My life mantra is to use words, art, and movement to build bridges, tear down walls, tend to wounds, empower individuals, and eradicate loneliness and shame. My clinical career has ranged from working in refugee resettlement, schools, and nonprofit mental health agencies to responding to 911 behavioral-health calls alongside law enforcement as part of the Mobile Crisis Team and conducting assessments in emergency departments. I am an EMDR-trained therapist and specialize in trauma recovery and reconciliation. There is no single intervention that works for everyone, so I pull from different theoretical frameworks and evidence-based modalities to help you heal and build your own self-care toolbox.
My hope for you is that you find spaces where every part of you is welcome. Therapy can be a safe, nonjudgmental place to explore what is preventing you from finding wholeness. In my experience, so much of our suffering stems from disconnection. I want to help you find freedom from whatever is keeping you captive, whether it’s self-doubt, trauma, suicide, shame, internalized oppression, anxiety, depression, isolation, interpersonal conflict, grief/loss, or something else. Rather than rejecting or vilifying certain parts of ourselves due to what we have done or what has been done to us, perhaps we can shift our approach and re-examine who and why we are the way we are from a lens of compassion and curiosity. We can’t change others or the past, but we can choose what we want to do with that information moving forward. Just because things have always been a certain way, doesn’t mean it needs to stay that way. Anything that is learned can be unlearned, especially if it no longer serves you.
I am a queer, intersectional feminist, and I am still learning. Here are some things I believe in my bones to be true: You are inherently worthy. We are wired for connection, and the most radical healing often happens in communion with others. Sensitivity can be your superpower. In a world that profits off self-loathing and body dysmorphia, loving your self is the greatest revolution. Carrie Fisher was onto something when she said “take your broken heart, make it into art.” When I create, I learn to pour sorrow and anger, despair and confusion into something redemptive and hopeful. In my free time, I enjoy eating and drinking my way through new cities, getting lost in a good book, making eye contact with animals, controlled spontaneity, hot yoga, spoken word poetry, and making things. I hope that wherever and however you are, you lean into whatever and whoever nourishes you and that you always stay curious.