Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
Bellingham WA
I offer a holistic, client centered approach that invites the inclusion of individual cultural identity and spirituality for psycho-spiritual exploration and development. Therapeutics approaches of motivational interviewing, goal directed therapy, advanced grief recovery methods are offered. Encouragement to connect with one’s own emotional intelligence and inner healer is offered throughout these approaches. I offer preparation and integration sessions for clients who are interested in ketamine assisted psychotherapy. This includes collaboration with a prescribing physician, psychological screening and supportive presence and therapy during the ketamine medicine sessions. These services can be offered through the AIMS Institute in Seattle and the Bellingham Ketamine Therapy Clinic.
I received a B.A. in Psychology from University of Virginia, with a minor in Religious Studies with a focus on Eastern Religions and Shamanism. During this time I developed a spiritual practice in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, while also participating in Lakota spiritual practices, combining these practices with those of my own tribe-The Nansemond Indian Nation of Virginia. I received a Masters degree in Social Work from San Jose State University in CA, followed a graduate level certificate degree from The California Institute of Integral Studies: Psychedelic Assisted Psychotherapy and Research, completing a two week residential training at Synthesis Retreat Center in Amsterdam with the use of psychedelic truffles. During the CIIS certificate program I also received ketamine assisted psychotherapy training with Dr. Wolfson of the Ketamine Research Foundation. Much of my career has been devoted to offering compassionate presence, counseling, and advocacy to hospice clients and their families, including individual and group grief support services. Additionally I completed Level 1 and Level 2 trainings as a Death Doula so that a deeper level of support can be offered. My life has been guided by the insights and healing offered through a variety of experiences in non-ordinary states. It is an ongoing journey to wholeness and interconnectedness. My therapeutic practice creates an opportunities and safe space for clients to find wholeness and interconnectedness for themselves.
Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy, Grief Recovery Method