I am a pansexual non-binary fem presenting queer multiracial sex positive therapist.
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Illinois
I grew up in Christian communities that were not safe spaces for those perceived as different. Scripture was weaponized to keep people in line instead of build them up. Any assistance came with strings attached. If you have ever been told "when your close to God things like this don't happen" I can understand. Your faith is very personal and it can be heartbreaking to need to disentangle your faith from the actions of a community. Whether you walk away or stay your experience is valid.
I am basic trained in EMDR (Eye Motion Desensitization Reprocessing) through the EMDRIA institute. If you are at a point that talking through the details of your trauma you can still be treated with EMDR. EMDR isn't for everyone since it is intensive and is best done in time frames of 1-2 hours which insurance will not typically cover and would require self pay. As such, I also utilize a multimodal approach that combines EMDR, talk therapy and CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy).
I am basic trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) through the EMDR institute as of February 2021. Since my training took place as the pandemic began my training included learning how to do EMDR in a telehealth setting. This allows individuals that didn't have access to this service due to location, mobility, and health to have access to this treatment.
Official Certificate through Evergreen Certification as of September 2021. This certification provided education in the application of the following treatment interventions: Cognitive Behavioral Techniques (CBT) Bilateral Stimulation Thought Field Therapy (TFT) Narrative Exposure Therapy Technique