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.
My therapy focuses on embodiment, utilizing mindful self-guided client inquiry, as a path to sustainable healing, growth, transformation, authenticity, and wellness. I am trauma/liberation-informed and specialize in bringing a de-colonized lens to mind-body-spirit health and re-framing symptoms of: depression, anxiety, burnout, attachment, addiction, achievement, transitions, life-stages, and traditional thought/mood/personality diagnoses. I specialize in women's mental health issues.
My writing and research focuses on developing a critical yet healing counter-knowledge in mental health, through honoring intersectionality of ancestry, class, ethnicity, race, gender, sexuality, spirituality, ability, and his/her/their-story. I specifically explore outsider and psychiatric history through concepts of madness and oppression across cultures, particularly the everyday lives of working-class women and the institutionalization of marginalized women in 19th/20th century Americas.
My education focuses on creating anti-oppressive pedagogy and re/creating new narratives of the human experience, along with co-creating holistic healing.
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 every body has a story -- and the inner wisdom to heal.