A lesson that has stood out to me in practice is to engage in therapeutic work that has relevance within my own lived experience. My intention in becoming a trauma therapist is connected to my personal process navigating trauma and loss. Within my own context, I have struggled with how chaotic, isolating and unknown these experiences can be. A small insight that has aided me in processing hardship, is that these experiences are human and that healing should happen gently.
As a trauma-informed therapist, I am drawn to approaches that are transparent, consensual and collaborative, and use therapeutic techniques that are person-centered and emotionally focused. The purpose of this approach is to support my clients in developing awareness around their hardship, healing and the ways in which trauma can manifest.
I center my practice around the belief that healing occurs by facilitating connections to the knowledge, strength and lived experiences of those I work with. I have done this work with a number of different populations including newcomers, 2SLGBTQ+ – identified individuals, individuals who identify as racialized, children, youth and families.
It is important to me that my clients feel respected, heard and safe. One of the ways I facilitate this is by providing an in-depth consultation to assess needs and craft a therapeutic strategy. I welcome consults with individuals, couples and family systems, and I am available to answer any questions you may have.
I am at The Healing Collective on Wednesdays and by appointment. I can be reached via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (514) 867-5782.