Muriel (she, her, hers) is a cis-gendered queer woman of African and American lineage. She works with students, faculty, and staff who have been impacted by gender-based violence including sexual harassment, gender-based discrimination, stalking, sexual violence, and domestic violence. Muriel provides advocacy services and short-term counseling to both primary and secondary survivors. She also provides education about and accompaniment to law enforcement, court proceedings, and/or on-campus gender-based violence (GBV) conduct hearings with primary and secondary victims.
Muriel has a M.A. in Counseling with a concentration in Somatic Psychotherapy. She is licensed as an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist in California and certified as a Qualified Mental Health Practitioner Trainee in Virginia. Muriel utilizes a liberatory and systemic approach to provide accessible, relevant and intersectional support that foster healing, an integrated sense of self, and overall wellness to people across age, gender, ability, race, socioeconomic status, sexual identity and religion. Muriel has experience in providing therapy and counseling to clients experiencing addiction, trauma, GBV, identity development issues, ADHD, emotional dysfunction, boundary dysfunction, burnout, anxiety, depression, grief, mood disorders, and neurodiversity in children, teens, individual adults, families and couples.
Muriel is a Virginia Tech alumna and a SWVA native with a specialty in trauma-informed somatic psychotherapy. She also has experience in other experiential and expressive types of trauma-informed support services including expressive arts and play therapy.