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glad you're here.

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Here's a bit about me:

Who I am

My ancestors found home on the lands we now call Cameroon, West Africa, Turkey, England, Ireland, Scotland, Greece, and Albania. I was born and raised in Southwest Michigan, growing up an equally awkward and expressive mixed girl in a super segregated city. 

 

I didn’t realize it at the time, but there were other layers to my identity that I’d come to discover later on, such as being neurodivergent and Queer. And, unfortunately, many experiences have led me to add trauma survivor to my list of identities.

 

All that to say, I’ve lived my entire life at the intersection of this and that. So I understand firsthand what it’s like to struggle with belonging and feeling generally safe and at home in your body.

What I do

I often meet people when they feel most stuck or most convinced that they lack the ability to feel better. That’s why, as a somatic practitioner, I don’t just give you space to vent about your problems. I help you literally feel more at home in your own body so you can feel more at home in the world.

 

I specialize in somatic (body-based) modalities for trauma, in particular the trauma that comes from experiences in interpersonal relationships and with systems of power, like racism, homophobia and transphobia, and more. The people I work with struggle with things like confidence, insecurities and shame, feeling triggered, avoidance and procrastination, rejection sensitivity, making or maintaining healthy and satisfying relationships, setting boundaries, expressing needs, social anxiety, and more.

 

I especially enjoy working with mixed adults and interracial couples, and I also collaborate with individuals of other identities for whom trauma and belonging are concerns, including BIPOC, Queer folx, first-generation immigrants, disabled folks, and more. Many of my clients are therapists, entreprenuers, and creatives, but if you don’t see yourself on this list you still may very well be in the right place! I welcome those who are neurodivergent, ENM/polyam, and kinky.

 

I deeply believe that we all have the capacity for fulfilling connection. My training (and work with clients like you) has proven this to be a reality when you have the right support, skills, and feel safe enough to explore and own what you want and need. 

My Background at a Glance

Education

Masters in Public Health, Health Behavior and Health Education, University of Michigan, 2016

Masters in Social Work, Interpersonal Practice University of Michigan, 2016 - Licensed with Clinical focus in the State of Michigan


Women’s Studies and Social Anthropology, University of Michigan, 2012

Training
& Past Roles of Note

Neuroaffective Touch, May - October 2024

 

Integrative Somatic Parts Work Certificate, The Embody Lab, 2021

Gottman Method for Couples Therapy - Level One, 2021

Somatic Abolitionism, Resmaa Menakem, 2020

 

Movement for Trauma (Jane Clapp) - Level One, 2020

Parts Work with Tom Holmes, 2020

 

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy - Level One, 2019

 

Certified Yoga Teacher, 200 hours, A2 Yoga, 2013

    Trained in Hatha & Vinyasa styles

 

Many hours of coursework in health coaching and motivational interviewing 2012-2017


Former Faculty for the Michigan Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention and Treatment Board, 2018-2019

Former Health Coach for adolescents at Corner Health Center in 2014 and 2017

 

Former Community/Peer Health Educator in the areas of sexual health, sexual assault prevention, and healthy relationship skill building education - Over 100 hours training, 2006-2012

Land & Lineaege

Land

I acknowledge with deep reverence that I live and work on the historic, ancestral, and contemporary lands and waters of the Wyandot peoples and the Anishinaabe Three Fires People who are the Ojibwa, Odawa, and Potawatomi. I honor the past present and emerging elders of these people for their stewardship of the land and the world's largest freshwater system.

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My work would not exist without Black Queer Feminisms and other Liberation Theologies, including bell hooks, Paolo Freire, Audre Lorde, adrienne maree brown, Tricia Hersey of The Nap Ministry, and more.

 

I’m also grateful for the wisdom of Indigenous healers and scholars including Renee Linklater, Joseph Gone, Eduardo Duran and Cheryl Metoyer-Duran, and Maria Yellow Horse Braveheart.

I would not be who I am today without dance. As a child and teen I was trained in the styles of Cecchetti Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical/Contemporary, and West and Southern African dance. Though I struggled deeply with insecurity and nonbelonging in many areas of my life, movement has always fueled my confidence and ability to keep putting myself out there.

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