In the social and cultural fabrics, all too often we are asked to value similarities and communities and “the others” are seen as wrong or bad and thus “the others” are kept at a distance. When one is immersed in their social and cultural environments full of expectations, biases, and norms, “I” can be hard to listen to, and “we” are often created with strings attached.
In my past work both clinically and artistically, I have observed and experienced repeatedly the importance of an embodied self to truly achieve integration, healing, and ownership of one’s unique voice. I have seen how the energy of fear can become imprisoned in the body and create a distorted sense of self and false connections to the world. I believe mindful living in our unique bodies facilitates a satisfying and full life. Therefore, I cultivate a kinesthetic awareness and reflectivity in my work. As an immigrant myself, I strive to continue to advocate for a vast population of immigrant and refugee individuals within the context of family systems and sociocultural/generational/spiritual relationships, to support you to rediscover your strengths and paths, and to honor stories and differences. I value responsibility, intentionality, and connections as the means to healing and restorative process; I aspire to work with people collaboratively to not only unburden you from your pain and struggles, but also learn to grow and thrive from your own choices and interactions. I believe you are unique, and it is my honor to walk alongside in part of your journey to witness the transformation and joy.
Yet, all the kind words and strong bonds would not mean anything without a physicalized reality. When I feel the ease and comfort in my own body and my way of moving about the world, I am most free and real. It has been those present moments of lived experiences that shape my deepest and strongest meanings in life. In recent decades, there has been a boom in research around interconnected body and mind, as well as the power of restorative work with trauma and grief by attending to the body directly. I have found this modality to be extremely effective in my own life and sought advanced training in movement and somatic therapy work.
I hold a Master’s Degree in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling from Columbia College Chicago. I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, a Movement Pattern Analyst (MPA), and an EMDR-trained therapist. In addition to my clinical work, I also hold a Master of Fine Arts in Dance and continuously involve professionally in virtuoso dance and movement improvisation projects.
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