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Condor in flight

Why the condor?

The Andean condor eats and digests what’s dead to clear space for new growth. In doing so it sustains life for itself and its entire ecosystem. I like to think about the therapeutic process in much the same way. How can we metabolize what no longer serves us to make room for new ways of being & relating? The flight of the condor also teaches us to take a step back and gain perspective on our lives so that we may choose our direction with intention.

Unravel the hold of all that is not you.

My approach to therapy

Shrinking away from discomfort shrinks our entire life, but the opposite is also true. Expanding our capacity to notice and sit with discomfort can expand our life's possibilities. Now, this does not mean tolerating injustice, or resigning ourselves to oppressive circumstances. But rather, developing the flexible presence through which we can engage with life, with the people around us, and with ourselves in a way that is meaningful, authentic, and intentional. It also means recognizing when the discomfort is too much, and having tools to tend to ourselves or walk away. 

I believe in our inherent capacity to grow and change, especially when we find ourselves in spaces that are supportive, where judgement has no place, and we can safely engage with all parts of our self. This is the kind of space I aim to create with you. A space of empathy, acceptance, and authenticity. The therapeutic relationship is, after all, the primary means of change. 

Often a central part of understanding what keeps us stuck or unwell is recognizing that we are embedded within structures of power, knowledge, and culture. I am dedicated to investigating and unraveling the hold that these systems have on our psyche and our heart, both personally and professionally. I actively pursue learning about and deconstructing my own privilege. If you are ready for this work, I can also create space for you to carry out these explorations so that you can learn about and shift your own relationship to the systems we live within. 

I love working with marginalized folks, especially BIPOC or people from the global majority, as well as queer and trans people, and individuals in non-traditional or non-monogamous relationship structures. I am 2SLGBTQIA+ affirming, gender affirming, poly and kink affirming, and sex positive. I work with both adults and adolescents 13 years and up. My specialities are trauma work, depression, anxiety, and supporting folks who are moving through difficult transition, who are exploring their gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation, or who would like to get clarity on their life path. 

The depth and intensity of the content of our sessions might bring up uncomfortable feelings or sensations. You may, in fact, feel worse before you feel better. However, psychotherapy has been shown to create long-lasting benefits for people who can commit to the process. It is also important to note that consent is central to my practice, so we will always move at your pace. 

You can read more about the therapeutic modalities I specialize in below. 

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

ACT is a form of cognitive-behavioral therapy that focuses on helping individuals develop psychological flexibility, presence, and a deeper awareness of what is important and meaningful to them. Rather than shrinking away from discomfort and uncertainty, individuals can develop a greater flexibility to engage with the world and themselves in ways that are more meaningful and oriented towards their values. ACT also helps people loosen the hold of their thoughts on their minds. 

Somatic Therapy is a holistic approach to healing that combines talk therapy with body-centered practices. Because the body and mind are inseparable, healing happens when both are a part of the therapeutic process. By noticing our body’s cues we can expand our capacity to cultivate safety, pleasure and joy. Somatic work is particularly well suited to resolving trauma responses, but the benefits of nervous system regulation and a deeper awareness of our felt sense extend far beyond trauma work. 

Somatic Therapy

Feminist Therapy, Liberation, and 
Anti-Oppression
Work

Feminist Therapy is an approach to therapy that is grounded in feminist principles of social justice and equality. I recognize that my clients' experiences are shaped by systems of power and oppression, and I strive to create a therapeutic environment that is sensitive to these dynamics. I work collaboratively with clients to explore the ways in which societal norms and expectations impact their lives, and to empower them to make choices that align with their own values and goals.

Condor in flight

Diana's Qualifications

2022-Present
North Carolina Board of Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors (NCBLCMHC)

Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate

(LCMHCA #A17302)

2022-Present

National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)

National Certified Counselor

(NCC #1623898)

2022-Present

Somatic Experiencing International 

Somatic Experiencing® Professional Training

2023-Present

Education for Racial Equity

Communal Consultations in Somatic Abolitionism for All Bodies of Culture

2017-2021

Lenoir-Rhyne University

Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

2006-2010

Southwestern University

Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude in Political Science

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