CAITLIN TRUITT, MSW, LSWAIC, MHCA
I come to this work with the belief that connection is the antidote to trauma. Trauma causes fragmentation on an individual, community, and intergenerational level. It takes a sense of safety, trust, and belonging with others to re-member the separate pieces of ourselves. As the psychiatrist J. L. Moreno wrote, "We are wounded in relationship, and we must heal in relationship."
The profound beauty we can find when we return to ourselves through safe and supportive connection is exactly what drew me to the therapy profession. I love what I do, and I carry a deep sense of gratitude for each person who has shared a piece of their story with me.
In a therapy setting, my work has focused on clients who have experienced various forms of trauma, including sexual and/or physical assault, childhood abuse, grief/loss, systemic oppression, spiritual trauma, and chronic illness.
I have a background in HIV services and LGBTQ+ community-based work, and my practice is informed by gender theory, feminism, and critical race theory.
"And all the colors I am inside haven't been invented yet."
- Shel Silverstein
Because of the ways systems of oppression proliferate trauma, trauma therapy and anti-oppressive practice must be one and the same.
My practice welcomes individuals of all sexual orientations, gender identities and representations, body sizes, cultural backgrounds, races, ethnicities, religions, spiritualities, and documentation statuses. I am affirming of all consensual nontraditional relationship structures and sexual practices.
Tulane University, Bachelor of Science and Public Health; Graduated 2013.
Portland State University, Master of Social Work; Graduated 2022.
Licensed Social Worker Associate - Clinical Independent; Washington State Department of Health
Mental Health Counselor Associate - Clinical Independent; Washington State Department of Health
Certified Oregon Sexual Assault Advocate; 2021
Somatic- and Attachment-Focused EMDR Training, Personal Transformation Institute; 2022
Terry Real Relational Life Therapy for Couples Therapy, Level 1 Training, 2022
The Gottman Method, Level 1 Training, 2022
Member of the International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA)
Member of Washington State Society for Clinical Social Work (WSSCSW)
LSWAIC License No: SWIA.SC.61327601
MHCA License No: MHCA.MC.61386616
I currently receive regular clinical supervision from a Washington-State-approved licensed mental health professional.
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