Hi, I'm Semi. I'm a Mental Health Therapist and Drug and Alcohol Counselor working for my own small business in the state of Washington.
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in Vancouver, WA
Supervised by Kristen Atwood MA, LMHC
I have appreciated helping clients to re-discover their racial identity, understand the systemic nature of racism (and how this can affect families of color), and cope with racialized trauma.
I started my work in mental healthcare with people struggling with substance use/misuse, and have extensive knowledge in this area. Together, we can create a way for you to analyze and change your relationship to substances or gambling (or other addictive habits).
Post-traumatic stress disorder is more common that many may think, and everything from big T trauma (hurricanes, explosions, fires, car accidents, etc.) to little t traumas (rejection, invalidating social/family environment, abandonment, etc.) can contribute to chronic problems, like PTSD.
I have over 5 years of experience in this area, which is not limited to people struggling with substances, but also with pleasure-causing activities like pornography, gambling, relationships, food, and gaming.
I have been performing EMDR for clients for a year, and I can also conduct EMDR in group settings, intensives (2+ hours), and with things that happened long ago, but which continue to bother people.
I am currently receiving training in this area, and would love to begin working with people interested in working from a bottom-up (body-based) approach vs. a top-down (thinking/talking) approach.