Hey, there! I'm Cheyenne, a trauma-informed, LGBTQIA+ ally that works with people across the lifespan towards culturally-responsive healing.
Counselor in Aurora, CO
As a survivor myself, I understand the painful road to healing sexual violence causes. In order to approach healing, clients must go at their own pace in a safe environment where they feel the freedom to do so. This is what I work hard to provide by applying my knowledge on trauma in the body, the depression and major anxiety sexual violence can cause, and how to begin to rebuild ourselves through processing and skill-building together.
Experiencing loss is a normal part of being human. Many misconceive it as a fixed set of stages, but my speciality focuses on different ways in which we can learn to live with grief in a way that allows us to explore and express sorrow and anger, while finding empowerment and connection with what's been lost. It can feel like we are stuck in our journey with grief, but with the help of evidence-based practices, we can unclog and integrate our loss into our lives.
Over the last several years, I have dedicated myself to understanding and studying historical trauma across the lifespan and how to begin the path of healing. Doing my own work around what being Indigenous and Jewish means to me today, I have come to find that acknowledgement of the past, integrating our intersectional identities to accept the whole of who we are, and addressing systemic injustice are just a few major keys in accessing the resilience that is already within us.
As a multicultural person, providing a space that is not only trauma-informed, but culturally sensitive is vital to me as a mental health professional. I believe therapy not only should be culturally-sensitive, but creative in the ways we reach clients to make therapy accessible, meaningful, and impactful. By providing this space, I keep in mind I am not an expert on everyone's culture, while not expecting those to educate me so that they feel comfortable.
I have utilized CBT in my therapeutic practice for over three years, receiving trainings from several experts in the field. CBT is an amazing, evidence-based, wraparound approach to witnessing someone's core story and what beliefs they gained about themselves through their experience. Sometimes these beliefs can hold us back in career, relationship, understanding ourselves, and more. My expertise lies in exploring our inner negative beliefs to remove barriers to happiness in our lives.
A growing branch off of CBT, ACT is one of my favorite approaches. My expertise lies in finding acceptance with what we have or are experiencing, while finding inner initiative, power, and confidence in taking the reins of the course our lives take. Having received numerous trainings in this area, I have found ACT is the commitment to put yourself in the drivers seat and the empowerment to get back in when we have fallen off.