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Psychotherapy

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:

-Trauma

-Sexual assault/abuse

-Intimate partner violence

-Attachment concerns (i.e. feeling insecure or avoidant in relationships)

-Spirituality

-LGBTQ+ identity 

-Relationship/family concerns 

-Anxiety

-Depression 

-Identity and self-esteem concerns 

-Work/life stress


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.”

 

Based out of Chicago, IL - Ravenswood Neighborhood

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