I provide LGBTQIA2S+ affirming, gender affirming, anti-oppression informed, trauma informed, person-centered therapy.
Licensed Master of Social Work in Columbus, OH
Trauma is prevalent and can be caused by many experiences including violence, systemic oppression, abuse, threats of harm, natural disasters, medical experiences. I have worked with folks who have experienced trauma for the last 12 years. We can work together to identify what is most helpful for your unique experience. It can be hard to trust another person after being hurt- especially if that hurt was caused by another person. I respect the step you are taking to look for a therapist.
I have provided therapy to many other therapists, as well as other healthcare professionals and honor your effort to take care of yourself be exploring therapy. A lot of folks feel like they are "supposed to be" the healer and helper, and it can be hard to look for support for yourself. I see it as a huge strength that you are considering therapy for yourself and believe it can help you make space to be the therapist (or other provider) that you want to be.
Culturally sensitive therapy is important to me. I have met with many people who avoid therapy after not feeling seen or heard in therapy in the past. I work to stay culturally informed about different topics that may impact people's lives and engage in ongoing learning. I have specific training in Anti Oppression Informed Practice and engage in an ongoing learning community for decolonizing therapy.
There is strong evidence to support EMDR for healing from trauma and other distressing life events. I was trained in EMDR by the Institute for Creative Mindfulness, incorporating mindfulness practices throughout the phases of EMDR (which means intentionally noticing internal reactions- what is coming up in the moment - without judgement). I have observed folks experience decreased distress after using EMDR therapy. We will explore together if this is a right fit for you.
There can be many causes of Traumatic Brain Injury, and can result in long lasting effects. I provide accommodations in therapy personalized to the individual to reduce the stress and physical symptoms someone might be experiencing as a result of a TBI. I participate in the Ohio Brain Injury Advisory Committee, collaborate with the Ohio Domestic Violence Network's TBI initiatives, and provide education on TBIs and accommodations in professional settings.
I use eclectic therapy to draw on the most appropriate interventions as needed. I often use my experience providing person centered therapy, DBT skills, mindfulness practices, solution focused therapy, motivational interviewing, and in support of the person's own strengths and knowledge of healing practices. There is research to support using combination of different therapies to effectively address different needs. We will decide together what is most helpful.