Hi! I specialize in Trauma Recovery and Harm Reduction. I have 20yrs of experience with diverse environments and individuals.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Plymouth, MI
Certified Addiction Informed Mental Health Provider, Trained in Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy
My career has been spent working towards reduced harm for all clients. That often requires out of the box and individualized thinking. Often, mental health treatment is given and it is required that a client fit into the modality to 'succeed'. Harm Reduction leads to more authentic and improved outcomes as it meets the person where they are at and builds upon small successes. It is an Empowerment-based practice utilizing one's own knowledge, skills and experience.
Specializing in Trauma Recovery, Complex PTSD, Neurodiversities and diagnosis often associated with these issues and unwanted feelings and behaviors that often result from previous traumas (intergenerational, cultural/systemic, workplace, relational, etc).
I specialize in women's issues because women are the backbone of any society. I see all persons who can benefit from my services, however, they must know I utilize a BIPOC feminist lens (I am white) as the center of my practice and methods.
We don't talk enough about unwanted behaviors, their root and their protective factors. I address any unwanted behavior, but I do specialize in alcohol use, as the opportunity for harm reduction has, sadly, not been fervently explored in our 'treatment' methods for this dis-ease. I'm well versed in multiple modalities and firmly adhere to choice being a primary factor in any recovery journey. A journey that must start with the individual, where they are at and what works for them!
Trauma is a far to underdiagnosed causal factor in many diseases. Given the DSM is a controversial tool, I aim to focus my practice from a trauma-focused and BIPOC-centered Harm Reduction lens to improve outcomes and honor the many alternative ways that healing is possible aside from simply taking a pill (although that is often helpful at times, it is and has never been a single solution).