How I work
There are many concepts I draw from and work with in my practice to create a process that is tailored to your healing needs.
Each person is unique, and I believe individuals have their own intrinsic knowledge of what is helpful and healing to them. I use a neuo-developmental, competency based and relationally oriented model with a queer, feminist, multicultural lens.
I take an Adlerian approach of walking alongside my clients as a guide in their personal process. To me, this means I blend a positive, person-centered and strengths-based approach in my style. I pair this with social justice work, cultural aspects, art, creative conversation, and blend in kind and thoughtful care and humor with my clients and students.
Art is used to support strengths and build resilliance. Personal artmaking intrinsically respects individuals’ cultural and self-expressive preferences, all the while creating meaning-making and new narratives post-trauma.
Below are a list of ideas and concepts that often come up in my work with clients and in art making.
Art allows the unspeakable to be spoken. Through art making we can enter into a flow state, which has a myriad of health benefits for all individuals, regardless of confidence or the myth of talent.
In knowing what we are capable of, we discover more agency and fluidity to move through challenges, interpersonal relationships, and nervous system responses finding more ease.
Trauma-informed Psychodynamic Approach
Using psychotherapy and psychodynamics, we identify emotions, behaviors and challenges together using an intersectional systems awareness and trauma-informed approach. We will consider resources create to do difficult things in our decision making for greater ease in life.
I hold a certification in an adaptive internalized relational model based in neuro-development and processing in the context of early and adolescent trauma. Through AIR Network resourcing internal system connections are strengthened in orbital and medial prefrontal brain fibers creating lasting and resilliant change.
Hard earned and often forged in fire, core identity leads to more ease and fluidity in the internal and external worlds and struggles, including decisions.
Creating Deeper Meaning
Through metaphor and meaning-making we can develop a concept of what is possible in our grief, loss, and painful past and feelings. This also can be a place for resourcing.
I endeavor to have an open, non-judgmental stance to life changes and transitions of all kinds. Movement is how we know something is alive and breathing, and curiosity helps us find what is true and deeply needed. Humans have been using the practice of sitting with deep presence as a form of healing for thousands of years.
Part of our anti-discrimination, anti-racist & anti-ableist orientation work is in understanding our own lineage and DNA ancestry. Part of this for many Americans is repairing ancestral debts and honoring ancestral blessings left behind. I endeavor to integrate decolonial, anti-oppressive, and liberatory praxis into our work.
Spiritual Grounding & Magic
Core values are essential for healing and growth. No matter your spiritual background, status, absence, or intellectual orientation, your beliefs are a part of your healing path and when explored can offer new supports and internal lasting infrastructure.
Storytelling and narrative is part of trauma healing, reparation and integration. This expression can use metaphor to enhance resilience and transform trauma narratives and allows us to explore, restructure, reframe and re-story loss.
Non-verbal creative personal practices can be empowering and life-affirming. Working with creative expressive art therapy we foster creative experimentation, expansion, and discover a new way of coping, relating, and thriving. This can be done in and out of session in ways that are meaningful to you.
Understanding Internal Responses
Internal dysregulation is a normal function of a healthy adaptable nervous system. When a body is faced with oppressive harmful systems an emotional pain response is healthy and understandable. Instead of "controlling" and "regulating", we will gently tend to your internal systems.
Queer Cross-cultural Approach
All people are impacted by the systems in which they (we) live and we balance risk and resilience factors in all paradigms outside of the dominant pervasive culture. When we dispel neuro-colonial habits, we take action and derive brilliance from our strong and ever-growing community until "your very existence is an act of rebellion" [A.Camus].
Our histories and often our DNA can offer truths and insights into our gifting, our needs, and our desires. Through acknowledging and honoring what is true in our selves, preference arrives. Way-finding helps us orient to our environment and create lives and pathways that make sense for us.