- Medication Management
I work with clients with a range of goals related to their substance use, from a trauma informed perspective. I can work with clients pursuing abstinence, moderation, harm reduction, or seeking to process beneficial aspects of their substance use, particularly related to cannabis, ketamine, or psychedelics. For the past 5 years I have been director of the harm reduction counseling program for Chicago Recovery Alliance.
Sensorimotor therapy is a "bottom up" therapy focused on movement, bodily sensation, and sensory perception. Powerful emotional experiences and traumas carry a bodily memory that is not easy address with talk therapy alone, which is what sent me in pursuit of a certificate in this approach. Sensorimotor therapy also combines well with mindfulness-based approaches, which I began studying 15 years ago.
Without adequate cultural competence, it is difficult to accurately understand others and recognize our own biases. I invite you to incorporate any aspects of your identity into counseling so that our work can be holistic and maximally healing. I wrote my dissertation on the topic of multicultural competence, regularly teach a graduate level multicultural counseling course, and approach all topics with culture and context in mind.
I am able to approach PTSD from a holistic perspective, integrating mind-body-environment-spirit as appropriate to your needs and wishes.
My approach to substance use is harm reduction, which is a humanistic approach that accepts your goals regardless of what they may be. This may include safer use, moderation, abstinence, processing your drug experiences, or goals unrelated to your substance use.
Depression is often a downstream consequence of earlier issues related to emotion management, trauma/attachment issues, or cultural/contextual issues. I will help you explore the root causes while also developing practical tools for navigating depression.