I am a mixed race, cisgender, queer woman of color; my ancestors are from Zacatecas, Mexico, Hoshiarpur, India, Germany, and England. I was born in the central coast of California where diversity was commonplace, and split my time between there and in small, rural white towns in southern Oregon as one of very few families of color and even fewer mixed-race families. I moved around a lot both as a child and an adult and have lived in southern and central California, as well as in Albuquerque, New Mexico and Portland, Oregon.
Additionally, there was not a lot of language or visibility to talk about gender or sexuality in culturally-specific ways; many times, I had to split my time between different affirming groups (i.e. being with other people of color to talk about race; being with other queer/LGBTQ circles to talk about gender and sexuality, etc.) in order to get my needs met. In many ways, I have always battled feeling culturally and geographically insecure and unsettled, which taught me about living in between, embracing the gray, and normalizing discomfort when it came to my identities.
With healing came the challenging practice of belonging -- to my cultures, to my communities, to this body, to nature -- as my whole self. While not perfect, I have been able to find and grow peace in a way I've never experienced before, and it's a practice I wholeheartedly share and grow with my clients.
For many individuals and communities that have experienced trauma, we have experienced a secondary trauma by not having a secure attachment figure or sense of safety. Part of my practice is providing an accompanied space where you can feel safe(r) to process trauma and begin the lifelong journey towards healing. In fact, that is where the name of my practice, Resonance, comes from: the felt sense of being accompanied by another.
I am a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) serving both Portland, Oregon and Albuquerque, New Mexico. I am a relational therapist and my background and training include intimate partner violence, sexual trauma, narcissistic abuse, adults who experienced abuse as children, Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD) and Post Traumatic Growth, and racial trauma. I specialize in working with multiracial and monoracial people of color who experience cultural insecurity. My approach also focuses on the intersection of race with other identities, such as gender, sexuality, socioeconomic status, and (dis)location.
My practice incorporates elements of Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB), Anti-Oppressive/Liberation Practice, Emotion Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT) and Attachment Theory. One primary belief I operate from is that safety is the intervention (Bonnie Badenoch). I am also a Level 1 Certified Ecotherapist through the Earthbody Institute's BIPOC Ecotherapy Training and am undergoing training in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) in winter 2022.
Seeking out mental health treatment is a supreme active valor. It takes a great deal of courage to acknowledge when anxiety and PTSD are causing your life to be unmanageable. We all need someone to bear witness to what it means to be human. Thank you for considering me as someone to walk down the path of healing with you.
Hello there, I'm Becca. I graduated from the University of Southern California with my Masters in Social Work with a concentration in Mental Health in 2014. I am a Pre-licensed clinician known as a Clinical Social Work Associate. I am currently contracted with Resonance LLC, owned by Amanda Singh Bans M.A. LCSW. I am working with my Clinical Supervisor: Rhonda Andrews MSW, LCSW, RPT, as I pursue my license (Licensed Clinical Social Worker/LCSW).
I am a major believer in self-determination. When you come to see me there is only one expert in the room when it comes to you, and that is you. My job is to collaborate with you to make sure our work together fits your needs. I feel it's important for you to participate in treatment as a partner. I tend to buck at the paternal notion of "Therapist". I've had clients comment that I make it easy to talk about hard stuff because I am warm, open, and empathetic without being pushy. I also deeply believe that it is incredibly important that my humanity always accompanies me into any session because to bear witness to your pain and suffering demands the greatest and deepest respect I can offer you; which is to meet you with honesty and compassion. I also work hard to understand each client for their individuality, which is why I have studied so many therapeutic interventions and theories as I deeply believe that if I walk into a session and conclude that I will be providing a certain type of therapy before we even talk, I've already missed the mark on providing individualized and culturally responsive treatment. My goal is to spark curiosity within you about your own humanity and to celebrate every aspect of what makes you, you. We each have amazing strengths and I feel it is beyond imperative that we work together to highlight those strengths. At the end of the day, you are the one that has to live your life when you leave my office and I want to make sure our therapeutic partnership propels you forward and gives you the tools and emotional resiliency to mend your own heart.