Collaborative, social justice oriented, experienced relationship and individual therapist.
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Thousand Oaks,
Good therapy creates possibilities out of problems What is therapy, if it's not about our stories. The stories we tell ourselves--and the stories others tell about us--shape how we see ourselves, our lives, and especially our problems. Narrative therapy approaches problems as just that: problems. We are not our problems, Michael White said. And since we are not our problems, it means we can decide how to take those problems on.
"Feminism is for everyone," as bell hooks said. Feminisms and their values inform my work as we address cultural context and values, you identities, and your preferred means of being in relationship with others.
Narrative therapy values cultural context, and explores and deconstructs its relationship and influence on communities and individuals. Each individual's lived experience is the center of the work in therapy; I learn from you in order to support you in crafting your preferred life and relationship to the problems you seek to address.
My work has focused on working with teens, young people, and families for many years. Problems that young people and their families face can be devastatingly difficult. My work supports young people in developing their identity and hopes for the future, and supporting families in evolving as a unit through the changes of youth and adolescence.
As a light-skinned, mixed race person, questions of identity have been central in my life. As a family member of people of all skin colors, I have learned about the cultural factors associated with how we appear to others. My training, community work, and work with clients focuses on racial and ethnic identity and the systems of oppression and discrimination that isolate us, and how we can reconnect with ourselves, our identities, and our communities in healing and refreshing ways.
Narrative therapist always address problems within their cultural context. Discrimination and systemic oppression take their toll and must be named, examined, and deconstructed in the process of healing. Individuals do not bear the responsibility for cultural practices and beliefs that limit and harm them. The problems we face as individuals can be better addressed through deconstructing the systems of oppression and discrimination.