Feminist, disability-justice oriented therapist helping professional women who live with chronic illness and/or chronic pain in WA and OR.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Vancouver, WA
We do not live in an accessible world, and this can be incredibly frustrating and exhausting. You are not the problem; ableism is the problem.
I have six years of experience as a clinical social worker and a lifetime of experience as a medically complex/chronically ill/disabled person. Over the years, I’ve worked with dozens, if not hundreds, of clients who have unexplained chronic pain and/or other chronic illness symptoms, as well as list of medical conditions too long to include here.
I have extensive training and experience using the cognitive model (the idea that our thoughts affect our feelings and actions). Classic CBT says "the problem is not the problem. How you respond to the problem is the problem." And if you are experiencing discrimination at work because of your disability, you know that the problem is definitely the problem! However, CBT can still be helpful in learning to set healthy boundaries and to be kind to yourself.
I have extensive training and experience in trauma therapies, and there is still so much to learn. My goal is to help clients who've experienced trauma learn to feel safe and at home in their own skin. Healing is usually possible, at least to some degree, but the most important thing to remember is that the trauma was not your fault.
Feminism and a commitment to social justice guide my work. I consult the DSM and provide a diagnosis when appropriate (usually when you need to submit a superbill for reimbursement), but I find that more frequently the issues clients face are the result of systemic oppression rather than a personal problem.