The phrase 'bread and roses' comes from a 1912 textile strike in which Rose Schneiderman yelled that "the worker must have bread, but she must have roses, too."
This phrase has been used for over a century by feminists and activists, meaning that we want our sustenance but we also want beauty, and we want both without compromise.
Therapy is the fight for autonomy over our decisions and connection in the aftermath. The universal social work tradition is to build practice based on reciprocity, continuity of care, consent, and affirmation. Therapists build supportive networks through community-based knowledge, connection and love. We labor for access to self determination over our own identities and communities at large. We take a holistic view of the self through a social context, and work to create open and dynamic spaces and roles for ourselves and each other. This must include confronting stigma, isolation and disconnection. This is the struggle of mental health.
"Yes, it is bread we fight for, but we fight for roses too."
I am ecstatic to provide mental health support through authentic, affirming, and aware relationships that embody connection, safety, and warmth. I strive to build genuine connections with my clients by understanding their personal motivators for acceptance and change, and building trust by reinforcing their goals rather than my own agenda.
I obtained my Bachelor's Degree from University of Missouri- St. Louis in Interdisciplinary Studies with a Certificate in Women's and Gender Studies and a Minor in Political Science. I then attended Maternidad La Luz Midwifery School to receive a Certificate in Midwifery. I received my Master's in Social Work through the University of Denver. I additionally completed a Post-Master's Certificate in Sex Therapy from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
I am currently under the supervision of Leah Cohen, LCSW.