My practice is dedicated to womyn's mental health. I am trauma/liberation-informed and specialize in utilizing embodiment, through mindful self-guided client inquiry, to address the mind-body-spirit health of the whole-self -- as a path to sustainable healing, growth, transformation, authenticity, and wellness. I use a feminist lens to re-frame symptoms of: depression, anxiety, burnout, attachment, addiction, achievement, grief, transitions, life-stages, and traditional thought/mood/personality diagnoses. I specifically serve womyn who feel disenfranchised in the traditional mental health system.
My writing and research focuses on developing a critical yet healing counter-knowledge in mental health, through re/creating radical narratives of womyn's lived-experience that honor intersectionality of: ancestry, class, ethnicity, race, gender, sexuality, spirituality, ability, and his/her/their-story. I currently explore outsider and psychiatric narratives, through anti-oppressive/de-colonized critical theory and concepts of dis-ease/healing across cultures, particularly the everyday lives of working-class womyn and the institutionalization of marginalized womyn in 19th/20th century Americas, through today.
I received my Master's in Social Work (MSW) from Western Michigan University in 2018, where I interned in community mental health and a state psychiatric hospital, and assisted an undergraduate course in body-based mindfulness training through a social justice lens.
I became a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT-Ncbtmb) in 2012, after graduating the Center for Healing Arts with dual-certification in massage + reflexology, specializing in Lomi-Lomi; I also externed in palliative-care massage at Beaumont Hospital. I am currently working towards becoming a Certified Infant Massage Educator (CIME). I have massaged hundreds of bodies, from toddlers to the terminally ill.
I hold a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in English from Kalamazoo College and attended NYU for a bit. I have also worked a lot of very odd jobs & bartended a lot.
I am a proud first-generation college graduate and only daughter of a spectacular single-mom.
I adore my pitbull Cassy, quiet, vinyasa, the desert, Detroit, eating lots of vegetables, lace, free spirits, books...and the body.
I believe the individual and collective body of womyn has a story -- and the inner wisdom to heal.