We are living in changing times. Our lives require a different set of needs than those of the generations before us.
Clinical Social Worker in Decatur, GA
I began my training in ACT in 2019, and have completed over 40 hours of continuing education, and additional hours of consultation in this modality. ACT stresses the use of mindfulness and acceptance to assist individuals who want to experience psychological flexibility. Psychological flexibility is the ability to stay in contact with the present moment regardless of unpleasant thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations, while choosing one's behaviors based on the situation and personal values.
I began my training in EMDR in 2011, and with years of consultation over the last decade, I have assisted hundreds of individuals release themselves from memories that they felt stuck in. When you experience something that is traumatic, sometimes you experience the event over and over has if it is happening right now. EMDR moves the disturbing or traumatic memory from the part of the brain that processes the "present" to a part of the brain that processes the "past".
I began my training in Dialectal Behavioral Therapy began in 2008. Over the last decade, I have completed years of consultation to ensure that my work evolved as the modality has evolved. Currently, I use this skill set to assist individuals who are looking to regulate their emotions and decrease episodes of distress. In my work, I have found that DBT provides a skill set that is helpful for coaching individuals who want more autonomy and power in their own lives.
There are many individuals who are facing multiple forms of violence through relationships with toxic systems. In my work, I stress that real love does not require one to give up their freedom for the sake of belonging. It’s in the power of our ability to use our voice and to think and feel for ourselves that we find the power to stand alone and stand with others. The ability to do both is what real freedom and real love requires. You deserve to be free and to feel love.
As an adolescent and adult, I observed the violence that is inflicted upon marginalized bodies when spiritual leaders attempt to act outside of the scope of their training and provide counsel to people with needs beyond their grasp. I saw how their limited understanding as well as their internalized white supremacy hurt multiple generations of families. As an active participant in my own healing, I have devoted my life to helping others reclaim their own power, and fight for their healing.
Everyone has the answers that they need in their hearts; in their bodies. As clinicians, our job is to ask questions, express observations, and be a witness to the unfolding of answers that existed long before you meet us. As QTPOC therapist, I am here to support you in asking your questions and standing in your truth without judgement or shame. Your healing is more important than any bias or any fragility that you may encounter from a provider who can’t look past their own limitations.