Lindsay Anne Craven, MSW, LSWAIC
I am a mixed Indigenous woman living on unceded Duwamish lands. I’m passionate about providing trauma-informed healing services that acknowledge and incorporate a personal and professional awareness of how historical trauma and systemic oppression impact mental health. I have an interest in supporting the nuances of Indigenous and mixed-race identity, and the trauma of broken lineages and disconnection.
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.
I aim to provide you with a space of safety where you can engage in healing and build coping skills around stress, anxiety, and trauma, and the many unique ways it impacts us as individuals and as members of communities. My ultimate hope is that you feel whole, and wholly cared for, during our time together–and that you feel empowered to wholly engage in self-love and care. For so many of us, healing feels inaccessible, unrepresentative of our identities and lived experiences, and takes place in spaces where services feel disjointed and are embedded within oppressive systems. You are worthy of healing, on your own terms, with the help of healers who share and have context for your identity and worldview. As a wounded healer, one who carries intimate personal experience and knowledge of historical and intergenerational trauma, I will hold empathic spaces of liberation through healing with you and support you in processing these traumas, the stresses you experience, and the intersections you carry. I can help you access the strength, knowledge, and power that you undoubtedly hold. I approach all of my work with deep respect for who you are, the power I know you carry, and am humbly accountable to you in our relationship.
Some Western modalities that interest me are feminist therapy, narrative therapy, relational therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, motivational interviewing, CBT, and psychodynamic therapy. But most importantly, I am always working to decolonize my own mind and spirit, detaching from these modalities to reflect critically on both their harms and benefits. I am constantly incorporating new teachings from Indigenous, Black, and POC healers, scholars, and practitioners that better reflect our positionality as individuals and as community members. We have long traditions of mindful and healing practices that support our mind, body, and spirit.
The bitterroot plant, mo’ȯhtáeheséeo’ȯtse in Cheyenne language, is a medicine plant that has been used by Indigenous people for generations, including some of my ancestors. It is a beautiful, 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 provides healing medicine for many physical pains. This plant relative is a sacred mentor to me, representing our unique and specific belonging, accountability, and relationship to the land, animals, plants and each other. It has the ability 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. I am so grateful for the potential opportunity to help you access your own strong, rooted medicine.