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.

paloma-andazola-reza-seattle-wa-therapist-headshot-crisalida-3

I am a cis-queer Xicana (she/her 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, sacred, 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, intuitive beings and find ourselves in deeper connection and interdependence. I do this work in honor of my ancestors and communities, who have traditionally and continually known and found healing in all the brilliant and important ways that have often gone unseen, unknown, or unrecognized. I do this work in honor of the generations that are following us.

I am a licensed clinical social worker (associate) who works from a somatic-psychotherapeutic perspective. My approach integrates expressive arts, narrative/plática, psychodynamic, somatic, sensorimotor, and culturally integrative healing approaches. I specialize in healing complex trauma, PTSD, grief and loss, traumatic loss and complicated grief, chronic stress, vicarious trauma and burnout. I specialize working with people who live with experiences of disAbility and neurodiversity, chronic illness and pain, terminal illness, and end of life transitions, from a Disability Justice perspective. I am fiercely honoring and affirming of all LGBTQQIA+, two spirit, gender identities and fluidities. I specialize in working with Latinx/Xicanx/Hispañx and Indigenous/Native/Aboriginal peoples and people with multiethnic, bi-racial, cross-cultural, and intersectional identity experiences. My work is aimed at transformative healing in wholeness and somatic liberation within the context of acknowledging the ways oppression, racism, colonization, historical and intergenerational trauma, ableism, homophobia, transphobia, sexism, fatphobia and body policing impact and compound how other stressors, wounds, traumas, and life transitions are experienced and how we navigate and find healing.

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, somatic 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 embodied work.

As a queer, Xicana, feminista who lives with invisible disability, I have come to understand how deeply 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 and broader context than just the individual. I believe that in order to have responsive, integrative, and accessible healing, we as therapists, must understand to the greatest extent possible, the complexity and context in which life experiences, trauma, struggles, wounding, 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, decolonial, de-pathologizing, and honor collective and community healing approaches. I believe in un-tangling and de-centering healing from productions of knowledge and actions that primarily center and uphold eurocentric ideologies that dismiss, disregard, and disconnect BIPoC, disabled, and queer communities from our intergenerational, cultural, historical traditions of healing, resilience, and knowing. For this I am explicitly and unapologetically, anti-racist and humbly race conscious, LGBTQQIA+ affirmative, follow Disability Justice leadership and work towards more universal access. I support a sacred, personal, community connected, and embodied liberation for all bodies, across all gender identities and fluidities, ways of communicating, presenting, expressing, connecting, 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. I honor the resilience and power that is in you and your communities. I will hold a collaborative, honoring, compassionate, and authentic sacred space where your safety, dignity, wholeness, belonging, greatest gifts, sources of strength, inherent courage, and deeper wisdom get to exist and create space 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. My personal ethical framework offers that I will maintain a deeply critical and reflective practice in order to offer you support in the most transparent, authentic, collaborative, ethical, and knowledgeable way. To do this, the foundations to my approaches are to honor and put into humble practice the following values:

As a politicized healer, I work towards collective healing, liberation, and justice.

Anti-oppression and de-centering eurocentric values, practices, processes as norm is critical to our healing.

Anti-racism, race consciousness, & intersectionality, always, all ways. 

Disability Justice. 

LGBTQQAI+ diversity and fluidity deserves fabulously affirmative care.

         Our cultural, ancestral, and community roots matter in our healing journey.

I support and encourage the reclamation of creative expressions and arts as healing.

I deeply honor the role of community, interdependency, and relationships in individual healing.

All people deserve 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), September 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, August 2006

Memberships

  • International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation, member since 2020
  • Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute Professional Association, member since 2020
  • 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
“Mainstream ideas of “healing” deeply believe in ableist ideas that you’re either sick or well, fixed or broken, and that nobody would want to be in a disabled or sick or mad bodymind. Unsurprisingly and unfortunately, these ableist ideas often carry over into healing spaces that call themselves “alternative” or “liberatory.” The healing may be acupuncture and herbs, not pills and surgery, but assumptions in both places abound that disabled and sick folks are sad people longing to be “normal,” that cure is always the goal, and that disabled people are objects who have no knowledge of our bodies. And deep in both the medical-industrial complex and “alternative” forms of healing that have not confronted their ableism is the idea that disabled people can’t be healers.”

~ Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha ~