Raina LaGrand

LMSW • MPH • CYT

I'm a somatic therapist, consultant and educator specializing at the intersection of trauma, oppression, embodied healing and liberation. My background spans yoga, sexual health education, career coaching, and more. My greatest pleasure is helping folks feel present in their bodies, relationships, and communities, and to be able to tap into our aliveness and agency. Contrary to what we may believe, we do not have to heal alone. True healing, I believe, takes place with support and in relationship.

 

I would be honored to witness at least a portion of your journey. 

My Approach​

One of the best parts of my work is that I am able to integrate practices from many philosophies and modalities. With each client or program, I look forward to co-creating the unique space that will best support your healing. 

Somatics

We might be tempted to think of therapy as a cognitive game, but wherever our thoughts and feelings go, our bodies are there too. Integrating body-based work into therapy resources our nervous system in a way thoughts alone simply can't. This looks like using mindful awareness or movement experiments involving sensation, emotion, memory, and instinct in addition to thoughts and beliefs. We can use somatic practices to gain insight into your experience, change your relationship to stress, and feel safer and more empowered in your body, among other possibilities. With somatics we can get creative in our work.

Parts Work

We already sometimes speak about ourselves in parts, often when we feel split or ambivalent about something (e.g. "Well, a part of me thinks ABC, but another part of me thinks XYZ!). Parts work offers a framework for considering our complexity as individuals in a non-pathologizing way. It helps us get in touch with the parts that take over when we are stressed, the parts that carry painful memories from childhood, as well as the parts that help us function and thrive. Many of my clients find this aspect of our work particularly fun!

Relational

First and foremost - I am 100% human. Relationships are as central to our wellbeing as our habits and access to good care. I come to you as an evolving creature, with my own experiences, strengths, insecurities, and growth edges. I use an attachment focus in my work. My hope is that you at the very least feel understood and respected by me.

Body Liberation​

The historical and persistent impact of colonialism, white-body supremacy, and heteropatriarchy cannot be ignored in our work together. Centering bodies - especially bodies that have been historically and systemically oppressed - is at the heart of healing. True healing work has to acknowledge the systemic barriers that perpetuate health inequity. It also must create opportunities for pleasure and joy and growth instead of emphasizing shame and should-nots. Most of us are more motivated toward change and evolution when we feel good about ourselves and when we feel like we have the resources and support to fulfill our intentions. 

Education

You have the right to understand ​what is going on with your body. I provide psychoeducation as a tool for you to contextualize your experience. I also work to ensure you understand the logistics of our work together as well as the health care system in general. It's not a system that is user friendly, but the more you understand it the more easily you'll be able to navigate it and advocate for yourself along the way. 

My Credentials​

Masters in Public Health, Health Behavior and Health Education University of Michigan

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Masters in Social Work, Interpersonal Practice University of Michigan

  • Licensed with Clinical focus in the State of Michigan

  • Former Faculty for the Michigan Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention and Treatment Board

Certified Yoga Teacher (A2 Yoga)​ 

  • 200-hour training in Hatha and Vinyasa styles​

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Additional Training and Experience​​

  • Movement for Trauma Level One Certified with Jane Clapp

  • Parts Work Training by Tom Holmes

  • Level 1 Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Trained

  • Psychopharmacology for Social Workers University of Michigan School of Social Work 

  • Essential Yoga Anatomy e-course (~20 hours) with Jason Crandall

  • Childhood Trauma Practitioners Conference The National Institute for Trauma and Learning in Children 

  • Nicotine Addiction: How to Help your Clients Quit Jewish Family Services 

  • Motivational Interviewing with Adolescents Pathways for Change

  • LGBTQ+ Cultural Humility and Sexual Health Training for Health Center Staff MFierce Health Access Initiative  

  • Techniques for Mental Health Providers (CBT) UM Medical School TRAILS to Wellness   

  • Motivational Interviewing Michigan Department of Community Health  

  • Experience conducting program evaluation (formative, summative, process, utilization)
  • Over 100 hours training in sexual health, sexual assault prevention, and healthy relationship skill building education

Contact Me

Email: Raina@RootToRiseSomatics.com

Call or Text: 734-219-9797

I'm working remotely from the Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti, Michigan area during the pandemic.

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