Paloma Andazola-Reza, LICSW
Description of Counselor/Practice
I am a cis-queer Xicana/Mestiza (she/her/ella) 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 who offers expressive arts, somatic experiencing, sensorimotor psychotherapy, cognitive, narrative, psychodynamic and through deeply honoring cultural, community and innate healing wisdom. 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. I particularly enjoy working with Latine, Xicanx, Hispaña, Native,Indigenous, First Nations, multiethnic/bi-racial, diaspora, multi-cultural, LGBTQAI2S+, and disabled peoples. I honor wholeness at the intersections of surviving/healing among the daily impacts of oppression, racism, historical, intergenerational trauma, ableism, homophobia, transphobia, fatphobia, and body policing. I enjoy working with young adults to elders towards healing and transformation while navigating everyday stressors and transitions that life presents.
I am a politicized, decolonial, liberation centered healer. I am committed not only to the healing liberation of individuals, but also healing in and with community, healing while tending to transformative systemic change, and therapy as healing justice. 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. Healing is your birthright. Transformation is your birthgift.