Trauma Healing Rooted in Liberation
I am a relational, IFS-informed EMDR therapist who supports folx with a lived experience of trauma to move through pain and discomfort, to heal brilliantly and unapologetically and to feel at home in their bodies.
I believe and practice that healing happens at the pace of the body, in relationship. I also believe, as adrienne maree brown says, that our pleasure is a measure of our liberation.
My healing style is somatic (meaning ‘in the body’) and some of my work looks like helping folx to breathe, to listen deeply to their whole selves and to develop more fluency with their hearts and bodies. I believe the best therapy will always invite your fullness into the room and that by working in the body and attuning toward our full selves we step into our healing.
In our work together I can help you:
-uncover and remember what is beautiful and whole about yourself
-attune and respond to the deep wisdom of your body
-make meaning of your (automatic/autonomic) brain and body reactions
-respond more flexibly when triggered, activated, flooded, frozen
-compassionately attend to shame and trauma responses
-increase your access to self-love, curiosity, compassion and integration
-deepen your capacity for presence with experiences that may now feel intolerable
-discover what healing looks and feels like in your body/mind/spirit/heart
My practice is deeply informed by the wisdom of Internal Family Systems which teaches us to compassionately understand our thoughts, emotions, behaviors and feelings as a response to systemic wounding and protection rather than the result of pathology. In this way, we work within your inner world by honoring and collaborating with your body’s protective system rather than fighting or overriding it. IFS is a beautifully queer healing lineage that invites the practices of deep witnessing, trust-building, nurturing and self-attunement (the relational practices of safety and love) to help us feel whole and free.
Among other healing modalities (there are so many ways that healing happens!), I practice IFS-informed EMDR: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. EMDR is a highly effective healing modality that helps us to sustainably metabolize past traumas and griefs instead of reliving them. Some people call this evidence based, I call it folk medicine–healing pathways that belong to you, are uncovered within the container of our relationship, that tap into your deep embodied knowingness of how to heal. EMDR works by catalyzing your body’s innate wisdom and deep capacity for healing and transformation. It is both magic and science.
My healing framework is explicitly trauma-informed, anti-racist, queer/trans-affirming, fat/body positive, anti-oppressive and liberatory. I recognize the continuous harm caused by structural racism and settler colonialism and support relational, reparative justice movements, the movement for black lives and white folks leveraging their unearned/unjust privileges to dismantle white supremacy and structural racism. I orient my healing work with the awareness that I practice social work on colonized land, belonging to Indigenous communities and First Nations peoples. For me, this is most often the land of the Duwamish Tribe and Coast Salish peoples.
Healing and Liberation are your birthright. In our work together, I hold a generative container that welcomes and invites your healing, growth, liberation and transformation while supporting you in becoming your freest, brightest self. If in reading this you feel a curiosity, a hunger, a resonance, a “hell yes” or a “that can’t possibly be me,” send me an email.
Healing is our Birthright (a reading list)
“When we commit to love in our daily life, habits are shattered.
We are necessarily working to end domination.” -bell hooks