We all were born with worth. Perhaps you forgot that over the years, or rarely feel that way at all. Maybe you do feel a sense of worth in some situations, but not in others. I am here with you to connect more to that feeling of worth both within, and in community. It would be an honor to accompany you on your healing path.
As a trauma psychotherapist, I specialize in working with clients around relationship issues and attachment, in particular supporting adults who are survivors of complex trauma, like childhood abuse and neglect, and intimate partner violence by helping them reconnect to their inner wisdom, sense of wholeness, and who they wish to be outside of their trauma responses.
I use an integrative approach to therapy that includes the following interventions:
Brainspotting is a powerful intervention created by David Grand that utilizes the following concepts: where you look affects how you feel, we all have the power within to heal, and how the deeply attuned presence of another positively effects trauma processing. Click here to learn more about Brainspotting. I am a Certified Brainspotting practitioner.
Trauma-Informed and Healing Centered Psychotherapy
Being a survivor of trauma is unfortunately quite common. So is feeling utterly confused and frustrated by the symptoms. Many oppressive aspects of society that negate any or all aspects of one's identity are all traumatizing. I work with clients on increasing the capacity to connect more with oneself in an integrated way so that all aspects of the self are represented: the intellectual, the emotional, and the physical. The opposite often occurs during and after trauma, where parts of ourselves are suppressed and compartmentalized. These reactions are understandable and necessary for survival, but do not have to be the only responses.
Complex trauma is defined as chronic interpersonal trauma experienced in relationship, for example by a caregiver or romantic partner. I am a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) and am in the process of becoming a Certified Complex Trauma Practitioner (CCTP II) through a program taught by respected and regarded trauma expert, Janina Fisher, PHD (estimated completion date Spring 2023).
To also be healing centered means understanding that people are more than just their trauma story. Despite what anyone has experienced, everyone has numerous strengths, dreams, and the capacity and desire to experience joy and pleasure. Being healing centered also acknowledges that oppressive systems instill collective trauma in communities and that an important way to heal is to be in relationship and community with others, in ways that feel good for us. I take an anti-oppressive stance in supporting the BBIPOC community, and create opportunities for processing systemic trauma while holding space for nourishment.
Being a human in the world can be difficult and painful, and each person’s experience is unique. Inner healing is a lifelong endeavor and can help increase one’s capacity to navigate life’s complexity. As we heal within, we then are able to trust ourselves, be present with trusted others, ask for and give support, and expand our sense of community to begin healing collectively. The techniques that I use that are focused on inner healing include:
Reiki, which is described as applied meditation and a passive way to experience relaxation. I am a Reiki Level II practitioner and offer distance Reiki sessions
Encouraging rest as a way to connect to ancestral roots, heal, and fight oppression, as inspired by the work of Tricia Hersey, founder of The Nap Ministry
Becoming Safely Embodied (BSE) skills which are attachment-based, trauma-informed tools to help manage feelings of overwhelm, which I learned from one of my teachers Deirdre Fay