Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Art Therapist, Ordained Minister of Spiritual Peacemaking, and Reiki Master.
Kaycie earned her Bachelors of Social Work (BSW) from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1994 and her Master of Social Work (MSW) in 1996. She earned her Post-Master’s Certificate in Art Therapy from the Art Therapy Institute in Dallas, Texas in 2005.
Kaycie was ordained as a Minister of Spiritual Peacemaking in 2008, through the Beloved Community in Ashland, Oregon.
As a therapist Kaycie has worked with children, teens and adults in in-patient psychiatric hospitals, partial hospitalization programs, group homes, a cancer center and in outpatient therapy settings. She was co-founder, with her friend and mentor Jane Avila, of an art therapy agency in Fort Worth, Texas, where she also served as Program Director, Vice-President and Vice Chair of the Board.
Kaycie began meditating in 2002 and in 2003 she began studying the healing art of mandalas with Judith Cornell, Phd. She was assistant to Dr. Cornell for a five day residential retreat “Mandalas, Circles of Healing” at The Crossings in Austin, TX in 2005. Kaycie had a one-person show of her mandala artwork at the When art gallery in Truth or Consequences, NM in 2006. She has led numerous workshops on creating mandalas for healing as well as workshops utilizing process art for self-growth and well-being.
Kaycie is also trained in energy healing modalities of Reiki, Quantum Touch and New Consciousness Energy Healing. And she has been using Flower & Gem Essences for her own wellbeing and for her family’s health since 2010. In 2011 Kaycie presented “Beyond Talk Therapy: Energy Medicine and Alternative Healing Modalities” at the Annual Conference of the Arkansas Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.
In 2005 Kaycie left Fort Worth, leaving her jobs and selling her house, to follow her inner guidance for a spirit quest that took her to Hindu ashrams, Buddhist temples and healing communities in New Mexico, Brazil and California.
In 2007 she returned to the corporate world which eventually led her to Little Rock, Arkansas. Here she found a Buddhist community and teacher to support her in deepening her spiritual study and practice.
During the year 2012 she spent 9 months in retreat in the high desert of New Mexico, in which 6 months were spent in silence in a meditation cave. She and her beloved, Jim Rush, married at the end of 2012 and Kaycie devoted herself full-time to her spiritual path, spending time in retreat at home and at retreat centers. She and Jim led meditation groups and taught classes on meditation, contemplative practices, and Buddhism in their home as well as led silent meditation retreats at Camp Mitchell on Petit Jean Mountain. In May 2018 Jim passed away from glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer.
From the sacred space of their home, Kaycie is now offering Contemplative Psychotherapy and Spiritual Mentoring to empower others to fulfill their highest potential.
Kaycie has received training in meditation techniques such as Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Non-Violent Communication, Compassion Cultivation Training, and Somatic Meditation. She participates in on-going training in Western and Buddhist Psychology to continue to deepen her understanding and skills.
A breif list of presentations & classes Kaycie has offered:
Exploring Difficult Emotions, a 2-part class using contemplative and somatic practices. Little Rock, AR
Foundations of Buddhism, a 4 week class, Little Rock, AR
The Four Noble Truths, a 4 week class, Little Rock, AR
The Eight-Fold Path, a 4 week class, Little Rock, AR
The Four Immeasurables, a 4 part class, Little Rock, AR
40 Days of Loving-Kindness, a 40 day on-line program providing daily instructional emails and guided meditations.
Peace, Love & Rock-n-Roll: Uncovering the Peaceful Heart During Times of Chaos, Ecumenical Buddhist Society, Little Rock, AR
Beyond Talk Therapy: Energy Medicine and Alternative Healing Modalities, Arkansas Chapter National Association of Social Workers Annual Conference, Little Rock, AR – 3 hr presentation
Spiritual Support Group, Little Rock, AR. A 10-week telephonic facilitated support group which included participants in the U.S.A and Canada
Women in Transition Group, Little Rock, AR. A 6-week group utilizing art, meditation, journaling and dialogue to assist women through life transitions.
Keeping a Youthful Mind, presentation for Arkansas Department of Health/In-Home Services: “Phase 8: Sr. Dynamics in the 21st Century”, Little Rock, AR
Raising Healthy Children When a Parent Has Cancer, Cancer Care Services, Fort Worth, TX
Ways to Approach God, Visualization, Mandalas and Art, Unity Church, Fort Worth, TX
Woman to Woman: Art Bras Workshop, Cancer Care Services, Fort Worth, TX
Creating Mandalas: Healing Self, Healing Others Workshop, The Art Station, Fort Worth, TX
Discovering the Peace Within, Mandala Workshop, Mental Health Association, Fort Worth, TX
Helping Children Express Themselves Through Art, presentation at Westcliff Methodist Church, Fort Worth, TX