Liberation-based healer & practitioner of the relational neurosciences. I work at the intersection of oppression, grief, trauma, liberation.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Seattle, WA
As a queer fat femme, I anchor a healing space that celebrates the fabulousness and fulness of your gender. I hold a healing space where trans and nonbinary folx can enter into your healing work without having to explain yourself or make yourself smaller. I also support folx to access medical transition like surgeries with low-barrier, single session gender affirming consults.
In this open-hearted and well-held container, I strive to hold a compassionate healing space for white identified folks to gain comfort & fluency with the tools of anti-racism, to process how our** own encultured racism and white fragility presents itself and to process shame and despair when our** racism and white fragility has been causing harm. **I have a value of not “universalizing whiteness” when speaking about a general collective experience. In this case our = we white people.
I am a liberation-based healer who practices at the intersection of oppression and trauma. I approach my work with the support of my ancestors, my longing (and willingness to work) for a decolonized world, my gift of reaching for that very real possibility of healing and breathing life into it. I have an intractable knowingness that our imagination, creativity and visionary souls guide us toward healing. That our bodies and hearts are strong enough to hold this.
With holistic wellness at the core, I draw from earth-centered healing modalities: presence-based conversation, meditation, mindfulness, body-positive movement, plant and stone medicine, yoga, breath, self-love and the many other diverse ways of inviting a life of wholehearted living and being.
Being in our bodies is the work of listening deeply to our whole selves. My healing style is somatic and some of my work with folks looks like helping folks to breathe, to listen deeply to their whole selves and to develop more fluency with their hearts and bodies. I believe the best therapy will always invite your fullness into the room and that by working in the body and attuning toward our full selves we step into our healing.
Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing. EMDR is a highly effective healing modality that helps us to sustainably metabolize past traumas and griefs instead of reliving them. Some people call this evidence based, I call it folk medicine–healing pathways that belong to you, are uncovered within the container of our relationship, that tap into your deep embodied knowingness of how to heal. EMDR works by catalyzing your body’s innate wisdom & deep capacity for healing & transformation.
My healing framework is explicitly trauma-informed, anti-racist, queer and trans-affirming, fat and body positive and anti-oppressive. I also offer anti-racism coaching for white folx seeking a well-held supportive container to unlearn whiteness and racism.
As a trauma-worker & someone who believes deeply in listening to the body’s inherent wisdom, my healing practice is anchored in mutual consent, safety first & going at the pace of the body. I practice IFS-Informed EMDR as one of many pathways towards healing, drawing also from somatic healing modalities, polyvagal theory, interpersonal neurobiology & liberation based healing. I believe that healing happens in relationship, at the pace of the body. I have 20+ years of experience.
My favorite definition of trauma teaches that trauma is a state of not being able to be present. So, the work of healing trauma is the work of coming back into ourselves, in relationship, at the pace of the body. Supported by the tools of EMDR and somatic healing we will move at the pace or your body to uncover what trauma healing means for you. As an anti-racist, anti-oppressive therapist I invite the work of healing from racial trauma, transphobia, capitalism & cultural/systemic oppressions.
IFS teaches us to compassionately understand our thoughts, emotions, behaviors and feelings as a response to systemic wounding & protection rather than the result of pathology. In this way, we work within your inner world by honoring and collaborating with your body’s protective system rather than fighting or overriding it. IFS is a beautifully queer healing lineage that invites the practices of deep witnessing, trust-building, nurturing & self-attunement to help us feel whole and free.
In our work together I can help you: -uncover and remember what is beautiful and whole about yourself -attune and respond to the deep wisdom of your body -make meaning of your (automatic/autonomic) brain and body reactions -respond more flexibly when triggered, activated, flooded, frozen -compassionately attend to shame and trauma responses -deepen your capacity for presence with experiences that may now feel intolerable -discover what healing looks and feels like in your body/mind/spirit/heart
In our work together I can help you: -uncover and remember what is beautiful and whole about yourself -attune and respond to the deep wisdom of your body -make meaning of your (automatic/autonomic) brain and body reactions -respond more flexibly when triggered, activated, flooded, frozen -compassionately attend to shame and trauma responses -increase your access to self-love, curiosity, compassion and integration -deepen your capacity for presence with experiences that may now feel intolerable
I am a complex trauma specialist and have been practicing for over 20 years. I help trauma survivors to move through pain and discomfort, to heal brilliantly and unapologetically and to feel at home in their bodies. I am an IFS-Informed EMDR trauma therapist with many years of working with traumatized parts and ongoing learning in the work of supporting and treating structural dissociation. I accompany people in the deep work of making real what our souls know is possible.