Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Feminist, disability-justice oriented therapist helping professional women who live with chronic illness and/or chronic pain in WA and OR.
Provides free initial consultation
Practicing Since: 2016
Maybe you’ve had health problems for as long as you can remember, or maybe this is all new to you. Perhaps you’ve been through years of doctor visits, of diagnosis and treatment, but the answer(s) never felt quite right and didn’t help—or the treatment actually made things worse. You may have been misdiagnosed, dismissed, gaslighted, and/or harmed by the medical system. The people who were supposed to help you didn’t take your pain and any other symptoms of your chronic illness seriously.
Being part of a marginalized group means being on the receiving end of microaggressions (like unsolicited health advice) and other pieces of systemic oppression. As a woman with a chronic illness, you are part of at least two marginalized groups: You are subjected not only to sexism and misogyny, but also to ableism and healthism. If you’re not white, straight, and/or cisgender, the systemic oppression only increases. But what a difference it makes when someone believes you!
Chronic pain sucks. Chronic pain plus toxic positivity, gaslighting, misdiagnoses, unsolicited advice, and discrimination sucks even more. I help professional women who have chronic pain and/or chronic illnesses learn to be kind to themselves, to trust themselves, and to find ways to get the support that they need without ever being forced to prove that their pain is real or that they’re trying hard enough.
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