I co-create healing.
Not because I am a do-gooder but because I am a truth-seeker…
…& I find truth in everything I offer.
I know my shit & am no bull-shit.
Along with be-ing a licensed master-level therapist, I am also a certified bodyworker, energy medic, self-compassion teacher & meditation guide.
I specialize in embodiment: a framework that is evidence-based, trauma/liberation-informed & non-oppressive.
My practice is rooted in both neuroscience + ways-of-knowing that are ancient, indigenous, deeper, anti-patriarchal, & do not fit into the hegemonic western container of mental health.
As a white woman of euro descent & a de-colonizing practitioner, I am actively working to honor instead of appropriate cultural practices I use & will be changing my language & offering/s to reflect that as I evolve.
I maintain a niche practice for womxn: radically embodied healing through a feminist lens, to re/frame & re/store the whole/Self.
I am influenced by the work of Clarissa Pinkola Estes & all the womxn de-colonizing “psychotherapy” I follow in all the ways, as well as: the praxis of Somatic Experiencing, embodied social justice scholar Rae Johnson, everyone who has ever been interviewed (ever) on Pavini Moray’s podcast Bespoken Bones, emergent strategy by adrienne maree brown, Princess Nokia, poet/my ex-professor Diane Seuss, bell hooks, Nan Goldin, living in Poletown, my tarot-readers: GeminEye, & all the scholars/artists/practitioners/thinkers/folx embodying the everyday sacred-profane.
I will be training under Clarissa Pinkola Estes next summer (2020).
I believe the individual + collective body has a story — & the inner-wisdom to heal.
I honor intersectionality of ancestry, lineage, place, class, ethnicity, race, spirituality, dis/ability, sexual expression, gender expression, and his/her/their story.
I received my Master of Social Work (MSW) from Western Michigan University, where I interned in community mental health + a state psychiatric hospital, & assisted an undergraduate course in body-based mindfulness training through a social justice lens.
I am also a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT-Ncbtmb) with dual-certification in reflexology + a specialization in Lomi-Lomi; and numerous body-mind-spirit creds.
I hold a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in English from Kalamazoo College + attended NYU for a bit.
I have also worked a lot of very odd jobs & bartended a lot.
I am a proud first-generation college graduate & only daughter of a singular single-mom.
I adore my pitbull Cassiopea, quiet, movement, the desert, Detroit, eating lots of vegetables, lace, free-spirits, books — & the body.