Affirmative Heart no longer has a physical office location and solely provides telehealth sessions via video or telephone.
We all have a desire to live authentically and to feel supported and loved as we do so. Yet, maintaining such a balance is hard work and sometimes it can be derailed or stalled. I believe that our multiple identities and affiliations impact our sense of well-being and belonging in the world in myriad ways—conscious and unconscious—and so it is important to bring these identities into the counseling room so as to integrate them into the whole picture of your wellness. To do that, I practice from an intersectional-feminist/social justice lens and a LGBTQQIA+ affirmative approach.
I am a politicized healer, meaning that I look at the issues my clients bring in to therapy as either adaptations for survival, the result of oppression, or internalized social norms given our current social/political context. My approach to wellness is to help people decolonize the way they exist in the world and become aware of what ways Western imperialism and other forms of supremacy have influenced them. I often see client’s “problems” as messengers about my clients’ true needs or desires that might be suppressed, avoided, or otherwise unmet. While clients may have ingrained reactions and perceptions of the world for many legitimate reasons, I strive to help them find ways to be free with and connected to their authentic desires and needs in ways that feel safe for them within the realities of making their lives work through the (often marginalizing) institutions they may face.
I feel that the deep work that can be done in the counseling room with someone you trust, and who is present with you, is a powerful tool to be used toward feeling more connected with yourself and your world.
“I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me too. Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it’s true I’m here, and I’m just as strange as you.”
~ Frida Kahlo ~