Luana Da Silva, LCSW
My name is Luana Da Silva, and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner passionate about supporting people in their trauma healing journey. I have specialized training and experience working with children, adolescents and adults impacted by trauma and bereavement. I am committed to working with clients of diverse backgrounds, and have experience serving the Latinx community, and LGBTQ youth of color.
I am trained in the Trauma Systems Therapy approach, and in Peter Levine’s Somatic Experiencing body based trauma healing model. This is what I am most excited about sharing with the clients who choose to work with me. I have seen some of the profound shifts that can happen in a person’s life when they become attuned to their internal state and can begin to connect with their own hardwired physiological abilities to restore a sense of felt “goodness” within themselves, even amidst challenging situations. And while it is impossible to go back and change the past and its painful experiences, or to change present circumstances that may be out of our control, it is possible to be able to connect with and increase internal resilience to exist in the now as a whole person: integrating past, present, and future.
My theoretical perspective is Relational-Cultural therapy within a context of social justice (oppression, privilege, equity and resilience), believing that at the center of healing is nurturing a professional relationship that acknowledges, validates and affirms the diverse experiences and identities of the folks I work with, allowing both them and me to be their authentic selves in session.
I am committed to serving my clients with respect and competency, and acknowledge that to do so means that I must be a lifelong learner by continuing to expand knowledge and perspective in the areas that most impact the people I work with.
I also believe that it is of equal importance to state that while trainings offer knowledge and skills I can incorporate into my therapeutic tool bag, I know that you, the client, are and will always be the expert on yourself: your life, your joys and your pains. I see my role as that of a companion, collaborator, and at times a guide, as you discover and explore your path to wellbeing.
I look forward to the opportunity to support you in your healing goals.
Sarah Gallup, LPC
My name is Sarah Gallup and my passion is to specialize in trauma healing. Trauma, big or small, is an unfortunate part of our human experience with the ability to make or break us. Asking for help can be difficult and scary, which is why I value each opportunity to jump into those hard places with you.
Part of bouncing back involves courageously having your experiences witnessed and validated by someone within a safe space. Together, we can turn past hurts into opportunities for growth and transformation.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy and David Grand’s Brainspotting- both treatment approaches to healing trauma. As a foundation, I utilize GCCS’ Relational Attachment Integration (RAI) Developmental Trauma model, which is based on Pia Mellody’s PIT and Somatic therapy and focuses on CoDependency and Relational Trauma. Through training with Heatherash Amara, I am a Warrior Heart Practice Facilitator, whose method helps in untangling the emotions and agreements held from past hurts.
I take an individualized, integrative approach to therapy and understand there is no cookie-cutter way to recovery. We may conceptualize, gain understanding, and make connections through the lens of person-centered, psychodynamic, existential, and family system focused theories. I also invite clients to add mindfulness, yoga, expressive arts, and group therapy as mediums through which to nurture their mind, body, and spirit connection. Befriending your body and reparenting your inner child will be important parts of our work together.
This work allows you to learn that pain is inevitable, but suffering is optional. Healing doesn’t mean your past didn’t happen, but that it no longer has to control you in the present. I sincerely want more than just coping for you and believe post-traumatic growth is possible. Things may get messy as you become more aware of your reality, but know that creativity, gratitude, and relief are also a part of the journey.
I will meet you where you are at and empower you to take the lead. Your life is your art and creative canvas. How would you like to craft, mold, and create it? Let’s get curious together.