My Approach to Helping
As a therapist, I seek to foster healing in action, play, spontaneity, imagination, wholeness, meaning making, connection, courage, authenticity, a sense of belonging, transformation, agency and resilience in the lives of the individuals I work with. My work is grounded in psychodynamic, attachment, trauma informed, social contructivist and anti-oppressive/liberatory orientations, but draw from other orientations as the need arises. I am trained in talk therapy and as an art therapist. Art therapy is a powerful, experiential, expressive arts therapy that helps address that which is difficult to put words to. It focuses not necessarily on the art product, but rather using art in the process of therapy as a lens to access parts of the brain, body and psyche that talk therapy may not fully reach. Humanity has turned to various types of art for millennia to heal, long before therapists in the modern sense existed, and this type of therapy engages in this phenomenon.
My Values as a Therapist
I have made a personal and professional commitment to engage in embodied ongoing work around examining my biases and how I have been conditioned as a white, cisgender, queer woman. This involves the commitment to continually and actively take steps to examine and dismantle oppression within myself, all the ways in which I practice therapy, the therapy space, and the systems in which we all exist; practicing reconciliation when I make mistakes and creating spaces that liberate us all so that we can collectively thrive. I attend a monthly consultation group for white therapists, led by Richla Davis, a Black psychotherapist/anti-oppression consultant. I also participate in a psychodrama group, led by Leticia Nieto Psy. D. LMFT, exploring the dynamics of oppression and privilege and the healing nature of group spontaneity and creativity. Lastly, I take part in a community called Art for Social Change (Lewis and Clark University), utilizing art in relationship to dismantle oppression.