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Welcome! *Cue breathe* Considering therapy is a big step and here you are–you’ve made it one step further and that alone is worthy of some recognition! Many emotions may be coming up for you in your search for a therapist and my guess is that a lot of it comes down to finding the right fit. This is understandable. No matter how many times you’ve experienced the therapeutic process, every relationship is different. Every therapist is different. For those of you who are new to therapy, the thought of being vulnerable with somone new can provoke some uncomfortable feelings. I can’t say that I can help ease the discomfort of this very normal experience, but what I have done is share parts of myself with you so that you can make an informed decision. I hope you find something that resonates with you.

My name is Giovanna, but you can call me Gio (she/her). I am a licensed therapist. I currently hold an Associates Clinical License (LSWAIC) and I am expected to receive full licensure status (LICSW) in the Fall of 2021. Until then, I’ll be receiving full supervision and oversight from Nancy Namkung, LICSW, License # LW60664755. I identify as a first-generation Chicana who was raised in the suburbs outside of the Seattle Area. Although, it’s always hard for me to say, I do want to make it clear that I’m an English speaking therapist. I am proud of my Mexican heritage and there is also the reality that parts of me have been severed from my culture and this includes my native tongue.



Therapeutic Style

Relational-Cultural Therapy
Mindfulness and DBT Influenced
Yoga and Somatic work driven. Trained in Trauma Informed Yoga Therapy through YBB
Grounded in Trauma Informed practices and perspectives (Generational, Individual, Systems, Collective) Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT)
Social Justice Oriented Practice (Decolonial and Feminist)

 

Focus

  • Ages 13 and older
  • Anxiety and Stress
  • Depression
  • Cultural and Racial Identity
  • Loss of a loved one
  • Intergenerational Trauma
  • Family/ Relationships
  • Highly Sensitive Individuals
  • Self Esteem
  • Physical Manifestations of Stress
  • Life Transitions/Career Changes
  • Burn Out/Compassion Fatigue

When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy

-Rumi

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