About My Clients
I have been a therapist since 2007. But I opened my private practice at the beginning of the COVID pandemic of 2020 because I felt called to serve my communities: BIPOC, queer, women and intersectional people. I love working with y'all. I get you because I am you, even though we have different experiences. I wanted to create a therapeutic experience where you didn't have to deal with microaggressions or feel like you had to explain all this stuff about your daily experiences just to get heard.
My Background and Approach
My background was in dance, social justice and massage therapy. I've always been into the body-mind connection and have seen social and cultural contexts as inextricable from the personal. That's why in 2008 I moved from Los Angeles, CA to study Somatic Counseling Psychology at a little hippy school called Naropa in Boulder, CO. That was a culture shock! I had to write a whole thesis about anti-oppression work just to process often being the only person of color in a room. I am direct and try to communicate as clearly as possible, I'm funny and serious, and like to hold space for all the feels. People often say they feel really gotten by me, which is a huge compliment for me. I pride myself on individualizing your care and work with body-centered modalities (such as square breathing) to help you heal those traumas that keep you up at night. When that happens, people will often say that that thing that used to really stress them out, doesn't anymore. Yes! I love it when that happens.
My Personal Beliefs and Interests
Like I said, no one is born wrong. I'm super pro: queer (gender and SO), BIPOC, women, bodies, sex, freedom of religion. The more bodily autonomy the better. In my thesis I even say "if the quickest way to oppress people is to make their bodies wrong...then the revolution is to reclaim our bodies." You know that thing people say about "you have to love yourself before anyone else can?" I actually think that's a bit inaccurate, if you look at the way our nervous systems evolve. We have to feel deeply loved and accepted in order to love and accept ourselves, in order to allow others to that for us. I hope that's what I help folks do--to feel deeply accepted for who they are, to internalize that self-love and then act from that love in their lives.