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Intergenerational trauma healing that is unapologetically anti-oppressive and rooted in your liberation.

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“Trauma is not what happens to you; it is what happens inside you as a result of what happens to you”

-Gabor Mate

If trauma is what happens inside of you, that means you have some power and choice over how it lives inside of you.

Have you ever felt like you were carrying your family’s pain as well as your own?

Intergenerational Trauma Matters in your story

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“Unhealed trauma acts like a rock thrown into a pond; it causes ripples that move outward, affecting many other bodies over time.”

-Resmaa Menakem

So much of trauma is pre-verbal and informed by the context of our family and by our upbringing. As a result, your upbringing is informed by your caregiver’s experiences as a child. And on it goes down the line…

If your lineage experienced government sanctioned traumas that attempted to erase their existence, such as Indigenous Residential Schools, the Holocaust, or living through the era of Jim Crow (to name a few), you are likely holding the wounds of your ancestors in your bones today.

Intersectional therapy invites this context into your personal healing journey as you explore liberation from the cycle of trauma. In fact without this context, true liberation cannot exist.

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Identity Matters in your Story

“Most traditional therapeutic practices do not address systematic oppression, ancestral trauma, LGTBQIA+ mental health and wellness, and the general mental, emotional, or physical plight of BIPOC and marginalized communities.”

- Dr. Jennifer Mullan Jennifer Mullan — CIIS Public Programs Podcast (ciispod.com)

Who we are raised by, what foods we eat, what soil we come from, what music we listen to, what languages we speak and how our bodies feel informs who we become. And then there is the soul truth of who you were born to become. I’m interested in meeting you on that soul journey.

There is a deep, body-based relief that comes from not having to explain yourself to someone. This beautiful non-verbal exchange that can occur with a mere glance. This exchange allows the parasympathetic nervous system to engage. This engagement slows the heart and gives you access to feelings of calm and access to a feeling of rest in the body. This is important in anti-oppressive therapy, as conversations about identity and dynamics of privilege, power and oppression can be difficult and uncomfortable, but are intrinsic to the way that I facilitate therapy.

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Land Matters in your story

Ocean meets the mountains

“Land is something sacred to all of us, whether we consciously appreciate it or not — it is the space upon which we play, live, eat, find love, and experience life. The land is ever-changing and ever-shifting, giving us — and other creatures and beings on the earth — an infinite number of gifts and lessons.”

- Native-Land.ca

As a result of the colonial capitalist paradigm that shapes our modern world, we have become an indoor species. This is in vast contrast to the way we evolved- living outside, where land was kin. This severance from the rhythms of the land, has proven negative impacts in study after study. We spend over 90% of our time inside now, and we are collectively deteriorating as a species.

Natureza Therapy resides on the stolen land of the Piscataway Conoy and Nacotchtank (Anacostan) Nation, also known as Silver Spring, Maryland. I honor these First People, their Nation, and give thanks to their homelands for being so abundant and unconditional for many of my clients who have turned back towards this land as a means of turning back towards themselves. Let’s explore your nature story together on this sacred land as you find your way home.

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I am so glad you are here

I'm Laura. A disarming disrupter of the status quo.

There is a rising tide of decolonial, intersectional, liberation focused therapists like me who are eager to fuck up the patriarchial dynamics of therapy with their clients. I am a multicultural ecotherapist, raised speaking two languages. It was only later in my life that I learned to speak with nature. Through our conversations, I learned who I was meant to be, and learned to love unconditionally.

I call on your most neglected self to return to the natural world, as a gesture of returning to yourself.

A healthy ecosystem is a diverse ecosystem, and you have always belonged.

The legacy of colonization has indoctrinated you to forget this sacred truth.

We have been waiting for you.

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