Individual
Somatic
Psychotherapy

At our core, we all want to belong. We want to feel good about ourselves and comfortable around other people. We don't want to feel insecure, anxious, or uncomfortable about who we are.

Maybe you worry that you're not normal. That you'll never be comfortable in your body, have the kinds of relationships you've longed for, that your family will never accept you, or you'll never figure out what you want to do with your life. Maybe you feel insecure about your identity and whether you truly belong to a community. 

 

I can promise you I've never met a client who didn't "make sense" to me. One thing I try to help clients understand is that context matters. Our emotions, beliefs, and habits give us insight into how we (and our ancestors) have adapted and survived chaos, confusion, and harm. What's challenging is when we feel fixed in those aspects of our identity. But we are so much more than what we've suffered. We deserve to experience joy, pleasure, play, and creativity.

I deeply believe that therapy is not about what needs to be fixed, but rather uncovering what wisdom already lies within and practicing how to harness it. I believe my job as a therapist is to help you be more curious about your experience so that you can feel more confident in claiming your identities and capable navigating your relationships and the world.  I work with people on issues such as racialized trauma, interracial/mixed race experiences, social anxiety, family conflict, personal confidence, making career dreams a reality, and more. 

Working together, I can help you:

  • Deepen awareness and insight into your somatic-emotional and relational experiences through curiosity, and perhaps even play

  • Expand your capacity to feel, own, decide, grieve, change, or have other experiences that have felt inaccessible

  • Explore creative ways of coping with the persistent impact systems of oppression on your wellbeing

  • Tend to relational wounds and develop secure attachments to your Self and others

  • Transform internalized and externalized oppression by incorporating historical and systemic context

  • Envision and cultivate healthy relationships and intentional community

I welcome clients 18 years old and up. Please feel free to ask me any questions about my work with various identity groups. If I think you could be better served elsewhere I will let you know.

Note: My practice can not meet the high acuity needs of those who are actively suicidal, homicidal, have untreated substance addiction, active anorexia, are living in a domestic violence situation, have needed psychiatric hospitalization in the past year or who need a legal evaluation for disability, custody, or court-ordered treatment.  

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Duration and Frequency

I work with people on a once-weekly or every-other-week basis.

While therapy helps us find closure on many things in our lives, it also tends to open things up. I view therapy as a layered and multi-functional process that we can choose to be engaged with at any point in our lives. Together, we can identify the theme and scope of your care.

Learn about your right to receive a Good Faith Estimate.

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Where do
we meet?

I provide both in-person and teletherapy to people living in Michigan. I'm based in Ypsilanti, MI, and if you are nearby you are more than welcome in my office.

If you are interested in working with me but live out of state, I do provide virtual somatic coaching. During a consultation, we can explore if the scope and fit of coaching works for you.

 

What do sessions look like?
 

Every individual session includes some mixture of talking and somatic practice. Unless there is something specific we’ve agreed to follow up on, I generally follow your lead to start. Open conversation at the beginning is perfectly fine and super helpful if you’re not exactly sure where to start. From there I suggest we identify the frame for our session. While I do want to hear all the juicy details about your life, somatic work is best done one thread at a time. we might follow your curiosity, I might suggest a somatic experiment, or we may explore your inner system using Parts Work. About 10-15 minutes before the end of session I’ll guide us toward more reflection to help you integrate what we’ve practiced, processed or learned.

In general, somatic work is most effective when we can create a safe container. We can do this by making sure we are a good fit together, agreeing on goals or intentions, meeting consistently, taking our time in the work, and pausing to integrate what's happening along the way.