When I was going through a particularly challenging time as a young adult, I turned to creativity- mainly painting, dancing, and writing, to help me through it.
This included grappling with my own sense of identity and belonging as a biracial female living in a very "black and white" world, as well as healing the pain of feeling like an 'Other'. As a child, I checked that box on forms asking about my racial identity. I understand now that the feeling of being separate or different from everyone else is actually something that connects all of us.
As an adult, I met and married another 'Other'. We now have two children with a different lived racial and cultural experience than either of us.
Every day, each of us navigates the intersection of gender, ethnicity, culture, class, sexuality, spirituality, ability...how we show up physically, mentally, and emotionally is influenced by all these things, and it can be overwhelming. The gift of therapy is taking the time to think about and look at these things in a safe and supportive environment, and learning to trust that you have all you need to move forward.
My Focus & Approach
The ultimate aim of therapy is greater connection- with oneself and others- and greater communication. The path to both connection and communication is made through increasing awareness, developing a stance of openness and acceptance, and in doing so, gaining confidence and comfort in our authenticity. Learning to relate with clarity and honesty to the painful or unwanted/unwelcome parts of ourselves allows us to relate with authenticity, flexibility, and compassion to ourselves and others.
Who I Work With
I work with people who are struggling with racial, ethnic, and cultural identity. This includes multi-racial,multi-ethnic and multi-cultural individuals, and couples in mixed racial or ethnic/cultural partnerships. As well as first generation immigrants and the children of immigrants. I also work with folks who are struggling with their identity at the intersection of their sexuality, gender, spirituality, and dis/ability status.
In addition to expressive arts, my background and training includes Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Mindfulness Based approaches. I am also influenced by Buddhism and Buddhist psychology in my work.