I am a trauma and relational therapist and bring in breath work, meditation, and body awareness as tools for healing and change. I use approaches informed by Gestalt Therapy, somatic work, Black Psychology, Liberation-Focused Healing Framework, Relational Therapy, EMDR, and Narrative Therapy. You don’t need to know what these are but if you are curious, they can show up in our work as:
- Shadow and parts work
- Body and breath awareness
- Metabolizing grief and pain/trauma
- Story telling/narrative work
- Grief work
- Relational work
- Anchors/self soothing skills/resource building/self-compassion work
- Experiments/chair work
- Personal power and responsibility
- Ancestral healing work
- Creative arts work
I approach my work rejecting the notion that therapy is apolitical. My sessions with clients have exemplified how the impacts of oppression (racism, sexism, trans-phobia, anti-Blackness, anti-semitism, ableism, classism, homophobia, etc.) are forms of trauma. They deeply inform who we are in the world, what we carry in our bodies, how we navigate relationships and healing, and what we assume about our lives.
I not only center the ways that oppression impacts us as marginalized people but invite in the ways to celebrate our identities and connect them with our history and forms of resistance as healing. I also explore how our privileged places keep us stuck and sick. I work with White clients to examine how our privilege has caused harm, cost us our full humanity, and made us disembodied and disconnected. We look at early messaging and ways to build a White racial identity that is rooted in disrupting how we uphold white supremacy in our lives today.