~ E.E. Cummings~
As children, we know how to be authentic. We were playful, curious and instinctive. As we grow, relationships, trauma, societal rules and values, impact and change our self-expression. Some choose a shield of surly aloofness that tells the world, "I don't NEED anyone." In others the longing for connection is motivated by the question "Who do I need to be to be loved?"
I believe that identity development requires an integration of the mind, body, and soul, bound by the impacts of culture, privilege, oppression, and power. I strive to better understand how the systems we live in impact individuals, communities and mental health through an anti-racist lens.
Every aspect of you is welcome in our sessions.
I recognize that I live and practice my profession on the indigenous land stolen from the Duwamish tribe, and that they continue to be refused federal recognition - leaving all members since the 1850's without repayment for their land to date. I am committed to being an ally by voting and tangible involvement in my neighborhood and city.