SUPPORTING THE MENTAL HEALTH NEEDS OF OUR COMMUNITY AND THOSE AROUND US
I am committed to and understand transformation processes – at the individual, family, group, organizational, and community levels. I have a strong foundation in the theoretical and practical elements of the change process, and tend to ground my work in trauma-focused, critical, and person-centered approaches. Relationship-building, authenticity, empathy, and explicitly anti-oppressive frameworks are at the core of my personal and professional identity, while a commitment to the values of social justice, dignity and worth of all people, service, integrity, and the centrality of human relationships really frames my professional work.
As a social worker, I find myself most influenced by oppression-focused and decolonizing approaches to mental health and social work practice, which are grounded in the principles of narrative engagement, collective trauma assessment, culturally meaningful intervention planning, and transformation (individual, family, group, community, and society).
I also have extensive experience integrating advocacy and anti-racist strategies into my practice. My work has consistently demonstrated a strong commitment to dismantling the oppressive systems and barriers that moderate opportunities for transformation among vulnerable, marginalized, and underserved communities in Michigan.