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My Specialties

While I treat a range of folks with a diversity of identities and experiences, I specialize in areas that I have lived experience in and/ or receive advance training in. This includes: Somatic Therapy, Trauma Stewardship, Ecotherapy, LGBTQ+ Queer and Gender-Affirming Therapy, Polyamory & Consensual Nonmonogamy and Decolonization Practices.

 

I do not consider myself an expert in these particular areas, but these specialty areas are where I'm devoting time for research and professional development. Most of my clients and folks who engage with my content are exploring one or more of these specialties. 

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

Nazareth University, Rochester NY

Masters of Social Work

  • Specialization in advocacy and community building through sustainable & trauma-sensitive services and systems.

 

Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva NY 

Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Philosophy, with Honors

  • Honors Thesis on personal identity development and exploring interdisciplinary mind/body research.

WORK EXPERIENCE

Cornell University, Ithaca NY  

FarmNet Family Consultant ​

 

Tree of Hope LLC, Rochester NY 

Affiliate Therapist

Cayuga Centers, Ontario County NY 

Community-based Functional Family Therapist​

 

Tree of Hope PLLC, Rochester NY 

Psychotherapy & Gender Facilitation Intern (500 hour placement)​

Nazareth University, Rochester NY 

Graduate Assistant in the Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusive Excellence in Education & ATLAS, the LGBTQ+ Resource Center.

Person Centered Housing Options, Rochester NY 

Homeless Outreach and Engagement Specialist (400 hour placement)

CERTIFICATIONS

  • Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) Candidate Est. 2023 - 2024

  • Custody & Visitation Mediation (The Center for Dispute Settlement) August 2023

  • SafeZone Initiative Train-the-Trainer April 2023

  • Schema Therapy 2022 - 2023

  • Transformative Mediation (The Center for Dispute Settlement) December 2022

  • Restorative Justice (Partners in Restorative Initiatives, PIRI) March 2022

  • Nonviolent Communication (M.K. Gandhi Institute) February 2021

  • Embodied Antiracism (Francesca Marguerite Maximé) May - June 2020

  • Advance Facilitation on Race and Gender (Michelle C. Johnson) March 2020

  • Yoga Nidra February 2019

  • Restorative Yoga October 2016

  • 200 RYT Interdisciplinary Yoga Teacher Training March 2016

  • Personal Care Aide January 2015

 

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

  • Volunteer Mediator at Center for Dispute Settlement December 2022 - present

  • Volunteer with Being Black in the Burbs (Pride Festivals) May 2021 - July 2022

  • Board Member at Shimmering Light Farm & Renewal Center July 2019 - November 2020

  • Volunteer Yoga Teacher at Spiritus Christi Mental Health Clinic March 2019 - March 2020

 

RESEARCH/ PRESENTATIONS/ PUBLICATIONS

  • Tree of Hope, March 2024 CEU Training: Poly 101, Cultural Considerations for Therapists

  • Tree of Hope, 2024: Hacking Your Nervous System. 

  • Somatic and Anti-Oppressive Social Work, Journal of Social Work Education (Under review for publication)

  • CARS Presentation at Nazareth University, May 2023 Sustainable Developmental and Mental Well-Being of Families and Children in the US vs Finland.

  • Presentation at NYSSWEA Conference, October 2022: Discussing the Work of Dismantling.

  • The Contemplative Path of Relationship. Tarka Philosophy Journal, 6, 164–170. 2022

  • Nazareth’s Week of Social Justice, 2022: Interactive Social Location Event

  • Presentation at SAND Conference, October 2016: The Ego is an Illusion

  • RIT Undergraduate Philosophy Conference, May 2015: Personal Identity in the Digital Age

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