Clients I Connect With
I know that if you were raised in an environment and/or currently lived in an environment where you were loved, affirmed, and valued, then you probably wouldn’t be looking for a therapist (inspired by Thea Monyeé).
I specialize in working with:
Who I Am as a Therapist
The most challenging work of being in therapy is often the work that you will do outside of our time together, as this often requires a new way of moving through your world. You might have to examine some old patterns of surviving, shift relationships, set boundaries for yourself, prioritize your well-being. That rich work requires a lot of support.
To support you with that work, I want to co-create a space that allow us to: examine old or current wounds, understand your nervous system and build resiliency in your body to feel more settled in every day life, develop coping skills that feel nourishing, explore healthy boundaries, and encourage connection with the wisdom of your spiritual and cultural lens.
From a therapeutic framework, I am guided by somatic (body-centered) interventions, mindfulness, and EMDR. As the client, this is your healing work, and you have agency to determine what feels most congruent for you.
I have twenty years of experience as a social worker, with over ten years working with survivors of trauma, mainly survivors of domestic violence. My work in the field has varied from individual to community based work, in government and non-profit spaces. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, with a Bachelor and Master Degree in Social Work.
The continuing education and training that I participate in are an important aspect of being an effective therapist, and I recognize that the most important aspect of working together is that you feel connected. Resmaa Menakem frames this best, “Your body, of course, does not give a damn whether a practice is ancient or modern, secular or religious, proven or unproven. It just wants to experience safety and security.”
Our World Impacts our Lived Experiences
My intention is to create a space that centers all of your multiple identities: race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, etc. Your many identities and your cultural and spiritual healing practices are valued here. Additionally, racism, homophobia, transphobia, sexism, and other forms of harmful systemic isms will be openly talked about in this space.
Part of our work together is exploring the impact of this white supremacist, patriarchal, capitalist delusion (ref. Sonya Renee Taylor) that we are currently experiencing. Yes, even if we hold privilege, like my fellow white folks. Often our experience of trauma is compounded by the harm of living today in a culture that diminishes our humanity and devalues collective care for each other.
I know that this work of self-examination of our own biases and how we hold privilege can feel uncomfortable for us holding various forms of privilege. Often, we have never been asked to examine these parts of ourselves, which is by design. We will approach this work with curiosity and compassion.
My Commitment to Justice and Equity
Part of my commitment to dismantling oppressive systems is actively learning and participating in workshops to examine my own identity and bias as a white, cis, hetero woman and our greater construct, supporting the work of organizations that prioritize the mental health needs of BIPOC and LGBTQIA folks, volunteering for causes that create equity, and redistributing wealth to folks that have intersectional identities that experience oppression.
As a person with privilege, I will get this wrong. I will apologize, take accountability, and learn. The burden of my learning is not your responsibility, this is my work to do outside of our sessions