Q. What is psychospiritual liberation therapy?
A. Psychospiritual describes the interplay between our psychological and spiritual bodies and their wounding, healing and liberation. Centering therapy around this relationship in the context of liberation allows for true, decolonized development, growth and healing. Liberation therapy have many different meanings and approaches and the road we take together is mapped out based on your needs and desires. My approach to psychospiritual liberation therapy involves a (w)holistic approach to all aspects of who you are, how your body holds and speaks to you, how you show up to your life, relationships and environments (and how they show up for you), the meaning and impact of your culture(s), what depletes and sustains your soul, and how all of that intersects with your experiences, challenges and strenghts. While I weave in an eclectic mix of afro-spiritual philosophies, practices and perspectives, what is most important is that your spirituality is given full permission to express itself throughout your healing and liberation. Another goal of liberation therapy is to center equanimity and justice into the work and the co-healing relationship by reducing barriers, addressing & eradicating bias, and dismantling oppression inherent in the mental health industrial complex.
Q. Do you do typical mid/long-term talk therapy?
A. Typically, I do not provide traditional ongoing talk therapy. I have found that working in the group (community) setting and in short-term, deep intensives suits my therapeutic and healership style. I prefer to utilize the power of intensives to get down to the root of the issue and catalyze healing and change from there. Additionally, therapeutic groups establish the human connection essential for healing and wellness. Our Western society is greatly lacking in true community and it’s time we heal that wound because it is in community we find the true connection we need to thrive. In many aspects, community has been a tool for harm, loss of individuality, competition and capitalistic gain. In its true form and intent, community and relationships within the community is meant to ground us in our truth, our wellness, our purpose and in the secure bonds of trust, love, joy and belonging. With that said, if you become a member of a group or engage in a therapy intensive, ongoing 1:1 sessions will be offered based upon your goals and process.
Q. Tell me more about intensives?
A. Therapy intensives are a beautiful way to honor your healing needs. The intensive format is designed to turn you deeply toward yourself so you can attune to the parts of you ready for healing, tending and liberation. Because each intensive session is unique there isn’t a cookie-cutter agenda or checklist. Your intensive can be held in my office, your office or somewhere near you if you need me to travel to you. I do not provide intensives for folx who have not received previous therapeutic/healing intervention. I generally recommend that folx also have a primary therapist/healer for ongoing support. Rates for intensives begin at $810/6hr session. Rates may vary should travel be over 2-hrs and/or need for space rental. Payment plans are available, but must be paid in full at time of session.
Q. What else should I know about Online Sessions?
A. Sessions are conducted via HIPAA compliant video software. Therapeutic support via text/SMS is not provided. Online concierge services are not provided. Online sessions are not recommended for deep trauma reprocessing and I don’t offer virtual EMDR. There will be additional information in the Psychotherapy Services Packet and Informed Consent.
Q. How do you blend afro-spirituality with psychotherapy
A. Great question! And the answer is pretty nuanced so let’s chat about it together? I don’t blend afro-spiritual rituals with psychotherapy on my own; we will do that together if that is something you desire. When rituals become part of the therapeutic process it is done with great intention, reverence and respect.
Q. What is EMDR therapy?
A. EMDR is a whole therapeutic model and treatment regimen, originally, created for the resolution of trauma symptoms. There is so much to say about EMDR, so if you want to learn more hop on over here!
Q. How does therapy help BIPOC, LGBTQ+ and other marginalized peoples since experiences of oppression, marginalization and bigotry are ongoing?
A. This is a question I asked myself three years ago as I began deepening my work with multicultural families and individuals. It’s a question many folx ask me. What is the point in receiving therapy for a trauma that occurs so regularly? How do we actually heal when there are new wounds daily? How do we rid ourselves of the weight of oppression when it’s hoisted upon us again the next day? I wish I had THE answer to those questions, but I don’t. I do know that we must tend to ourselves in the face of struggle, harm and uncertainty. Therapy is part of the tending process. Therapy can help you unpack your experiences of marginalization and oppression, help you find your power, help you free yourself internally, help you find authentic and effective ways for you to cope and persist. For the most part, you get to determine how therapy can benefit you and your experiences as a BIPOC, QTBIPOC or white member of the LGBTQ+ community.
Q. Do you accept insurance?
A. I do not accept insurance at this time. A limited amount of sliding scale sessions are offered to folx as they come available. I can provide super-bill for you to submit to your insurance company for potential out-of-network reimbursement.
Q. What is co-healing?
A. Co-healing is a term I created to describe the reciprocal, consensual and intuitive exchange of healing energy, wisdom and salve between people joined tougher in service of healing, restoration and liberation. Our primal, spiritual interconnectivity to one another serves as the conduit of this exchange. It is the reason we are compelled to seek wise counsel, ask trusted friends for advice and consume massive amounts of self-help/personal growth/wellness media. We are hardwired for this connection and the flow of co-healing. Co-healing naturally occurs in the therapeutic relationship as the therapist and the co-healing client hold up a mirror to one another simultaneously. Appropriate boundaries are required to keep the co-healing relationship ethical and centered around the healing endeavors of the client. This is not to say that the therapist is to abandon themselves to the relationship, rather it means the therapist is invited to bring their whole self to each session and honor the process that is reflected back to them.