I was born into the trauma of poverty. As a child my earliest years were shaped by a family grappling for resources and survival in a developing nation, civil war, and the migrant experience. In the late ’80s my family moved to the Arab Middle East, which was going through a period of social and cultural angst, as well as rapid economic change and development. And it was here, surrounded by culturally and ethnically diverse communities, that I spent my adolescence and young adulthood. These were the early forces that influenced my identity development- gender, culture, religion and spirituality, ethnicity, and sexual orientation.
As a young adult, I moved to America to pursue college, and I completed my graduate work in mental health and social work, with a focus in military and veteran trauma. I am also grateful to have worked with refugee and resettlement communities, rural and urban collectives, and those communities in recovery from addiction. I have spent time observing and learning how individuals and relationships evolve across cultural divides. I have delved into how the intersection of tradition, cultural norms, and modern mores engage us in an adaptive dance that can be both devastating and healing. And now, my passion is exploring the cultural intersections that influence our identity development as individuals.
The journeys my life has taken have informed my clinical focus- how resilience emerges in us, even as we navigate the traumatic events in our lives. This leads me to work extensively with trauma, relationships, depression, anxiety, and the intersections of trauma, where my clients learn to explore how trauma influences our intrinsic values, how it manifests across the spectrum of our relationships, and our social contexts.
As my clinical focus evolves, I have also found a home in working along the evolving dimensions of gender, and sexuality- as distinct but related intellections of self. I love accessing these dimensions in the life of a relationship, the most important being the one we have with ourselves, and how our experiences influence our conceptualizations of body, identity, and social expression.
How do we heal from the worst things that have happened to us? Do we know what has happened to us? How do we make meaning of who we are in the aftermath? How do we move forward? These are the questions that guide my clinical work.
Thank you for your time.
Scope of Practice
- Adjustment Disorders
- Anxiety Disorders
- Delusional Disorders
- Depressive Disorders (Unipolar and Bi-polar)
- Dissociative Disorders
- Faith-based or religious trauma
- Gender, and Sexuality as it applies to LGBTQ+ identity development
- Grief, loss, bereavement
- Kink aware, Bondage/Discipline, Dominance/Submission, and Sadism/Masochism
- Military related or Combat Trauma, including moral injury
- Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
- Relationships: heterosexual, LGBTQ+, polyamorous
- Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders
- Sexual trauma, including Military Sexual Trauma
- Substance Use Disorders, and related co-occurring disorders
- Suicidal ideation/self-harm, managing psychological crisis
- Trauma-informed Life Coaching
- Master of Social Work- with a focus on mental health, military and veteran services, accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), through the University of Southern California.
- Independent, fully Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) regulated by the Georgia Composite Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers, and Marriage and Family Therapists.
- Trained and experienced Medication Assisted Treatment Specialist (MATS), through the Alcohol & Drug Abuse Certification Board of Georgia (ADACBGA).
- Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC) through ADACBGA.
- Trained in Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) through the Strong Star Consortium and the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio.
- Somatic Stress Release, Level I (in-training).
- Somatic Experiencing, Beginning I&II (in-training)