“I have a relational approach with a creative and directive style; I approach the work with a lot of curiosity, support, and reflection, and I'm also very client-centered.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Drawing heavily on years of practical experience in the arts and creative leadership field, my work has focused on strengthening others through ontological coaching and reflective leadership practices. I’ve created curriculum and processes for staff and young people in the arts, supported teachers, and developed creative programs for people in addiction recovery and young girls in transitional housing. I am trained in antiracism and anti-oppression facilitation and have developed liberation-based healing practices. As an interdisciplinary performing artist and filmmaker, I’ve performed, produced, directed, and taught in many spaces in the US and Panama. My artistic work has always integrated trauma and intimacy. While I have a BFA in theater and an MA in media studies (from The New School), I received my MSW in order to deepen my practice of healing and engagement work. Through my creative work, therapeutic work has always come natural to me.
What should someone know about working with you?
I have a relational approach with a creative and directive style; I approach the work with a lot of curiosity, support, and reflection, and I'm also very client-centered.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
I take note of systemic failures (rather than personal ones) and create distinctions within the mental health field that are centered around BIPOC (queer and trans-inclusive) for a mutually- supportive and healing experience. I am most interested in liberation-based healing practices that involve dynamic and client-centered work. I believe in the liberation of people through their stories.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
Beyond providing services that are sensitive to human diversity in age, race, gender, ethnicity, nationality, religious and moral beliefs, sexual orientation, socioeconomic backgrounds, and ability, liberation-based healing maintains critical consciousness around the systems and structures of oppression as an axis point. It is best defined by Dr. Rhea Almeida MS, PhD, LCSW and founder of the Institute for Family Services. Personal and relational problems can be viewed within “broader social issues to form a healing context.” This work is anti-oppressive, antiracist, decolonial, and empowered. People must always be viewed within the context of their lives to enhance the effectiveness of treatment and systemic issues are not personal ones. Beyond notions of multicultural competence, liberation-based healing comes from the place of acknowledgement and humility.
“I am most interested in liberation-based healing practices that involve dynamic and client-centered work.”