dance, Then We Write.
Sitting still in silence to wait on the Divine to whisper messages we can then give voice and meaning to is one of many spiritual practices. Sometimes, getting quiet enough to hear in-spired revelation doesn’t look like the cessation of sound and movement.
In this embodied approach to prayer, we’ll be combining praise postures such as Barak, Yadah, and Towdah with music, deep reflection, and writing to connect with the Divine as our dance partner, leading guide, and constant companion in life.
Sample Expressive Writing Group Experience
Poetic Recovery: Your Write Path to Healing
Struggling with addiction, codependency, or the affects of living with dysfunctional family dynamics? Looking for a way to reconnect with yourself and a community that encourages healing and growth?
In this creative, experiential, and complementary approach to recovery treatment, we’ll be exploring the use poetry and reflective writing as a way to acknowledge and release feelings and emotions that keep us from moving forward in our healing journeys.
Background and Training
Professionally, I’ve worked in various positions in the fields of behavioral health, addiction treatment, human resources, digital marketing, and administration. I eventually found my heart work in writing, mental health and soul care ministry, and social entrepreneurship. What my paper trail won’t tell you is that my work didn’t feel truly purposeful until I integrated a strong spiritual foundation.
My faith journey has been multifaceted and quite ecumenical. I’ve been in communion with The Religious Society of Friends since 2016 and am a member of Ujima Friends Meeting and Peace Center. For a short stint, I was unaffiliated and religiously spiritual (rather than spiritual but not religious). Formerly, I’ve served in the diaconate and on various performance arts ministries in the Baptist tradition, and have a family background in the Methodist and Holiness-Pentecostal denominations. I also attended Catholic school. I enjoy interspiritual bridge-building dialogue and strive to hold a welcoming space for people of all faith backgrounds and racial, ethnic, gender, sexual orientation, physical abilities, and other identity expressions.
I’m currently in formation with a contemporary, ecumenical community of women religious discerning a vocation for vowed consecrated life.
Theologically speaking, I find the most resonance with the writings of Dr. Monica Coleman, Rev. Wilda C. Gafney, Ph.D., Dr. Christena Cleveland, and Dr. Katie Cannon.
As a follower of The Way, Yeshua is my primary teacher, a constant guide and friend in my life.
The Path of Love which I travel is full of mystery, beauty, and awe. I find traveling companions in the mystics such as St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross, Rumi, Sojourner Truth, and Howard Thurman.
- Seminarian working towards an MA in Theopoetics and Writing at Earlham School of Religion (completed coursework with practicum in Spiritual Direction)
- Trained in Expressive Writing (as developed by James W. Pennebaker, PhD) ongoing mentorship and guidance from writing clinician, John F. Evans, Ed.D
- Completed Facilitator training with the Institute for Poetic Medicine
- Completed coursework in Expressive Arts Therapy with a focus on Journal and Poetry Therapy
- Certification of completion in Mental Health First Aid
- Completed NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group Facilitator training
- Completed Wellness Recovery Action Plan – WRAP: for work training
- BA in Sociology from Rutgers University