I am a queer artist, activist and therapist. I believe deeply in healing, based in self- and community-empowerment through social justice.
Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA
Supervised by Syntha Lorenz, LMFT
Expressive Arts Therapy can assist us in reengaging our imagination to dream up creative solutions to our current struggles, strengthen coping, bolster resilience give voice to oppressed parts of ourselves, and give us vision for our future goals. It can be a powerful way to access difficult content through metaphor & externalizations of of internalized pain. I have practice using visual art, music, drama, poetry, writing & dance in therapy.
I believe the foundation of healing is liberation from oppressive forces & cycles of trauma. By developing empathy, compassion, love, and worth for our own body and experience, we begin to liberate ourselves from the narratives that keep us stuck in dis-ease. Each individual is the expert of their own experience, with the power to author your own story. Each one of us lives multi-storied lives, where it is sometimes necessary to reauthor past stories in order to liberate our present and future.
“I heal in parts because systemic dis-ease took me apart.” - Dr. Jennifer Mulan, Decolonizing Therapy, author, therapist, community organizer My belief in the therapeutic process is that it is a tool in helping to integrate various pieces of our experience that have been forced to dissociate due to stress, trauma & systemic oppressions. We’ll pace our work at your rhythm in order to process various feelings and experiences, intentionally connecting & integrating them into your whole being.
In my work as a school-based therapist I have developed a passion for working with young people as they navigate the various family & social systems of their lives. Though often the systemic barriers to achieving health create challenges to personal & community identity, adolescence CAN be a rich transitional time between childhood & adulthood where a sense of personal agency and empowerment propels a young person towards success as a healthy member of the local & global community.
Through various trainings in anti-racism, anti-oppression and restorative justice, as well as my personal explorations of ancestry, white ethnic identity, white dominance, fragility and shame, indigenous and POC history, I seek to create space for other white people - particularly other white queer and trans* people - to explore themes of power, privilege and oppression as it impacts self, personal relationships, community and society.
We are a community of unique hxstory, creativity, embodiment, identity development, abilities, relationships, resilience, resistance, community and healing. Our unique strengths also mean we face unique challenges in navigating education, relationships, bullying/violence, self-doubt, self-harm, identity development, sexuality, systemic/structural violence, social/familial shame, suicidality, police harassment and violence, employment, housing, addictions and much more.