Giovanna Torres, MSW, LSWAIC
My name is Giovanna, but you can call me Gio (she/her). I am a first-generation Chicana and a teen mother of one. I have many identities, but I find that these few in particular govern my place in the world and, thus, influence my clinical practice and perspectives. As a professional, I am a Somatic Therapist who believes that our body, mind and spirit need to be incorporated in the therapeutic process in order to heal. I provide services through the means of talk therapy and intend to work towards building a full time Yoga Therapy practice.
I work from the belief that some pain can’t always be articulated, which can present some challenges to anyone’s healing journey–I find this to be especially true for Black, Indigenous and Brown individuals whose experiences continue to be silenced by deeply engrained oppressive systems. Voicing your pain might not have been culturally acceptable or it was experience that didn’t occur in your lifetime, but one that you’re left to grapple with. This is where body centered practices (somatics) can be beneficial in the treatment of individual and generational trauma or for everyday stress. As long as we continue to reconnect with our bodies we can create opportunities to regulate our stressors a little more each time– eventually, deepening our relationship with Self.
My role as a therapist is to be an aid in your endeavors and I will do this by pulling from a variety of therapeutic modalities. I lean heavily on Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT), Relational-Cultural Therapy, DBT skills and principles, and trauma infromed yoga practices. In session, I intend to walk alongside my clients and collaborate with them on their process of healing all while making space for choice, exploration, wonder and joy. I strongly believe my work with clients is reciprocal, which is why I will continue to challenge power dynamics and honor difference. Our relationship will be the foundation of our work together and in this challenges may arise. However, it is in the uncomfortable moments where I find a relational approach offers the most healing in a way that is authentic and deeply impactful.
If you feel we would be a good fit for one another, please contact me for a free 20 minute consultation.
- Portland Center Emotionally Focused Therapy Externship (Sept-Oct 2021)
- Gestalt Therapy Certification (Nov 2020)
- Trauma Informed Crisis Intervention Training (Sept 2019)
- Bachelor’s in Social Work-Seattle University (BSW, 2015)
- Licensed Social Worker Clinical Associate (LSWAIC, 2018)
- Master’s in Social Work-University of Washington (MSW, 2018)
- Licensensed Independent Clincial Social Worker (LICSW, 2022)