Hello! I'm a therapist in a worker cooperative whose practice centers people engaged in leftist movements and impacted by oppression.
Associate Clinical Social Worker in Ridgewood, NY
My work is based on anti-capitalist and anti-oppressive values and view oppression as trauma. I've worked with people experiencing oppression related to gender identity, class, race, sexual orientation, immigration status, and ability. I've worked with people experiencing trauma from incarceration and I am opposed to prisons. I also use peer accountability models and theories of whiteness and masculinity to address harmful or problematic behaviors related to social privilege.
In my trauma-focused work and my communities, I've witnessed and facilitated healing from many forms of abuse and violence, including: neglect, sexual abuse, physical violence, systemic violence, incarceration and torture, emotional abuse, sexual assault, narcissistic abuse, financial abuse, intimate partner violence, bullying, workplace abuse, and the inherent violence of hierarchy.
Rather than a "disorder," all responses to trauma are normal, though often incredibly painful. They also hold potential for growth. I've practiced experiential, relational, and body-mind focused trauma healing. This means that, with your permission, we can explore the ways your trauma/past shows up, moment-to-moment, in your experience of our interactions together. You're not alone - trauma healing happens through connection! My understanding of trauma includes analysis of oppression.