Rest. Rise. Resist. Ready to deconstruct the capitalist, patriarchal propaganda ruining your life? You're in the right place. We got this!
Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Austin, TX
Supervised by Megan Shelton, MA, LPC-S
To me, person-centered theory is a way of being, not just in counseling but in all aspects of life. Engaging in this perspective means I follow your lead. While I guide, I have the privilege of joining you on your journey and shedding light on patterns, needs, and values you may not have recognized before. You get to decide what pieces to keep or leave behind in order to create the life that feels most like you.
Art is a way to express your inner self without the limitations of words. Colors, sounds, flavors, and all other sensory experiences are information that can be communicated through various mediums of art. Art leads to connection where there may be isolation. In all shapes and forms, connection and communication is the purpose of art, and connection and communication are the foundations of healing. No level of artistic ability required
Identifying as BIPOC, AADPI, and/or Latine is a huge part of your life. We all wear our races on our faces. Understanding how your race, ethnicity, and culture effect your life is an inherent part of my role as your counselor. Together, we can explore what parts of your cultural identity feel like external expectations placed on you (like your parent's influences or stereotypes) and what parts create who you are as an individual. Going through my own cultural journey has taught me a lot!
Though masking can be functional in some dimensions of life, it can also prevent you from connecting with your authentic self as well as others who will appreciate who you are and what you bring to the world. I strive to create a safe therapeutic space where we can explore your innate drives and needs before you were taught that you don't fit into the world. Let's explore where you want to spend your energy and what your fullest self can be without judgment.
Identifying as part of the global majority in a system that was created to marginalize and oppress people of color is challenging, to say the least. Though dismantling the system is a goal, taking care of your individual self is vital. The conversation around systemic oppression often uses active language like "fight", but when it comes to you, I wonder if we can incorporate more rest. Part of what is stolen (among labor and time) is rest and the energy to take care of yourself.
Are you a parent of young kiddos or teens? Are you reparenting yourself? Both?! There's so much to unpack when it comes to parenting and intergenerational trauma. Your parents' parenting styles impacted the course of your life and influenced your triggers and reactions. You may see these patterns repeat when you speak to yourself or your kids. Processing your childhood experiences provides insight into what you learned was normal and expected. You get to choose what you want to keep or change.
Get ready for silence. Listening to your inner voice, buried beneath anxieties, fears, and insecurities, takes lots of practice. Whether through writing or creating art, spending time with yourself changes the relationship you hold with your body and your mind. These shifts create space for acceptance of where you are in your journey and what you need moving forward. We will use this space to explore body neutrality, self-compassion, and values in career and relationships.