I am a fat, black, cis-gender woman, on a journey of self-love and knowledge. I am a clinical social worker by training, and a self-proclaimed warrior in the revolution to make space for people whose experiences have historically been ignored. I am a professional questioner, as I seek to bring light to dark places for people in my work and in my community. It has long been a calling for me to develop affirming, warm, safe and radical spaces for people when they are stuck in cold, unsafe spaces, that attempt to leave them behind. In my work, I seek to acknowledge that experience of erasure, naming systemic oppression whose origins are found in racism, sexism, heterosexism, fat phobia, disability and all other forms of injustice. Healing can happen, and there is a combination of internal and external work to be done to that end.
I use humanistic, person-centered, antiracist, feminist, trauma-informed, and systemic approaches, along with mindfulness, somatic and transformative healing to address issues like depression, anxiety, toxic stress, identity issues, substance abuse, and childhood trauma. My ultimate goal is to create co-conspirators in the movement towards mental and physical liberation and beloved communities.
In 12 years as a social worker, my experience has given me the privilege to train and supervise social workers and social work students. My passion for mentoring new social workers allows me to continue to seek knowledge and growth in individual and community centered practice.
“I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are different from my own.” – Audre Lorde