I am a African American Queer woman & a survivor of abuse. I understand the scars that you continue to carry with you into your adult life.
Clinical Social Worker in Hot Springs, AR
I am a Registered Integrative Sandtray Therapist. During my play therapy certification training, I fell in love with Sandtray therapy & knew I would continue on this journey. I use it when working with adults to help them connect words (the left brain) to the their memories & emotions (the right). As someone who has personally experienced the power of sandtray, I am equally amazed when I see how it transforms my clients.
I am a registered play therapist who chooses to use many aspects of expressive art such as music, writing, & art in my work with adults especially when working on trauma.
I am a certified facilitator of PREPARE-ENRICH Premarital Counseling. I love when couples make the decision to use this counseling to strengthen their relationship.
The unwavering need to please others at your own expense resulting in anger & resentment. The inability to say no & when you try you experience intense guilt & shame. The need to save others from themselves & the responsibility of their actions. This is codependency. A terrible disease that I have battled throughout my life. It wasn’t until I went through my own healing journey that I was able to learn to accept the truth of my story, embrace my imperfections & believe I am good enough.
As someone who stayed in the closet until my late 30s while battling my religious upbringing as a preacher’s kid, I understand the feelings of shame, guilt & bewilderment at realizing you don’t love the way society says you should. I understand living a life of misery & deceit while screaming to be free. But finally I was able to walk in my truth & live a life free of shame & fear with the help of a fantastic therapist.
As a survivor of both childhood & adulthood abuse in many forms, I understand how it impacts your ability to trust, love & live free of shame, guilt & despair. It took me having many anger outbursts at work before I was able to accept the truth & seek help for myself. I will not say it will be easy because i would be lying, but I can say that finally facing it will be worth the pain & hurt once you make it through to the other side.