Therapy, also referred to as counseling or psychotherapy, is a healthy and responsible self-care practice that can provide an individual with an insight, support, and new strategies for all types of life challenges they are currently experiencing. Therapy is also a great way to work towards healing from past traumas and to address issues with communication blocks, relational discord, conflict, fears, anxiety, sadness, grief, stress management, body-image issues, and major life transitions.
Hypnotherapy creates subconscious change in an individual in the form of new responses, thoughts, attitudes, behaviors, or feelings. It is undertaken with the individual in self-guided hypnosis. No one enters a hypnotic state without allowing it to happen. While hypnotized, the individual’s nervous system is in a state of complete relaxation. However, they are still alert and in control with an unconscious mind. That means the individual has the power to reject any suggestions I offer them; all I ask is that they enter this process open-minded.
Feminist Therapy & Womanist Theory
Feminist Therapy looks at social, cultural, and political structures that shape how we feel and function. It strives to dismantle bias, stereotyping, oppression, discrimination, and other factors that threaten an individual’s mental health, both structurally and individually through increased awareness and empowerment.
Womanist Theory looks at the herstory and everyday experiences of Black women. The theory uses culturally based and strengths-based interventions to gain a better understanding of the individual’s Blackness as the lens through which one’s understands her femininity.
Restorative Yoga is derived from a research-based treatment model (Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga) that uses movement and breath work to support empowerment and agency-building. No yoga experience is needed. Many of the asanas (poses) introduced to the individual will require holding for several minutes. We will incorporate deep breathing and props such as folded blankets, a mediation chair, straps, and blocks, to relax the body and reduce stress by promoting physical, mental, and emotional restoration.
Narrative & Poetry Therapy
Narrative and Poetry Therapy both fall under Expressive Arts Therapy, a multi-arts approach that views individual as separate from their problems. At the core of expressive arts therapy is the concept of poesies, a Greek word that is the root of the word poetry, which refers to the natural process of moving from everyday expectations into the world of imagination and creativity that results in self-reflection, and storytelling of past and current life events.
This allows the individual to get some distance from the issue to see how it might actually be helping them, or protecting them, more than it is hurting them. With this new perspective, individuals feel more empowered to make changes in their thought patterns and behavior and “rewrite” their life story for a future that reflects who they are, what they are capable of, and what their purpose is, separate from their problems.
Professional Development is the process of identifying goals and learning new skills to support you to grow and succeed in professional environments. Rather you are hoping for a promotion, preparing for career change or simply want to do better in your current position, we will co-create and execute a development plan that supports your sustainable career plan.
Coaching differs from therapy. Therapy focuses on supporting the individual dismantle past trauma and/or other challenges while coaching inspires the individual to move forward. In some cases, coaching could resemble having an accountability partner.
As your coach, I will partner with you in self-discovery, personal growth, goal setting and goal-reaching. We will collaborate to discover within yourself the beliefs or issues that are blocking you from getting all you want out of life, and to help elicit from within you your own best solutions or new ways of being to live more of the life you want to live.
If you are a coaching client only, I am not your therapist and will not be providing any psychotherapy. During the treatment, I may recommend that you engage a therapist. If this situation arises, we will discuss your options at that time.
Sisterhood Coaching similar to coaching (see above) but supports not only the individual but their female-identifying family members or natural supports (i.e., sisters, mother, aunt, friends, extended family, roommates, intimate partner, etc.).
As your coach, I will partner with each person to improve their communication skills, establish healthy boundaries, and learn collective conflict resolution skills to strengthen the sisterhood. Coaching goals are attained once shared tools of loyalty, honesty, compassion, listening, and trust are co-developed to deepen positive relationship change.