Lance Hicks, LMSW

Lance Hicks, LMSW

As a biracial, Black, transgender femme survivor on my own mental wellness journey, I know that we are all multifaceted, so I integrate multiple therapeutic approaches in order to honor the unique strengths, concerns, and preferences of each person with whom I work. These approaches often include psychodynamic talk therapy, somatic interventions (centering the relationship between community, mind, and body), expressive modalities that incorporate art and storytelling, and holistic care that considers physical as well as mental health. A core modality supporting my work is Internal Family Systems (IFS), in which I have formally trained (through level 2). IFS has greatly enriched my practice, particularly in the treatment of complex and developmental trauma, as well as my work to heal the legacy burdens of racism, patriarchy, materialism, and individualism, where they have shown up in my clients’ lives to cause harm.

My areas of specialization lend themselves best to supporting survivors of developmental / complex trauma (which includes identity-based trauma), post traumatic experiences and chronically/ongoing traumatic circumstances. As a trauma therapist with a social justice lens, I commit not only to caring for my clients’ mental health, but to supporting them as they navigate social identity and experiences of oppression. In addition, I am skilled in providing transgender care and in supporting clients with concerns related to racial and cultural identity. I am also passionate about crisis work, and welcome clients navigating severe symptoms, including suicidal thoughts and urges towards self-harm. Regardless of the focus or approach of our work together, I commit to building a relationship with my clients that offers safety, validation, and empowerment.