Not your average therapist. Disabled, chronically ill, fat, queer, female; intersectionality informs my work. Clients say: "You get it."
Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Vancouver, WA
Feminism and a commitment to social justice guide my work. I consult the DSM-5 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.
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 certainly possible, but the most important thing to remember is that the trauma was not your fault.
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 practice self-care.
Almost every client I've worked with has a chronic medical condition, including fibromyalgia, hydrocephalus, epilepsy, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, and many more. I have several chronic conditions myself. I know that it's not all in your head and that you would absolutely "snap out of it" if you could, but you can't.
We do not live in an accessible world, and this can be incredibly frustrating and exhausting. You are not the problems; ableism is the problem.