As a therapist I show up as myself—with warmth, a lot of humor, the experiences I’ve lived, and the experiences that I have been trusted to know. Many forces in our culture encourage us to heal in isolation, so I start with curiosity about what helps my clients feel safe to show up fully as themselves.
With my somatic, or body-based, lens, I encourage clients to speak their stories while sensing for what their bodies have to say, too. Data from our thoughts, feelings, and sensations—a tingling in the feet, the impulse to make a fist, tension melting in the chest—help us understand and appreciate our instincts for protection and connection, even when they no longer serve us.
I collaborate with my clients to create a trusted container to experiment in: What breath grounds me when I’m spun up? What posture energizes me when I’m down and stuck?
My hope is that building trust and agency together offers good practice to build affirming community way beyond our sessions. Not only do we heal in relationship; organizing together is our only chance to root out the oppression, exploitation, and marginalization we are tired of healing from.
Our identities may or may not overlap, but as a queer, non-monogamous, and multiracial person, I hope my experiences of self discovery, navigating between cultures, and feeling seen and not seen help me hold the complexities of my clients with care.
University of Illinois at Chicago, 2023
Oberlin College, 2010
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for Trauma Level 1
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute , expected 2023