Today you woke up,
looked at yourself in the mirror
and said:
i am a beautiful revolution
i am alive
and i can love myself
and i can begin again.

~ AVA ~

Hello. My name is Paloma Andazola-Reza.

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I am a cis-queer Xicana (she/they pronouns) who lives with invisible disability. My own journey of healing and seeking a place of wholeness at all my intersections has brought me to this work. I do this work in honor of knowing what it takes to find grace, empowerment, and self-love 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, it often does not have a clear and definitive place to land, and requires us to unlearn and relearn how to honor ourselves as whole, fierce, resilient, connected, and interdependent. I do this work in honor of my ancestors and communities who have found healing in so many brilliant and important ways. I do this work in honor of the generations that follow us.

I am a licensed clinical social worker (associate) who works from a somatic-psychotherapy perspective, integrating expressive arts, narrative, psychodynamic, somatic, sensorimotor, and culturally responsive healing approaches. I specialize in healing complex trauma, grief and loss, traumatic loss and complicated grief, chronic stress, vicarious trauma, and burnout, experiences of disability across the spectrum and neurodiversity, chronic illness and pain, terminal illness and end of life transitions, LGBTQQIA+ responsive, two-spirit and diverse gender identities affirmative, multiethnic/bi-racial, cross-cultural, and intersectional identity experiences, and transformation and somatic liberation within the impacts of oppression, racism, historical and intergenerational trauma, ableism, homophobia, transphobia, sexism, fatphobia, body policing, and navigating all the other stressors and transitions that life presents us. I work with adults and youth (ages 16+).

I am a politicized healer. As a politicized healer, I am committed to the healing liberation of individuals, communities, 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.

As a queer, Xicana, third world feminista, with an invisible disability, I know how important it is to do healing work at the intersections of our experiences and being. As a politicized healer, I believe healing and wellness takes place within a deeper context than just the individual. I believe that in order to have responsive, integrative, and accessible healing, we as psychotherapists, must understand to the greatest extent possible, the complexity and context in which life experiences, trauma, struggles, conflicts, and healing takes place.

I recognize and honor experiences are diverse within each of our unique embodied, social, cultural, racial, economic, ability and access locations.

As a therapist, I believe I have an ethical obligation to ground my work in healing practices that are culturally responsive and integrative, anti-racist and race conscious, anti-oppressive, decolonizing, de-pathologizing, and honor collective healing approaches, are LGBTQQIA+ responsive and affirmative, assert and work for disability justice and access, support embodied liberation for all bodies, gender identities, ways of communicating, presenting, expressing, and being in the world.

I honor the complexity of you, your stories, and your embodied life experiences, at the intersection of all your identities, as the resilience and power that is you. I will hold a collaborative and compassionate space where your safety, dignity, wholeness, belonging, greatest gifts, sources of strength, inherent courage, and deeper wisdom get to exist at once to allow for more generative, embodied, empowered, and holistic healing to take place.

I will honor what you bring into your healing journey, in all your complexity, as it becomes known through our work together. I maintain a deeply critical reflective practice in order to offer support in the most transparent, authentic, ethical, and knowledgeable way. To do this, the foundations to my approaches are to honor and put into practice the following values:

Politicized healing & healing as liberation

Anti-oppression and social justice

Anti-racism, race consciousness, & intersectionality

Disability Justice

LGBTQQAI+ responsive and gender affirmative care

Culturally responsive and integrative healing

Decolonializing [i]llness as [we]llness

Community honoring, interdependency, and relational healing

Fierce embodiment, Body Trust ® & fat liberation

Credentials

I am a Licensed Social Work Associate Independent Clinical (LSWAIC), license #60593287, Exp. 9/09/2021 and currently working under the clinical supervision of Vicki Nino-Osby, LICSW #LW00005055.

 

Education

I obtained my Masters in Social Work (MSW) with a focus on Community Centered Integrative Practice and Multicultural Mental Health from the University of Washington in 2014.

I have a BA in Ethnic Studies and BA in History from the University of Oregon, 2008

Certificates

    Somatic Experiencing (Y1), Current 2020
    Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (Y1), Sept. 2020
    Expressive Arts Therapy, June 2019
    Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, May 2019
    Psychodynamic Clinical Theory and Practice Certification, May 2017
    Professional Mediation Certificate, University of Oregon, School of Law, 2006

Professional Memberships

  • International Association of Trauma Professionals, member since 2019
  • Somatic Experiencing, member since 2019
  • International Expressive Arts Therapy Association, member since 2018
  • National Association of Social Workers, member since 2013
  • Washington State Society for Clinical Social Work, member since 2017
  • Clinical Social Work Association, member since 2015
  • Social Welfare Action Alliance, member since 2015
“The thing I always wanted to say is that surviving abuse sucks. But it's also a choose-your-own-adventure story.” 

~ Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha ~