Paloma Andazola-Reza, LSWAIC
Description of Counselor/Practice
I am a cis-queer Xicana/Mestiza (she/her pronouns) who lives with invisible disability. My own journey of healing and seeking a place of wholeness at my intersections has brought me to this work. I do this work in honor of knowing what it takes to find grace and empowerment in the process of healing, in honor of messiness and complexity, and in honor of living at the center of our unique, creative, and expressive beings. I do this work with the understanding that this journey is not linear and requires us to unlearn and relearn how to honor ourselves in our complexity, and as fierce, resilient, connected, and interdependent. I do this work in honor of the generations that follow us. I am a licensed clinical social worker (associate) who works as a psychotherapist using expressive arts, somatic, sensorimotor psychotherapy, cognitive, narrative, psychodynamic with culturally responsive and integrative healing approaches. I specialize in complex trauma, grief and loss, traumatic grief, healing from intimate partner, caregiver, systemic, and institutional violence and abuse, traumatic stress, vicarious trauma, and burnout with direct service providers, caregivers, and other healers, experiences of disability, neurodiversity, high sensitivity, chronic illness and pain, and terminal illness across LGBTQueer+ identities and gender spectrums. I particularly enjoy working with Latinx/Xicanx/Hispañx, Native/Indigenous, multiethnic/bi-racial, cross-cultural peoples with other intersectional identities and diverse embodied experiences who are surviving/healing among the daily impacts of oppression, racism, historical, intergenerational, complex trauma, ableism, homophobia, transphobia, fatphobia, and body policing. I enjoy working with young adults to elders towards healing, transformation, and navigating everyday stressors and transitions that life presents. I am a politicized healer. As a politicized healer, I am committed not only to the healing liberation of individuals, but also community healing, and transformative systemic change. I support deep, personal transformation with the understanding that there are historical, political, economic, and oppressive contexts and structures under which we live and do healing work. I believe in healing as resistance to oppression, as cultural and community resilience, and as liberatory work.