My Approach to Helping
Therapy can be a transformative experience of acknowledging Self and finding a higher level of functioning. The relationship between therapist and client can facilitate gentle and foundational changes aiming to discard dysfunctional coping skills and to acquire healthier tools for living. I approach my clinical practice through a holistic, intersectional and eclectic lens. I use aspects of psychodynamics, cognitive behavior, attachment, mindfulness, family systems and interpersonal theories to create an accepting and nonjudgmental space. Connecting with my clients through compassion, empathy, intuition and healing, I understand and cherish the intimacy and honor that is my role in my clients' lives.
More Info About My Practice
Often, I speak to trauma and anxiety as a backpack which we carry around daily, not realizing how its weight can hinder us. I aim to create a space where clients feel comfortable setting down the backpack, unzipping it and examining what's within. My goal with clients is to look at and honor each item inside and, ultimately, relieve them of some of that weight.
I have been active in her field for over seven years. I hold a Master's degree in Social Work with a concentration in individuals and families from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College in New York City. My graduate studies focused on advocating for transgender women of color engaged in survival sex work. I am contracted with the Women's Center for Creative Work as the social work consultant for the thrice-annual Emergency Health Grant for Artists, as well as serving on their 2018 Programming Board. For three years, I was honored to be employed as a medical social worker at the Los Angeles LGBT Center, helping trans* and gender non-conforming people navigate public health and benefits systems. I am a member of National Association of Social Workers, National Organization for Women and World Professional Association for Transgender Health.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
Tricia's areas of work include exploring LGBTQ issues, artists and creatives, gender identity (including WPATH-standard letters for gender confirmation surgeries), HIV and other chronic illnesses, relationship issues and codependency, PTSD and trauma survivors, depression, anxiety and panic disorders and crisis intervention.
My Role as a Therapist
Being a therapist provides me with intimate knowledge of an insight into my clients' internal struggles, successes, and experiences. I honor and cherish this unique role of holding space for healing. The client-therapist relationship is unique in that it is incredibly intimate and represents how the client relates to the rest of the world. With the therapist, the client is provided a low-stakes environment to try new ways of relating to others and to themselves.