Lindsay Craven, MSW, LSWAIC
Holistic Mental Wellness Counselor
A little about me...
Here are some things that are most deeply important in my work:
* I do not shy away from how colonialism, systemic racism and oppression, capitalism and other oppressive systems impact us in collective and individual ways.
* Centering and helping you name your awareness and expertise, allowing for concrete strategizing around problems and situations that arise for you.
* Helping you navigate the intersections of self-care and self-preservation in their most basic forms as well as by welcoming radical joy, rest and abundance.
* Honoring the resilience that is gained in our acts of survival while unpacking the traumas, harms and injustices that make survival necessary. Support around embodying challenging emotions that we may have disassociated from along the way.
* Supporting the nuances of Indigenous and mixed racial and ethnic identity, and the trauma of broken lineages and disconnect.
* Excavating and addressing acute, interpersonal, intergenerational, complex and historical traumas.
* Examining individual, intergenerational and historical patterns and interrogating our cultures sensitively with both respect and an openness to fluidity.
* Reclaiming understanding and relationship with mental health diagnoses, combining clinical and cultural knowledge and an understanding around how these labels can be applied problematically even when they’re necessary.
* Embracing community and cultural care as an aspect of healing.
My goal is to partner with you in healing, with the knowledge that you are the expert of your own life and carry deep wells of knowledge, power, and resilience. I’m here to support you in accessing these, as well as affirming and reclaiming ancestral and traditional knowledge.
Approach to Therapy
I want to share about one of my role models in my work. The bitterroot plant, mo'ȯhtáeheséeo'ȯtse in Cheyenne language, is a delicate and strong flower that grows in sandy and rocky areas, requiring almost no water yet blooming brilliantly again and again every year from their intricate rooted system, even when these roots are seemingly dead. It is a medicine plant that has been used by Indigenous people for generations, including some of my ancestors. This plant relative is a sacred mentor to me, representing our unique and specific belonging, accountability and relationship to the land, animals, plants, ourselves and each other, and, the ability to to carry so much strength, power and healing in conditions that may seem impossible. Bitterroot tells us that we do belong and are worthy of healing in unique, profound and important ways, just as the bitterroot belongs and thrives in ways only it can. Nia-ish, nia:wen (thank you) for the opportunity to help you access your own strong, rooted medicine.
“Find freedom in the context you inherit”--Lee Maracle