Lola Osunkoya, MA, LPCC
I’m a mixed race (white American mother, Nigerian father) cis woman who uses she/her pronouns. I identify as mixed and Black. Being mixed has been one of the most important parts of my identity and I've done a lot of personal identity development work as a way to better understand myself and others. It has definitely helped me to better understand complex and fluid identities. I have a calm presence and am a gifted listener.
I have always taken a person-centered approach, trying to understand each of my clients within their family, community, and cultural contexts. I have developed a trauma specialty during my years as a professional, completing Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) training, which uses eye movements to process stored trauma memories; Adaptive Internal Relational (AIR) Network Model training for complex trauma and dissociation, which combines parts work and education on trauma and the brain to help people develop self-compassion and internal cooperation; and most recently training in Brainspotting, a simple protocol that can be done online or in person, and follows the notion that “Where you look affects how you feel.” It offers an opportunity to process trauma and solve problems in an efficient and self-empowering way.
I see primarily BIPOC and make space to explore the impact of oppressive systems on identity. I have a special interest in mixed/multiracial people, transracial and transnational adoptees, Queer & Trans BIPOC, and people navigating enm/poly relationships. I specialize in treating trauma and identity concerns, seeing each person within their family, community, and cultural contexts. It's my goal to help clients learn to respond to life's challenges from their most present, resourced selves. Though I do not hold an LGBTQIA+ identity, I do my best to hold safe space for this community, especially QTBIPOC. My focus is to center the individuals ages 18+, so I generally refer to other therapists for children, couples, or families.