|About Me And My Approach
One area of my expertise is working with survivors of abuse and trauma. I work with a variety of post-trauma survivors including people who are healing from domestic violence, sexual abuse, incest, and hate crimes.
I also specialize in working with addiction, which I view not as a disease, but a learned coping skill that is often a means to manage and/or numb emotional pain.
My background includes working with local and regional programs on anti-violence, social change, and human rights campaigns. I am a founding member and former Executive Director of Home Alive (a Seattle arts based anti-violence organization). I worked to develop community based anti-violence programs that address the broad scope of how oppression, violence, trauma, abuse, and secondary trauma inform the structures of our relationships, our organizations, and our progressive movements. I bring my experience working as a cultural organizer for human rights groups (with a focus on using arts and music as part of social change) into my counseling paradigm.
I work with activists and people involved in human rights addressing various issues including building resiliency, reducing burn out, compassion fatigue, and secondary trauma
I am a writer and performer and believe that art is a powerful part of healing. I also work with artists, musicians, and performers who may feel stuck in their process, or want to explore areas of their work.