When you survive childhood neglect and/or emotional, physical or sexual abuse, your life can be profoundly impacted. If you have never sought therapy, or have not had a trauma-informed therapist, you have likely been struggling with the anxiety, hopelessness, and sense of chaos on your own for a long time. You do not have to do this by yourself. Having a supportive guide who is trained to help you carry and lighten the load can be life-changing.
I am a therapist committed to guiding you through the healing process from a trauma-informed, strength-based perspective. This means a couple of things. First, that our sessions always include practicing the skills, tools, and innate capacity you have (even if you don't know you have it!) to feel calm, grounded, and connected. Second, that we do more than just tell the story of what happened. We work together to make sure that your body, mind and spirit can incorporate new experiences of safety and empowerment that you did not have at the time. This approach leaves you feeling as though what happened is truly in the past.
My training includes somatic psychotherapy approaches learned throughout a specialty graduate program, with post-graduate training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and Brainspotting, and ongoing training in the treatment of complex trauma and dissociation through a monthly master class. I also attend trainings and regularly participate in ongoing learning to make sure that my clinical practice is welcoming and competent to address the traumas experienced by those who have experienced violence and/or systemic oppression due to racism, ableism, anti-LGBTQ oppression, anti-fat bias, and gender-based discrimination.