Trauma is not limited to abuse in childhood, adulthood and acute traumatic experiences. It also includes more subtle forms of abandonment, betrayal, or relational conflict that currently impacts your ability to function fully. Trauma experiences also include psychological abuse and manipulation, systemic oppression due to color, race, sexual orientation or gender, and the effects of generational trauma. Your history does not define you and does not have to be a life sentence. As a trauma-informed clinician, I work with you through brain-based, body-based, and emotion-focused approaches to heal and thrive.
How I work
I might be your therapist, but I am also a fellow human, and approach therapy in an honest and relational way. I use humor, creativity, and a collaborative approach with you to achieve your goals. I’m warm, yet direct, and don’t pretend I know what is best for you.
My hope is to establish an emotionally safe and non-judgemental place for you to feel unburdened by expectations and get in touch with your most authentic self. Our work together will focus holistically on the body, mind, emotions, spirit, and cultural responses to stress to map a way toward healing. My clients notice their internal wisdom and innate strengths emerge as they begin this work.
I come from a trauma-informed strengths-based approach. This approach is based on the science and wisdom of the body, while using a compassion-focused framework to reduce shame, excessive guilt, and trauma-related responses. I integrate attachment science, systems theory, mindfulness practice, “parts work” of ego state therapy and Internal Family Systems (IFS), somatic approaches such as Brainspotting and sensorimotor psychotherapy, and emotion-focused therapy.
I believe that everyone, no matter race, gender identity, religious beliefs, creed, or economic status deserve the best mental health care possible (in addition to any health care and human rights)! That means a couple things: I keep myself honest with ongoing cultural, ethical and evidence-based education, as well as ongoing personal growth work.
Let’s do this, together.
Send me an email (or text me at 360-818-8322) and I will be in touch.