Licensed Psychotherapist & Trauma-Informed Coach
I did not become an expert in my field specializing in trauma with a successful practice simply by textbooks alone.
My childhood was saturated with adversity, trauma and chaos. I saw and experienced it all: poverty, addiction, sexual abuse, single parenthood, domestic violence, chronic illness, you name it, I’ve likely been there.
When I was 12, I was committed into my first mental institution and by age 14, I was facing incarceration for the first of many times. Throughout my entire adolescence into early adulthood, I was shuffled through the system, labeled, medicated and relegated to the broken parts of our social justice system where people are often left to feel unloved, unworthy and undeserving of grace. On top of all that, Lymes Disease was simultaneously & unknowingly wreaking havoc on my mental and physical health.
So, if you feel like you’ve been through some shit - welcome, you’re in good company.
After spending several years traveling (and healing) in and out of Central America in my late teens and early 20’s, I returned to the states and embarked upon my academic and professional career. New York City served as a training ground not only for personal development, but it was also my introduction to radical social work, psychedelic assisted psychotherapy, grassroots organizing and the various forms of art-based activism I have grown to love and deeply respect. I hold a bachelor’s degree in social work from New York University as well as a master’s degree in social work & program development from Columbia University with a concentration in contemporary social issues and gender studies. I graduated top of my class, magna cum laude in both programs and managed it all, both clinicals and rigorous coursework with an infant on my back-–literally.
In my life and travels, I’ve had the pleasure and privilege of studying with multiple healers, mystics, elders and medicine people from around the world thus further integrating my perspective(s) on life and culture. My unique background and personal history has offered me profound insight into the multifaceted layers of the human experience. With compassion and humility, I explore both the blessings and challenges of life, love, relationships, motherhood, trauma and grief; ultimately shedding light on the divinity that exists within all things and through this realization, I work passionately at helping others find their grace. I am a certified yoga instructor as well as an independent folk herbalist. I often combine my obsession with neuropsychology and love for plant medicine into my work with others. I’m currently undergoing certification to be recognized through the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) as a psychedelic assisted therapist from the Integrative Psychiatry Institute.
I offer regular trainings and consultations to organizations nationwide, where I help to strategize and implement anti-oppressive as well as relational-based practices and policies geared towards supporting our most vulnerable and at-risk populations here in the states.
I work extensively with individuals, couples and groups suffering from trauma and I specialize in the treatment of PTSD and recovery from addictions; utilizing methodologies that extend beyond many of the current conventional practices that often prove to be impractical and ineffective. I currently live in Asheville, NC with my family where I run my private practice and retreats out of my home/mini farm. I’m currently in the premature stages of outlining a program design for a community based clinic that ensures accessibility of psychedelic assisted therapies to low-income individuals and traditionally marginalized folks. Stay tuned, TBA!!! When I am not working, you can catch me being a rebel-hearted, loud-mouth New Yorker who loves live music, dance filled nights, bougie hotels in exotic places, psychedelics, banned books and dismantling the patriarchy.