Raina LaGrand

LMSW • MPH • CYT

I'm a Black and Biracial woman with a background spanning yoga, sexual health education, career coaching, and more. In psychotherapy and coaching, I've found the perfect home for my interest in somatics, healthy relationships, and empowerment/liberation/self-actualization (pick the word that resonates most in your body). 

 

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​

Somatics and Parts Work definitely create the container for my work with clients. But one of my favorite parts of somatics is that there is space to integrate knowledge and practice from different perspectives and your lived experiences. With each client or program, I look forward to co-creating the unique space that will best support your healing. 

Somatics

The word somatic references the body. Integrating body-based work into therapy can make lasting changes in a way cognitive/thought-based approaches simply can’t. Somatic approaches to healing are informed by the role of the nervous system in emotions, and how we protect ourselves and/or connect with others. In sessions, this looks like increasing our awareness of what we are feeling not just emotionally, but physically as well. With greater awareness comes more access to flexibility and choice; we can begin to be in relationship with our emotions, impulses, and needs rather than feeling flooded by them or responding reflexively. For some, somatic work can also look like tracking up to discharge activation "stuck" in the body as a result of traumatic experience. Somatic work is slow and subtle, and then often suddenly very impactful. It is creative, experimental, and pretty fun!

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. We can get curious about what we really need. Many of my clients find this aspect of our work particularly supportive in understanding the 'Why?' behind who we are, what we feel, and how we move through the world.

Attachment & Relationships

Relationships are as central to our wellbeing as our habits and access to good care. We cannot survive in isolation. We can't self-regulate ourselves out of disconnection. I use an attachment focus in my work, which grounds me in the importance of creating safety and security in our sessions, and your relationships outside of therapy as well.

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. 

Client Education

You have the right to understand ​what is going on with your body. I provide education in session and share resources to learn more outside of session as well. Education in trauma treatment is a critical tool for you to contextualize your experience. Here are some of my favorite resources to share.

A photo of therapist Raina LaGrand wearing a mint green sweater and is sitting in front of a tree.

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​​

  • Clinical Practice with Individuals in the Kink/BDSM Community 201: Taboo & Consent Integrative Empowerment Group

  • Clinical Foundations in Gottman Method Couples Therapy, Level 1 The Gottman Institute (Level 2 - in process)

  • Clinical practice with polyamororus/non-monogamous identified folks: An Introduction Integrative Empowerment Group 

  • The Nervous System's Response to ADHD and Toxic Stress UM School of Social Work

  • Clinical Practice with Individuals in the Kink/BDSM Community Integrative Empowerment Group

  • Gottman Method Couples Therapy - Level 1 (in process)

  • 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