I truly enjoy engaging with people and have a naturally warm, open style. I believe my authenticity and compassion are key to forming trusting relationships with my clients. To me, therapy is about having a conversation with you. I listen to the stories you share about your life and look for the meaning you have given to those stories. I ask questions that explore the relationship you have with yourself, those around you, and how the experiences you share about yourself shape those relationships. I ask questions that seek out alternative perspectives that highlight your ability to handle whatever difficulty you may be facing. Together we can work towards creative resolutions to complex issues.
For over ten years I've focused my work on individuals, couples, and families dealing with trauma as a result of abuse and neglect. My experience as a trauma counselor also fuels my passion to help women of color explore issues of racism, sexism, and intergenerational trauma. As a biracial, female therapist I feel uniquely qualified and effective, being able to look through a similar lens of racial identity questions along with my clients. In 2013, I established Takoma Therapy’s ‘Women of Color’ Group for this purpose, and remain committed to this program.
I hold a Bachelor of Science degree from Kings College, London University, and a Master's in Social Work from Smith College. I am a member of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation. For the past 5 years, I have been a presenter at the ISSTD Conference, speaking on the topic of surviving childhood trauma.
My first book, “Understanding the Paradox of Surviving Childhood Trauma: Techniques and Tools for Working with Suicidality and Dissociation", is available from Amazon, or through Routledge Publishing. Written for trauma therapists, it provides a fresh lens through which to view the coping mechanisms of survivors of childhood abuse and neglect.
For speaking engagements, clinical presentations, and business-related inquiries, please contact Simone Jacobs at firstname.lastname@example.org.