Safiya McHale, LMSW

A little about me:

In my free time, you’ll find me dancing, hydrating, and unplugging from social media for a re-set. I’m a UMD School of Social Work grad who’s passionate about the QTPOC community I’m part of.  My pronouns are she/her and they/them.

Eating Disorders and Body Image:

One area of my professional focus is on healing from eating disorders and negative body image. My work with adults in addressing these things involves learning to let go of shame. We examine all the ways that racism, transphobia, fatphobia, and ableism have affected our body image and behaviors. If you want to break free from the dieting cycle and learn intuitive eating, I can help with that. I want to assist those I hold space for in releasing oppressive views and claiming real freedom.  My approach is gender affirming and informed, but not limited, by a Health at Every Size framework.

Trauma:

As a Black, queer, second-generation Trinidadian-American, my lived experiences have highlighted the ways in which systemic oppression can create trauma, including ancestral or intergenerational trauma. My trauma recovery work  comes from a culturally affirming perspective. It can be scary to start to process trauma, but I’ll be by your side on your healing path.

Somatic Therapy:

Our bodies can communicate things to us and also be crucial to healing emotional wounds.  This therapy can assist a person with becoming more attuned to body sensations and places where the body may be holding emotions or trauma. We can learn to release tension and and process changes in our bodies through breathwork, movement, and other techniques. Somatic therapy can be useful with anxiety, depression, low self esteem, eating disorders, and more.

Payment Information:

First Individual Session= $150, Following Sessions=$140

First Family Session= $160, Following Sessions= $150

We collect the full payment and then can file a claim with your insurance if you like. They can send you a reimbursement check for any out of network benefits. Once our biller sends a claim, it is out of our control regarding when, whether, or how much your insurance reimburses you and you will need to follow up with them regarding your claims and reimbursement.

I have a few reduced fee spots. Please inquire if one is available when you call or email our office.

I’m currently in process of obtaining my clinical licensure and am supervised by and Victoria Stubbs, LCSW-C.