I believe that systems of oppression such as White supremacy are making us all sick, generation after generation. Non-profits, philanthropy, medical establishments, psychotherapy, schools, and spiritual spaces all uphold these systems. In collaboration with colleagues of color, I work with organizations and leadership to discover how to dismantle these systems of privilege and begin to build spaces where healing is central and marginalized communities, particularly BIPOC communities, are centered, feel safer, and thrive.
As a White person, I do this work primarily with other White people.I believe that White individuals need to do their own race work first before they can do meaningful cross-racial work. I offer this support. My approach comes out of my therapy and embodiment backgrounds. I believe that anti-racist work is more powerful and sustaining if it starts with White folks unlearing, deconditioning, and healing, which feeds into truer accountability and action. I believe there are aspects of internalized racism that live in our bodies, outside of our awareness, yet inform how we lead, create programs, provide services, raise money, and do relationships. Ultimately it is about shifting power and resources, but it is hard to do this when you do not understand the systemic and personal barriers deliberately in place to maintain White Supremacy. There is a difference between appreciating diversity and recognizing oppression and abuse of power and giving some real things up. I help clients learn this difference.