About Irene

And Pathways To Personal Growth

Thank you for taking the time to come to my web site. Let me introduce myself.

I am Irene Tomkinson. I hold a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work. I am a teacher and writer and an alternative body-centered therapist. I have a counseling practice. David and I have owned and operated Pathways to Personal Growth our retreat and counseling center for 25 years. Our work is based on the belief that we human-beings bury our emotional pain and trauma not only in our sub-conscious but also literally in our bodies.

I see therapy as a process with a beginning, middle and end. It is a process that is meant to bring us home to our stories in such a way that we learn how our stories impacted us, what we choose to do with the impact and recognize how this impact (our history) is running our present life.

The more we are conscious of our legacy the more we are empowered to live our lives from choice. We have options. We are no longer at the mercy of our imbedded history.



When I was in graduate school my research professor suggested we investigate something that would be personally challenging. At that time nothing challenged me more than my relationships with my daughters who were 31 and 32. “Think of a question that you frequently ask yourself,” he instructed. Immediately I thought,

“Parenting, when is the job done? When does it get easy?”

Initially, I dismissed my questions. I convinced myself I was joking. But the more I thought about it the more I knew I was dead serious. I hated admitting it but parenting for me was a frustrating experience.

From these questions sprung my research which blossomed into my workshops and then finally my book. I am enjoying the journey. My writing has called me to grow in ways that no other path could have taken me. I continue to be blessed with more and more wonderful people entering my life through the book and workshops. People like you. And the best part…my relationships with my daughters is better than I ever imagined possible…because my relationship with myself has healed.

I would love to hear from you.