My mission is to create space and resources for helping professionals, survivors, activists and advocates to learn about trauma informed care, trauma awareness and compassion fatigue to facilitate self-care and healing. I want to do this by providing workshops, consulting and self-care plans to individuals and organizations to help incorporate trauma awareness and healing into their daily lives with movement and other modalities including energy healing.
There are many values that guide my work:
Empathy/ Equality and Trauma Informed
I believe all humans are equal and that we must approach all with empathy and compassion. It is also important to normalize that we are all survivors of trauma in some way and that our reactions to trauma are normal reactions to abnormal situations. I believe people are strong and resilient and that everyone should be approached with dignity and not in pity. I incorporate the principles of trauma informed care in my practice and recognize that trauma includes living under oppressive systems, inter-generational trauma and dignity violations that occur when you are not allowed to thrive as your true self.
All are welcome in my workshops and in my practice! I celebrate diversity and strive to make sure everyone feels safe in spaces I create with my trauma informed model. I am LGBTQIA and non-binary affirming and inclusive and embrace body positive values.
Role as Facilitator / Client Centered
The work I do is not therapy or counseling. I see my role as facilitating a space to provide information and to meet participants wherever they are at in their learning and healing. I encourage participants to seek therapy if they are facing trauma reactions that are infringing on their daily lives or need extra support. The support I offer is simply educational in nature and provides resources for people on where to seek help. My energy healing practice is client centered and is always driven by the client’s needs, goals and concerns.
Anti- oppression/ Anti- racism
A lens of anti-oppression and anti-racism is applied to all of my work. It is important to include structural trauma when we talk about trauma and how it impacts ALL of us in our daily lives. I seek to provide a narrative that sees how trauma affects us collectively and individually so we can all support each other in healing. I also strive to be authentic as I practice a healing modality that sadly has been appropriated from many cultures including my own Pakistani roots. I give credit and context to where my healing traditions come from and recognize the the colonization of healing practices by many Western figures. I try to make this right by acknowledging sources, giving back reparations and referring to people from where traditions come from for their expertise.
Empowering grassroots movements and organizations
I want to make sure these workshops and self-care plans and energy healing sessions are attainable to all people that need them and have a policy of offering services on a sliding scale and giving priority to local movements that are working for the community.