"...the goal of therapy should never be to help people adjust to oppression" (Carmen Cool). I help folks unpack heavy burdens.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Portland, OR
Sensorimotor approaches say that it's not just the brain that has the power, or the body that holds the key to your recovery and resiliency. Ultimately, we can start our work either through your thoughts, emotions, or body sensations to access and release difficult feelings that you've stored over time.
I will never be able to fully understand and embody all that you have experienced in your life. However, culturally sensitive therapy allows us to use that positive, safe, and trusting relationship we've established for me to better understand your cultural identity, values, and beliefs in order to best support you in your journey.
From an attachment perspective, relational is the core of everything I do. There have been studies exploring the effectiveness and efficacy of various modalities in mental health treatment, that have all pointed to this need. Unless and until we've established a positive, safe, and trustworthy relationship, nothing else matters
I approach trauma and PTSD symptoms through education first: we will learn together about the impact that trauma exposure is having on your brain, your emotions, your body, and your nervous system. I find that once you understand the monster under the bed, it's then a little bit less scary. The body tools I work with include EMDR and sensorimotor psychotherapy.
I am the grandchild of immigrants, and I have felt in my bones the legacies of their losses. Professionally, I have worked with immigrants, refugees, asylees, and their children for approximately 9 years. In addition, my graduate school focus addressed mental health promotion among newly arrived refugees--a fancy way of saying that I have spent several years studying what it takes for individuals, communities, and families to get and stay well and whole throughout a migration journey.
I heard once at a training facilitated by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network that, "If we fully address issues and failures of early childhood attachment, the DSM would be a pamphlet". Translation: I approach attachment and repair as the foundation of my work, and the foundation of your healing. I am very relational in this work--you have to be comfortable with me first before any growth can happen. Attachment work is often deep and heavy work, and it is possible.