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my therapeutic approach
In short, I’m not here to pathologize you, tell you what’s broken, or tell you why you’re wrong. A relational-cultural approach to therapy means I value a relationship between you and I that is as equitable as possible, and one that moves you toward a life that resonates with your definition of personal, social, and political empowerment (rather than a life built on who I think you should be). In addition, knowing that our relationships and communities are central to our wellbeing, relational-cultural therapy means we’ll put lots of energy into building your connectedness with others and expanding your networks of care, kinship, and support.
FEMINIST /SOCIAL JUSTICE
It’s important to me as your therapist to be accountable to the power dynamics and social systems that inform our relationship and the way you move through the world. Using a feminist/social justice approach means I’m interested in working with an understanding of the roles that oppression takes in our lives and our healing, including the impact of racism, classism, cissexism, heterosexism, and other sources of inequity.
On my end, this means routinely engaging in self-accountability measures to ensure I’m aware of how my position in the world influences our work together. Together, this means I will support you in your entitlement to move through the world in whatever body, self, and community feel like home, in your ability to endure and resist the forces of power, control, and judgment in society, and in your right to be safe. And outside of our time, I will tirelessly advocate for your right to thrive.
There are as many types of trauma as there are symptoms of trauma. Negative events and experiences often stay with us long beyond the traumatic moment itself, showing up throughout our daily lives and impacting our ability to feel secure and be present in our world. Using a trauma-informed lens means that we’ll work together to build an awareness of the ways that our trauma can shape our physiological, interpersonal, and emotional experiences, and working through these symptoms of trauma to reclaim a sense of groundedness in our everyday lives.
EMDR (EYE MOVEMENT DESENSITIZATION & REPROCESSING
EMDR is a process used to access different brain sequences to alleviate symptoms associated with trauma. Though not for all people, EMDR has proven to have positive outcomes in the processing of facts and feelings in our brain – processing events that, despite what we might assume, occur in different areas of the brain. Using EMDR enables many for whom talk therapy is insufficient to identify and work through our intellectual and emotional responses, process past experiences, and begin to heal.
I believe that we all have the wisdoms that we need, and that our bodies do too. Somatic Experiencing is a neuroscientific approach to relieving and resolving symptoms of trauma, PTSD, stress and anxiety. Somatic experiencing explores trauma’s impact on the nervous system and provides a window to locate the inherent wisdom in your body and return you to that as a source of support.