I am certified in addressing sexual abuse and domestic violence. I attend yearly meetings to keep me up to date with changing laws for victims here in Illinois. I have dedicated myself to being well-read, specifically with the publications of experts in my field who are known to be trauma-informed. In addition, I implement evidence-based treatment to help survivors process their trauma.
I have experience in working with different cultural backgrounds. I make efforts to attend training that help deepen my cultural competence. I continue to seek understanding when it comes to the systemic impacts that occur with minorities. I find that this helps me identify, address, and offer support to my clients and their situations.
I feel grief and loss are dealt with in various stages of a person's life. I have experienced this in working with my trauma patients. Grief is a sense of loss of self which is seen
Having worked with trauma survivors, I have seen that grief and/or loss stems from various experiences, or in conjunction with the different stages of a person's life. My clients have often described grief/loss feeling as if parts of that person had been broken. I also facilitate a monthly grief group with survivors of community violence wherein we try to address the complicated feelings associated with sudden loss, dealing with systemic injustice, and random acts of violence.
I have experience and training in this modality. This perspective is present in working with survivors of interpersonal violence.