All therapy services are online and I am licensed in IL and WA and have approval to provide services during COVID-19 in MN, MA, PA and VT.
Clinical Social Worker in Chicago, IL
I choose to approach trauma work through present-focused coping skills training. I believe that for therapy to be effective the client must be the one to decide if and when details about trauma get shared. If someone wants to name the events which happened I am open to this but I will never force anyone to dig deep into the past. There is evidence that forcing this can create a high risk situation for relapse or self-harm. I believe that some of the best results come from group work.
Everything I see I view through the lens of being a lesbian woman in a changing but still extremely sexist society. It impacts the dynamics of everyone's lives. I see empowering women as my purpose for this practice as well as my soul's mission for being here at this time on the planet. Feminist therapy for me has always been about fighting all the "isms" we face. It won't do to be progressive about women but not recognize race, class, gender identity, disability or immigration status.
I have worked in four treatment centers over the last 28 years. I see a huge interplay between issues related to addiction and trauma. I believe that for some people their path to addiction came as a means to self-medicate pain. I also believe that there is a strong physiological component to addiction and it doesn't reflect weakness of will. I support 12-step recovery but also alternative self -help groups such as Refuge Recovery which has a Buddhist meditation component.