Healing is the pathway to justice.
Safety is the foundation of healing.
Does this sound familiar?
We’ve all experienced it at some point or another in our lives. For some of us, it is a cycle that we can’t seem to break no matter how hard we try. It goes something like this. . .
You know you need to say something that’s going to make people uncomfortable. You tell yourself you’re ready. You even know what you are going to say. There’s that pause, that moment for you to speak up.
You know it because you feel it in your body—your heart feels like it’s going to jump out of your chest. You feel that fluttering in the pit of your stomach, the dry, stickiness in your mouth, the sweaty palms.
. . . aaaannnddd you’re silent. . . the words refuse to come out of your mouth. . .they are stuck in your throat. Your body fights the overwhelming sense of wanting to run away or you can feel your body shrinking.
Then the tidal wave of disappointment or shame or disgust comes crashing through. . .you feel the shift, the nosedive. . .it feels like you just turned off your own light. . .again.
Your mind and body check out. You find yourself in a fog, functioning on autopilot, just going through the motions.
Talking is essential to our day-to-day functioning, yet it can be one of the most dangerous things we do
My coaching, facilitation and consulting services are geared toward people who spend most or all of their time helping other people. . .social workers, counselors, teachers, and leaders. These are folx who are committed to social and racial justice yet, find it difficult to invest in their own healing and growth work.There are four overarching goals in my work:
1. Establish safety and learn how to hold space to have vulnerable, justice-centered conversations;
2. Develop neuro-resilience and agility to name and repair ruptures and heal harm;
3. Create practices to heal relationships that have been harmed by social trauma, and;
4. Normalize generative justice-related dialogue.
My life journey has been about healing. The work that I do is first and foremost for me. I don’t believe in asking people to do something I have not done. Second, I know trauma and its impact. . .I’ve lived it, I study it, I teach it. Through my own journey of healing and growth I have come to know the pain of self-examination and the joy of liberation. The gut-wrenching process of self-reflection, acknowledging the harm I endured and the injury I created, and admitting my own collusion has been a painful, yet essential aspect of the healing process. I am uniquely blessed to have accompanied thousands of people on their healing journeys. I’ve sat witness to unimaginable experiences of trauma, held space to navigate through unimaginable pain, and believe in growth beyond what many see is possible. I am passionate about working with folks who are interested and committed to healing, justice and growth and would be delighted to travel with you on your journey.