a little about Tatyana Foltz, LCSW
Early on, I knew I wanted to work with those who are regaining their lives after something most would prefer to not even think about. However it is all too common this to become a part of our narratives. These were narratives I grew up with due to being born into a Russian-American family. I heard about war, famine, forced and voluntary migration, family (of choice and blood), love and hope. I noticed, as you may have in your own live, the people who were more open about their experiences had more fulfilling relationships and less addiction. Seeing these differences allowed me to see the power of human connection, communication and the power of the unspoken secrets.
For years I have been a clinical service provider collaborating with individuals who have survived trauma. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, gaining my Masters of Social Work at Howard University. When starting I worked with refugees supporting them in transition to the DC metro area. Then worked in clinical settings specific for those who experienced interpersonal violence including not limited to sexual assault and/or dating violence. In many of these settings, I noticed that there were fewer services centering LGBTQ+ and Black folks. This was in DC! I ensured that I would affirm, continue to build the skills and knowledge to best collaborate with these communities. This was critical when collaborating with those who survived human trafficking.
I have settled in the Bay Area with my partner, sharing a home with dogs and cats. I fell in love quickly with the Bay Area and continued to collaborate with those who have been impacted by trauma and oppression.
Additional identities I hold are: currently housed, Russian-American white queer femme who is fat ranging from small to large fat, a survivor of trauma, and chronically ill. Raised in New Jersey in a multi-faith, working class family with union members. English was spoken at my home; Russian, English and German spoken at my grandparents' home. Educated in public schools for primary education then state university and the private graduate program I went to was Howard University. I manage a learning disability, also mental and physical chronic illnesses.
If you feel like this may match some of your experiences I would be happy to talk to you.
Contact me to set up a FREE 20 minute consultation to see if and how I can support you; or feel free to learn more below in "About Therapy with Tatyana."