I believe that healing happens when we acknowledge, integrate, and transform all the parts of ourselves where pain and old wounds reside. I understand that our traumas and painful experiences don't just live in our minds; they live in our bodies as well. For this reason, my approach to therapy is always integrative. I pull from understandings of neurobiology, yoga, evidence-based treatment methods, and frameworks of anti-oppression and non-violence. Many of my clients report that after years of attempting to resolve their issues through sheer logic and willpower, it is ultimately only through holistic, mind-body work that they find meaningful healing.
Foundational to my clinical approach is my training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, a somatic treatment approach that engages the body to heal unresolved trauma, stress, and emotional pain. Sensorimotor Psychotherapy emphasizes mind/body/spirit holism, the intuitive relational alchemy that occurs between therapist and client, polyvagal theory's understanding of nervous system biology, and embodied attunement to the present moment. I also pull from various other therapeutic methods and healing practices, such as yoga, meditation and visualization, energy psychotherapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, mindfulness, emotional freedom technique (meridian tapping), and artistic/creative expression.
I hold a Master's degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Chicago and have trained at the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute. My areas of specialty include:
-Intimate partner violence
-LGBTQ+ identity and concerns
-Identity and self-esteem concerns
Both professionally and personally, I strive to be an ally to LGBTQ+ communities, communities of color, and all those who experience the trauma of marginalization. I believe that therapy shouldn't help people to better tolerate or feel okay with their own oppression. Rather, I support my clients in feeling whole and grounded enough to embody, love, and prioritize their authentic selves. And as Audre Lorde wrote: “caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.”