My approach creates safety and security in our therapeutic relationship. Based on this foundation, I balance deep work with practical tools you can use to manage distress. I utilize an empowering, attachment-based, culturally-relevant and relational approach to engage you, as a whole person (body, mind and soul). My practice supports brain function, mindfulness and regulation to decrease stress and pain.
“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” - Lao Tzu
"You are not judged by the height you have risen, but from the depth you have climbed." - Frederick Douglas
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND THE SHACKLES OF THE SINGLE STORY
Jennifer Chen Speckman, LCSW
Westside Domestic Violence Network
In her TedTalk titled, “The Danger of the Single Story,” Chimamanda Adichie discusses how she grew up reading British children’s stories where “they ate apples, played in the snow and talked about the weather and how lovely it is that the sun came out.” She discusses her experience as a young girl growing up in Nigeria, aware that stories included people that were not like her. When she came to the United States as an young adult, she discovered the single story that the Americans would have about her, one of beautiful landscapes, wild animals and incredibly senseless wars and violence; a land and a people waiting to be saved and pitied. When speaking about meeting her college roommate, Adichie states, “She felt sorry for me before she even met me.”
"Debunking Relationship Myths: An Interview With John Gottman and Julie Schwartz Gottman"
John Gottman and Julie Schwartz Gottman, founders of the Gottman Institute, are dedicated to searching, discovering, and ultimately distilling the qualities and attributes of long, loving, and lasting relationships. Their groundbreaking work remains highly influential in the fields of contemporary psychology and couples therapy.
Omega: You have engaged in long-term research to help shed light on why some marriages succeed and others don't. Aren't relationships between individuals wholly unique and subject to environmental, chemical, and dynamic influences?
John: That's an empirical question. Is there a similarity between relationships that aren't working well? And relationships that are functioning well, are they similar to one another? And are the two groups different from one another? The answer to all three questions is "yes."