I do not view the symptoms that have led you to seek counseling as pathological. Rather than trying to find something that is wrong with you, I respect the ways in which your body, mind, and spirit may have adapted to survive and cope with difficult circumstances in the past. This adaptation to trauma, oppression, or hurtful past relationships may be emerging now in the form of anxiety, depression, relational struggles, overwhelm, confusion, agitation, or a sense of feeling lost in life.
I view the therapeutic relationship as an opportunity to rework and transform old patterns and adaptations that may be burdening you from the past. As these learned survival mechanisms and internalized oppressions emerge experientially in therapy, we will work together to allow them to relax and release. Through this process, I have witnessed many people awaken to a renewed sense of aliveness, liberation, and capacity for self-care and self-compassion. What was once confusing can then become clear through a trust in one’s own embodied knowing.
I believe that healing and transformation are possible for everyone, and that our human organism possesses its own innate process of regeneration and renewal. Often we lack the necessary trust in our relationships in order to facilitate this natural, organic capacity for change. I am deeply committed to working with you to create the safety needed for you to bring all parts of yourself forward in this sometimes difficult and challenging process.
I welcome everyone into my practice. I have worked with people with varied identities and relationships to class, gender, ethnicity, race, sexuality, ability, and size. I have also worked with people across the age span, from children to older adults. I am committed to continuing to educate myself and explore how our social positions, as they relate to privilege and oppression, impact our life experiences as well as the dynamics in the therapy room.