Hey, hey - thank you for stopping by to learn a little bit more about what you might experience working with me. Overall, my approach is intentional toward transforming the way we relate with ourselves and others, as opposed to teaching clients merely how to cope. Coping skills can be live-saving; however, we truly can transform our psyche to create more compassionate internal systems.
My primary clinical focus is working with clients who endure challenges in self-concept (think self-worth, self-esteem, sense of self, relationship with self), relationships with others, and rediscovering ourselves after enduring trauma (developmental, sexual, relational, and more!).
Many people who seek my services say that they recognize relational or behavioral patterns they would like to change, have challenges with self-esteem, or areas in which they are "stuck." I am an inclusive and comprehensive practitioner, celebrating the unique attributes of each individual, guiding toward reduction of inner conflict/turmoil while supporting discovery of our most authentic selves.
*I am not accepting clients who solely seek letter-writing services.
I work with teens, young adults, and adults (plus their family members!) who experience:
(this is relational/attachment/developmental trauma)
LGBTQ+ affirming, competent, and experienced space!
Enhancing self esteem
Family functionality and parenting support
Also, let's consider how neurodivergence (ND) might manifest in your world, possibly impacting mental health, well-being, and overall function. ND affirming and competent.
As the Director of Community Impact, Ky provides direction to the Light Source therapist collective by upholding the key social work principle to enhance human well-being and help meet the basic human needs of all people, with particular attention to the needs and empowerment of people who are vulnerable, oppressed, and living in poverty. A historic and defining feature of social work is the profession’s dual focus on individual well-being in a social context and the well-being of society. Fundamental to social work is attention to the environmental forces that create, contribute to, and address problems in living.
In order to build stronger communities and improve the quality of life for the people living in them, Ky is focused on community impact through community-based needs assessments, educational initiatives, supporting those in helping professions, and advocacy. Other projects include suicide prevention, opioid remediation/risk reduction, and mental health conference planning.
For more information about education, consultation, or training, please visit the ALIGN page.
Ky earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications at California State University, Bakersfield and a Master of Social Work (MSW) from Boston University. Ky holds independent licensure in Missouri (LCSW 202301268), and in Illinois (LCSW 149.025630).
Ky completed an advanced clinical practicum in a sexual trauma specialty program. Through this program, Ky worked extensively with clients who had experienced severe relational, developmental, and sexual trauma.
Working through psychodynamic, attachment/relational, and trauma-informed approaches, Ky conceptualizes relational challenges through a trauma-informed lens allowing for intergenerational healing to occur. Ky believes that because trauma occurs within relationships, trauma can be healed through relationships. Whether that is relationship with a spouse, your parent, or your therapist, we will also examine relationship with self, nutrition, sleep, and many other things.
Ky's areas of specialization include relational/developmental complex trauma, which lends well to parenting and family systems work.
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