Calling all Sensitive Hearts...
~who feel everything on a deep level
~who are told to "get a thicker skin"
~who are empathic & take on other people's emotions
~who feel overwhelmed by the level of injustice, hatred, and cruelty in this world
~who may people-please and be afraid of judgment
~who caretake others and need self-care
~who may feel chronic anxiety in their body
~who might feel shame: not enough, not worthy, bad or wrong
~who may heal others
~who might work in social & environmental justice movements
~who create, are artists, have wild imaginations and vivid dreams
~who are in love, wonder, and awe of LIFE
~and, who feel enraged and devastated by the crisis of Life on this planet
~who value deep inner work and transformation, personal growth & spiritual awakening
~who dream of a peaceful world
My fellow empaths, intuitives, healers, expressives, psychics, artists, poets, activists, dreamers, dancers, feelers.. super-feelers!
Come take a seat in my little corner of the world. Where it is warm, safe, and quiet. Still, gentle, and slow. Loving, silly, and tender. Where you can cry, rage, heal, rest, and regenerate. Where you can find solid ground beneath you. And, where your heart can be tended to, nourished, and healed, with another Sensitive Heart.
Your empathy and sensitivity are superpowers and gifts this world desperately needs. My job is to help you with the challenges and support your uncovering of innate Resilience, Worthiness, and Wholeness.
Photo by Aaron Burden
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I’m also an empathic, sensitive, compassionate human, trying my best to use these traits for growing Love & Good in this world.
I identify as Latinx & white, Chilean-American, femme, queer, cisgender, bisexual and able-bodied. I benefit from white/light skin, thinness, and being born in the US.
The therapy I offer comes from my heart and core values: Love, Life, Healing, Justice, Connection, Collective Liberation, Community, Expression, Spirituality, and No-Harm.
Approach: I'm person-centered & humanistic which means I intend to see, hear, and understand you; to see your innate strengths & goodness and support you to find your own wisdom within.
I use mindfulness-based, somatic, and attachment-based approaches, which means creating safety in our relationship is priority and I can help you listen to yourself, in the present moment, to the many parts of you: your emotions, body, heart, memories, needs, values and desires. This is transformative work for releasing pain, healing wounds, and discovering sources of strength that fill you with the life force to move forward and thrive.
I hold a systems lens which means we will attend to the fact that your health is directly impacted by the oppressive, unjust social & political systems we live in. I am deeply committed to anti-racism & anti-oppression work that informs my healing work.
I also offer a more skills-based, directive approach for those who need it, having worked extensively with Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT.)
I strive to create a space that's respectful, affirming, and safe for people of all racial and cultural backgrounds, and sexual and gender minorities. I acknowledge all of my privileges and that I will not know everything about your personal experience.
I’m committed to doing my own work around white/light-skin benefit and white supremacy, privilege, and oppression, and serving people who are QTBIPOC (Queer, Transgender & Gender Nonconforming, Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color), people with disabilities, and immigrants, with humility, affirmation, and accountability. I don't want you to have to explain yourself and I do my work so I can get it as much as I can.
Credentials & Training:
LMHC (Licensed Mental Health Counselor) LH61048283
MA in Psychology: Counseling Specialization from Saybrook University (formerly Leadership Institute of Seattle, LIOS)
BA in Sociology from the University of Washington
I’ve been working with individuals, relationships, and groups since 2015, in the areas of mental health treatment including outpatient, intensive outpatient (IOP) and partial hospitalization (PHP) levels of care; wellness and mindfulness coaching, and mindfulness & meditation teaching
I've worked with adults and teens in the above settings, and with kids for 10 years
Advanced training in Internal Family Systems (IFS, Level 1), Primary Attachment Psychotherapy, Hakomi, and Gestalt
Ongoing trainings in Social & Racial Justice informed healing including with Leticia Nieto
Over 20 years of personal experience with meditation which informs my mindfulness-based therapeutic work.
What feeds my soul: dancing, nature/miraculous Life!, deep & meaningful connection, Brazilian medicine music like Josii Yakecan, fluffy snuggly animals, massage & bodywork, activism, adrienne maree brown, and AOC.