The process of healing has historically been diluted by white supremacy, stripping it of its effectiveness and the humanity of clients. I strive to provide therapeutic services in a way that is decolonized to the extent I am able to within the framework of our legal system.
I see you as my equal. My primary goal in therapy is to establish genuine relationships with clients, whom I come to deeply care about. I attend sessions as my authentic self and share about myself in a way that fosters connection, but still allows the focus to be on their healing. During sessions, we are two people who have differing expertise coming together to grieve, achieve, and celebrate.
Most diagnoses are incorrect pathologies of trauma responses. The majority of my clients who begin therapy with various diagnoses end up being diagnosed with PTSD within the first few sessions. While it is believed that PTSD manifests after a specific life-threatening event, the systems we exist within are in fact traumatic circumstances. In therapy, we explore how behaviors come from a place of hurt, which humanizes clients and allows them to reclaim their power.
You have a say. While insurance companies require a diagnosis, I am completely transparent about the diagnoses you meet criteria for and what I disclose to insurance companies. In addition, I encourage feedback throughout therapy, especially around cultural competency. I welcome you to disagree with your diagnosis or refuse an intervention if it does not serve you.
I trust you and encourage you to trust yourself. Throughout life, we are taught to not trust ourselves in the smallest ways, such as by needing permission to eat or use the bathroom. Trusting yourself is a long process of unlearning and relearning. While evidence-based therapies, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, are effective in many capacities, so is spirituality and intuition. I move away from therapy as a performance. A simple way I do this is by making therapy assignments vague, often instructing clients to do what feels right or to finish when something feels complete.
I strive for financial equity. While my sessions cost $100, I offer discounted and pro-bono services to a number of clients who are uninsured. I also have no missed appointment fees. This is a policy that most agencies have and is unfortunately not trauma or equity informed. I believe there are non-monetary ways to hold clients accountable for frequently missing appointments.
We can schedule flexible appointments. Not only do I offer weekend appointments, but I allow for flexibility in scheduling. Clients can reschedule as needed and can schedule appointments for an approximate time as long as it's pre-established. As a healer who struggles with chronic illness, this is something I sometimes need to do on my end as well.
I aim to make my healing services as accessible as possible. All of my sessions are virtual at this time, which makes therapy more accessible to those without transportation, childcare, or medical conditions that require clients to be home-bound. The platform I use has an instant messaging feature in order to provide an alternative way of communication for non-speaking individuals and privacy for those who do not have immediate access to it in their living situation.