Lola Osunkoya, MA, LPCC
I’m a Mixed Race (White American mother, Nigerian father) cis woman who uses she/her pronouns. Being Mixed has been the most important part 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 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. After receiving Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) training, I took a step further toward understanding complex trauma and dissociation by completing the Adaptive Internal Relational (AIR) Network Model training. This is a competency-based model that educates clients on the impact of trauma on the brain and body, while increasing a person’s capacity to understand and work cooperatively with all parts of themselves. It's really fulfilling to assist clients in learning to respond to the outside world from their most present and resourced selves!
I have a calm presence and am a gifted listener. My office is filled with plants and art and things to play with, because I know that not all people receive and process information the same way. It's important to me to create an atmosphere where people feel relaxed, comfortable, and heard.
I see primarily People of Color and make space to explore the impact of oppressive systems on identity. I have a special interest in Mixed Race, Transracial Adoptees, and Queer & Trans Indigenous & People of Color (QTIPOC). 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 LGBTQ+ identity, I do my best to hold safe space for this community, especially QTIPOC. My focus is to center the individuals ages 18+, so I generally refer to other therapists for children, couples, or families.