I am a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional and use EMDR, mindfulness, and Jungian approaches to help people process trauma.
Licensed Professional Counselor in Duluth, GA
I was born and raised in Kenya, studied in the UK , Germany, and the US, and speak four languages. I understand the mental shifts one has to make when encountering different ideas, world views, cultures, and norms. Sometimes it is exciting, at other times it can be exhausting. Our psychology, personality, and behaviors are shaped by our cultural heritage and background. Yet therapy may not always acknowledge these core parts of self that make up our identity and shape our experience.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a trauma modality I use to help people process past traumatic events so that they are able to move forward with their lives and not stay stuck in the past. It involves the use of eye movements or other forms of bilateral stimulation to help integrate communication between the left and right brain, thereby releasing the emotional charge from the traumatic experience while updating the brain with adaptive information.
When we practice mindfulness, we focus on the "here and now", rather than on past regrets or future concerns. What bodily sensations, thoughts, and feelings am I experiencing in the present moment? By tracking these experiences with an attitude of non-judgement, curiosity, and compassion, we become more aware of our internal states and the sources of those feelings, and can therefore transform them into new mental perspectives.
I work with people who have a history of past and current traumas, such as childhood neglect, sexual abuse, war and community violence, political displacement, acculturation stress. I use EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) to help people process past traumatic events so that they are able to move forward with their lives and not stay stuck in the past.
As an immigrant, I often ponder questions of home, identity, and belonging. Having lived and studied in other countries, I understand the challenges people face when they leave home and move to a new place. Whether you left home willingly or unwillingly, you have mixed feelings about your new home and the one you left behind, about the different people, values, cultures, and ideas you encounter. You want to belong, yet you may still feel like an outsider.
Life transitions such as divorce, health issues, family changes, career and midlife changes can cause anxiety. When these parts of our lives change, we experience a shift in our sense of self, the roles we play, the masks we wear. How we manage these shifts determines how we can regain our balance and move forward with new meaning and purpose in life.