I am a Black, gender-fluid, Queer Intersectional Feminist and I offer a mirror and model for sitting in your Power and Authenticity.
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Costa Mesa, CA
The family bond is both sacred and delicate for some, while violent and confusing for others. My background working with different-looking families involves compassion, grace, and most importantly, boundaries. The generational patterns that make or break a family ran in your family until they ran into you. My focus is acknowledging what doesn't work and learn what does.
I work primarily with Racial Trauma and Privilege as it relates to your safety and identity. As an Intersectional Feminist Therapist, I bring all elements of identity, including Race and Ethnicity, into the therapeutic space in order to support with unlearning dangerous internalized racism, colorism and nationalism.
Alcohol and other Substances represent so many learned and familiar patterns that show up in your relationships. By utilizing compassion, curiosity and acceptance in place of shame, I will support you recognizing more sustainable methods of soothing your own unmet and valid needs.
You do not exist in a vacuum and therefore you are the way that you are in PART because of the system/environment raising you. Your family did the best they could AND it is quite probably your needs were still dismissed or completely ignored. I create space for your unhealed self to step into the room and grieve the childhood you should have had.
If you attract the same partner time after time or feel like you are stuck in a rut, you may be subconsciously perpetuating relationship patterns you learned a looooong time ago. Using Psychodynamic Therapy, I explore alongside you while you coax out the stuff that keeps you from moving forward.
Therapy originally was tailored to fit only cisgender, White men. Using cultural sensitivity, I tease out the helpful practices and interventions from antiquated theories while also incorporating social justice and Feminist approaches that empower the Masculine and Feminine to integrate and heal in a society that so often marginalizes what does not fit it's intended mold.