"You will never influence the world by trying to be like it." Journey back to your true self and find your liberation and power.
Licensed Professional Counselor in , CT
As a certified and registered yoga teacher, my techniques are directly informed by yogic science and practice. Unlike the newer CBT Mindfulness approaches, I use decolonized and holistic practices in the manner that they were intended. Developing awareness practices in checking in with body and mind are the cornerstone of my interventions. I believe that the way to find your true self is to align mind, body, and spirit, which is often fractured by family of origin and marginalization.
I was trained in an existential therapy approach. I believe that true healing comes from client awareness, understanding, and meanings they have with their identity and experiences. When growing up with a marginalized identity, the meanings associated with those identities are usually problematic and derogatory. When clients find acceptance and healthy meanings within their identities, I believe it brings healing and purpose while lowering physical and mental health problems.
I have extensive professional experience counseling Queer & Trans people. I am also the author of "Affirmative Counseling with LGBTQI+ People" published by American Counseling Association. My professional specialty developed because of my personal experiences: I am bisexual, genderfluid, and two-spirited, as well as have Queer & Trans family members. I assist clients in acceptance and celebration of their integrated self, as well as repairing the damage that has resulted from oppression.
I combine indigenous wisdom, yoga, and modern science through mind, body, spirit practices and liberation counseling. Liberation assists clients in understanding how their true self has been marginalized within their family and society. Clients reclaim their power and joy through understanding their experiences of attachment, stress, and trauma, existing emotional and behavioral patterns, and the parts of themselves they have fractured in order to maintain their own safety.
The impact of marginalization on the experience of authentic self and subsequent mental and physical health problems is my primary clinical, research, and academic interest. In my counseling work, I have worked with those with marginalized identities (e.g., Queer, Trans, BIPOC, HSP, People with Disabilities, Immigrant, and spiritual populations). My work on liberation comes from both personal journeys and professional training.
Highly Sensitive People or Sensory Processing Sensitivity is a temperament where a person's sensory experiences, deep processing, and arousal levels are higher than others. HSPs often grow up learning that sensitivity is not a valued trait, and learn to hide those pieces from others. My work with HSP clients is to help them learn about the trait, learn the advantages and challenges that come with being an HSP, and find a way to live authentically sensitive in an insensitive world.