Licensed Social Worker Associate Independent Clinical
If you are someone who is like, “I don’t know what I’m doing, I don’t know what is wrong, I need to be heard,” then I want to work with you. If you’re someone who is fed up with the world right now – if you’re angry and you don’t know what to do with the anger, then I want to work with you. If you’re someone who is tired, so very tired – if you want to express your concerns and know someone is hearing you, then I want to work with you.
Therapy is the relationship. We’re two people in a room – and the majority of what we’re doing is building trust and safety. Being a Queer and Fat-Bodied therapist, safety is the lens I’m always using. I see you as a whole person. I recognize that therapy is a scary thing to do and it takes a lot of vulnerability.
Liberation is knowing yourself. Liberation is being able to see the structures that form our society, how those structures either prop you up or hold you back, and not confusing those structures with your self-worth. You can’t logic your way out of oppression, and you can’t logic your way out of cultural or family expectations. But we can name it together, and naming it allows you to take some of its power away. Naming it allows you to stay grounded in yourself, as you acknowledge the world around you and decide how and when to respond.
Pre-liberation is messy and confusing. It’s scary. You feel the weight of the oppression, you feel the block that is holding you back, but you don’t necessarily know what you’re needing. The work of liberation feels uncomfortable. It’s hard work. It’s self-reflection but also recognizing and coming to terms with the societal, cultural, and family systems that are impacting you that you didn’t realize were impacting you.
After it clicks, liberation feels like having a softer relationship with yourself. There’s context. It’s a softening of the idea that there’s something wrong with me. You’re more gentle on yourself when you have hard days. It’s a sign of relief.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate with the State of Washington (#SC61324464). I regularly seek consultation from colleagues as well as my licensed supervisor, Katherine Walter, MSW, LICSW, CSW-G (LICSW #SC61314226).
Sam offers individual counseling (not couples). They see adults and seniors.