We receive a lot of messaging throughout our lives about who we “should” be or what is “wrong” with us. This messaging can creep into the stories we develop around who we are. These stories can place a lot of pressure to conform to ideas or expectations that do not feel true or attainable. Using perspectives and modalities in mindfulness, internal family systems, dialectical behavioral therapy, attachment theory, cognitive behavioral, narrative and complex trauma techniques, we can work on getting to a place that feels true to you.
A coworker said to me, “I like working with you because I don’t have to be worried about being myself or feel like I’m being judged.” In working with you, I hope you can feel the same level of comfort in being whoever you are. I encourage conversations about differences and identities that do not fit into dominant culture. Thank you for taking this step and allowing me to honor and support you on this journey.
After more than a decade in the fashion industry, my experiences volunteering at The Zen Hospice Project prompted me to go back to school and complete my MSW at the University of Michigan School of Social Work. While there, I worked on a volunteer project with Chaplain Dirschell, at a prison hospital in the Michigan Department of Corrections, to provide Dignity Therapy to end-of-life prisoners. That project helped pave the way for the development of the mens and womens prison hospices in Michigan to utilize Prisoner Palliative Care Aides to companion their peers facing end-of-life.
I have experience with inpatient behavioral health, an outpatient setting with the State of Michigan and with medical social work. While in New York City, I completed training to be an end-of-life doula, with The Doula Program to Accompany & Comfort, completed meditation training with David H. Wagner and attended additional coursework in Contemplative Palliative Care at the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care. I am Certified as a Clinical Trauma Professional by the International Association of Trauma Professionals and completed additional training in DBT, Motivational Interviewing, Internal Family Systems and Narrative Therapy.