I partner with individuals and relationships, romantic or otherwise, experiencing both the challenges and joys of this gorgeous and tragic world. I partner with those who are seeking to thrive.
I am interested in you as a whole person, the communities you are a part of and the world you inhabit. I work with people of varying socioeconomic backgrounds, identities and relationship styles. I honor your experiences and acknowledge your thoughts and feelings. With an Emotionally Focused Therapy and Relational-Cultural Therapy mindset, our interactions are made of curiosity, equity and empathy.
I have a therapeutic focus on illness, disability, chronic and new pain, grief and loss, trauma, vicarious trauma, oppression and justice, incarceration, addiction, (in)fertility, miscarriage, pregnancy, birth, traumatic or challenging births and the postpartum period.
I also appreciate working with people and relationships that are experiencing other emotions and situations not mentioned above…all with hopes for the furthering of growth, love and change.
I’d be honored to work alongside you to promote your versions of healthfulness, vulnerability, understanding and resiliency.
If you are interested to explore if this therapeutic relationship is for you, please inquire – see the ‘Contact and Logistics’ tab.
I offer compassionate, engaged and transparent therapeutic services where we are all encouraged to contribute to and change the course of therapy. As a part of your team, I will be present to consistently promote understanding, reflection, worthiness, healing and thriving.
- I practice from the Relational Cultural Therapy model where empathy is central.
- I have training in Emotional Focused Therapy (EFT), a model for couples and relationship therapy that embraces the impactful role of attachment.
- I have a Masters in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh, have attended many conferences, workshops and trainings by Universities, foundations and from the brilliant people of my community. I find learning in a variety of environments, including especially from the individuals I work along side, to be key for my growth and am committed to this throughout my whole life.
- As a certified birth doula, I have experience with the prenatal, pregnancy and the postpartum period, as well as assisting in healing from challenging or traumatic births. I have a unique perspective as to how pregnancy, attempts at pregnancy, miscarriage, birth, new children and shifting family dynamics have effects on individuals, relationships and whole families. I have trained healthcare professionals and birth support people in supporting LGBTQ people in the pregnancy, birth and during the postpartum period.
- I am trained and practiced in conflict resolution and mediation, which offer insight into moments of conflict stress. I have particular interest in restorative and transformative justice.
- I have practiced therapy with individuals who are in jail. In that context, and within others, I have worked with people who experience addiction.
- I am interested in and understanding of illness, (chronic) pain and disability and the significance on a person and relationships. I have led and continue to lead support groups for people with MS and am dedicated to promoting disability justice.
- I have experience with trauma and resiliency. I have taken and given trainings on trauma, have worked alongside many survivors of intimate partner violence and homelessness. Through my specific training from the Community Resilience Model I have learned about trauma in relation to the nervous system. I have been trained in and practiced therapeutic sessions related to challenging and traumatic childbirth.
- I am supportive of healing and moving with grief and loss and all the many different forms it takes. I have been and continue to be a grief support group facilitator for people with different kinds of losses.
- I am LGBTQIA+, kink, and polyamorous aware and affirming.
- I am rooted in social justice and community organizing. I have a focus on promoting racial justice, health care justice, disability justice and supporting those who are incarcerated.
Please contact me by phone at (412) 407-2476 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LOCATION AND DAYS:
Monday, Tuesday and Sunday –
Nuin Center in Highland Park -5655 Bryant St, Suite 106, Pittsburgh, PA, 15206
http://www.nuincenter.com, (412) 661-6108
The 71A and 71B stop right in front of the building. Other bus lines come close, like the 75 and the 89, and require a walk. There is a free parking lot, free on-street parking and places to lock up your bike.
The building is physically accessible to those with mobility impairments and in wheelchairs. No stairs necessary to get to my office and the bathroom, which has an accessible stall.
I accept UPMC Commercial insurance and Cigna Insurance.
If you have another insurance, I can give you an out-of-network invoice that you can turn into your insurance to be reimbursed if your insurance is open to this. We can figure this out together.
I strive to be within reach for all. I accept payment on a sliding scale of $30 – $100/hour. We will work out a payment plan upon your first visit. This plan can change as your life changes.
I am influenced by many. Friends, family, teachers. bell hooks, Brene Brown, Sue Johnson (EFT), Jane Addams, Audre Lorde, James Hillman, Mia Mingus, the early practitioners of Relational-Cultural Therapy (RCT) such as Judith Jordan and Jean Baker Miller and many other smart and poised people of various disciplines: all supporters of love, care, vulnerability, strength and transformation.
I practice in a support net with connections and referrals to other important and credible healers: body workers, herbalists, energy healers, physical therapists, other mental health practitioners, and western medical doctors in this area.
This is a short list of resources I have found helpful and insightful, organized by topic. If you have resources that have been influential to your life and healing, please do share!
Illness, disability, pain:
Access Intimacy: The Missing Link – Mia Mingus
Spoons – Savannah Logsdon-Breakstone
You feel like shit – An Interaction Self-care guide
Grief and loss: How to lose and honor and not lose ourselves
grief is gratitude, fear is intelligence, truth is strategic – Adrienne Maree Brown
Grief and Gratitude – Adrienne Maree Brown
grief is not linear and it is everywhere – Adrienne Maree Brown
lighting candles for orlando, and for all of us – Adrienne Maree Brown
the dark magic of grief – Rae Swersey
What Does it Mean to Hold Space – Heather Plett
Caitlin Doughty on Death Positivity and Rituals
Trauma and resiliency:
The art of healing trauma – Heidi Hanson
15 Trauma Healing Goals – Symbolic Representations
Window of Tolerance – Laura Kerr
(This is a book that I have found extremely helpful for activists and social work-type people – Trauma Stewardship)
Radical mental health care:
The Icarus Project
Mad In American
Culture, Healing justice and Activism:
Healing Justice for the Black Lives Matter Movement – Just Healing
Medical Industrial Complex – Visual – Mia Mingus
The Opposite of Rape Culture is Nurturance Culture– Nora Samaran
Transforming Historical Harms – Coming to the Table
What isn’t transformative justice – Adrienne Maree Brown
Pods and Pod Mapping Worksheet – by the Bay Area Transformative Justice Collective on relationships to turn towards for both support and responsibility
Pregnancy, birth and postpartum:
Postpartum Pittsburgh – Mental health resources for people who are pregnant or postpartum
On Soul, Character and Calling: A Conversation with James Hillman – Scott London
I facilitate four therapeutic groups – all are open to new members each session. Please contact me directly if you have any questions or are planning to attend.
Grief and loss support group — Open to all loss experiences
The next group is Wednesday, October 18th, from 6 pm- 7:30 pm at the Nuin Center in Highland Park, 5655 Bryant St, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
This building is physically accessible. A free parking lot is in front of the building and there is free on-street parking around building as well. The 71a and 71b come right to the building. Suggested donation of $5-25/group and no one turned away for lack of funds. Please RSVP so I know who to expect.
Support group for couples where at least one person has MS
Variable Wednesdays, once a month from 6 pm – 8 pm
Variable locations. They are sometimes at the National MS Society’s Office in the Northside- 1501 Reedsdale St., Suite 105, Pittsburgh, PA, 15233.
This building is physically accessible with convenient parking and the 18 and 14 buses come close by. No fee for the group. Please contact me before attending for more information.
I also hold two groups in the Allegheny County Jail – a grief and loss support group and a Healing Trauma group. They alternate Thursdays and are from 4-5 pm for a women’s pod. If someone you know may be interested in attending, please write me directly and we can coordinate an invite.