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 trauma healing. I have specialized training and experience working with adolescents and adults of diverse backgrounds impacted by trauma and grief. Whether your trauma happened years ago or yesterday, we can work together today to help you restore your sense of safety, calm, and empowerment.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with training in Francine Shapiro’s Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, David Grand’s Brainspotting, and Peter Levine’s Somatic Experiencing- all treatment approaches to healing trauma. As a foundation, I also utilize GCCS’ Relational Attachment Integration (RAI) Developmental Trauma model, which is based on Pia Mellody’s PIT model for 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 are many paths 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.
My role as your therapist will be to help you build a capacity to be with and befriend your inner world and body, as well as reparent yourself and your wounded parts in a nurturing and loving way. The beautiful thing is, you already have all the tools within you, and together we can help you come back home to your authentic self.
I will meet you where you are at and encourage 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.
Niki Brogger, LMSW
My name is Niki Brogger, and I am a Licensed Master Social Worker passionate about supporting people in their trauma healing and recovery. I have specialized training and experience working with adults impacted by trauma and loss.
My experience ranges from working with survivors of sex trafficking to church ministry working with adult women as they sought healing from their own traumatic experiences. I utilize TBRI principles to assist in understanding attachment and establish a safe environment for growth. My hope is for clients to feel safe enough to share openly, be brave enough to form new memories, and feel confident enough to experience independent life full of freedom, joy, and peace. Through the use of trauma informed practices, I approach the history of trauma in a patient and nonjudgmental way. Your current reality does not dictate your future. You get to decide what that looks like, not your trauma.
My role as an encourager in your journey to healing will look more like a facilitator and you the participant as you interact with your predetermined goals. I am passionate about increasing my own knowledge and will be utilizing somatic practices in order to best facilitate healing from trauma. I look forward to supporting you and cheering you on in your healing goals.
Tahira Raza, B.S
My name is Tahira Raza, and I am a first year MSW student at the University of Houston, where I also obtained my Bachelor’s in Psychology. Although I do have a background in research, my true interest lies in counseling as well as leaving the world better than I found it, even in my limited capacity. As individuals navigating entrenched systems we can only do so much, but I decided to pursue social work because it is a profession that is dedicated to holistic care and liberation for all.
I am especially interested in providing trauma-informed care to immigrant and refugee populations, and aim to become a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) after graduation. Currently I intern at the Alliance, a refugee resettlement agency committed to helping newly arrived persons become self-sufficient and successful. I believe there is great value in emphasizing a spiritual lens and community care in an age where we have become increasingly individualistic, listless, and transactional. We have more power than we think, and it only increases when we collectively work towards a better, safer, more just and generous world.
In my free time, I enjoy delving into different worlds: those found in books, tv shows, poetry, music, and in nature. Although we exist in the natural world, our lives are mostly spent inside cars and buildings, making the day-to-day feel mundane and insulated. I think there is a sort of magic in being able to make sense of this life through the words of others and through the whispers of the leaves and wind. As part of the GCCS Trauma Healing Team, I am grateful that I get to help clients begin making sense of their life and past, and being a part of that process.