A Bit About Me
I enjoy working with folks who are ready to center joy in their life. Although you have lived through difficult life experiences, and some of those experiences may be ongoing, you know that there is a way to live that includes richness and depth. Joy is the undercurrent of well-being. Joy is rest, play, curiosity, creativity, and connection.
You recognize that while some of your coping strategies have helped you survive, they are no longer serving you in creating a life that you want to live. You are ready to do the work of healing and know that work may include making difficult changes in your life.
Together, we will create a healing pathway that centers your cultural and spiritual traditions and builds on your natural resiliency.
If this does not align with where you are on your life journey, I honor that place in your journey, and want you to know that I will not be the best fit for your needs.
My Commitment to Decolonizing Mental Health
Our current mental health system was developed and reinforced by a group of wealthy, white men, which does not serve anyone, including white folks. This system diminishes the value of cultural healing practices and pathologizes the mental health of Black Indigenous People of Color.
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.
Racism, homophobia, sexism, and other forms of systemic isms will be talked about in this space. The impact of these forms of oppression and the impact on your life, even if you are a white person, will be discussed and validated. I know that if you grew up in an environment where you were affirmed and valued and had access to equal opportunities, you might not be seeking out therapy.
As a white, cis, hetero woman, I am constantly having to evaluate my privilege and how it differs from the experiences of the folks I work with. I attend lectures and workshops and actively participate in a learning space to put these skills into action. 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.
I have twenty years of experience as a social worker, with over ten years working with survivors of trauma, mainly survivors of domestic violence. I have also partnered with many families as they navigated the complexities of the child welfare system. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, with a Bachelor and Master Degree in Social Work.
I am certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and also utilize mindfulness, somatic (body-centered), nervous system awareness, and cognitive behavioral techniques in my work.
The folks that I specialize in working with are:
-Survivors of trauma, specifically domestic violence, sexual assault, and adult survivors of childhood abuse
-Helping professionals, including social workers, therapists, caseworkers, health care professionals, educators, etc.
I work with folks ages 18 and older.