Coral Blankinship, MSW, LSWAIC, MHP
Pronouns: She/ Her/ Hers
I am a Social Worker/ Therapist with a humanistic, affirming and social justice lens to my work. I have a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Washington. I worked with family systems in child welfare, where I took an anti-oppressive, trauma-informed and social justice lens to working with families and building resiliency. Because I am passionate about equity and public health, I have worked for a public mental health agency as a Mental Health Therapist for children, adolescents and adults. Currently I work at a non-profit as a Mental Health Clinician providing therapy for adults with co-occurring disorders.
I meet you at, wherever you are, whether you cannot identify what your problem is, you feel at an all-time low or are feeling stuck and in a stalemate.
These are some of the root philosophies that inform my practice:
Harm reduction means that there is no intervention too small to take towards change. Whether you are ambivalent or ready to start transitions in your life now, I can help you. I provide a safe space that is open, non-judgmental and available for you to bring your authentic self forward.
My framework is intersectional, which means that I recognize our various identities and power imbalances in different groups that we belong to, whether it is where we live, our income level, race, age, disability, body size, or gender identity, each paints the picture of our opportunities in life whether it is access to housing, food, jobs and whether or not we are targeted by law enforcement. Our identities define our access to resources and our diverse world views.
Resiliency and protective mechanisms in our systems bring me hope. Resiliency is a process that can be built. According to Michael Ungar, “It’s about creating environments around us that bring out our best.”
My approach is strength-based, body-positive Health at Every Size (HAES), humanistic, person-centered, sex-positive and culturally relative.
We live in a non-binary relative world. Gender is not an identity that fits into a simple box of male or female, but more complex. People can be intersex, cisgender or other gender expansive identities. Body parts do not define gender.
There is not a one-size-fits all to any approach – whether it is body size, sexual orientations, gender identity, gender expression, therapeutic approach or culture. We have different levels of privilege that give us different inequitable access to resources and different perspectives about life. Health at Every Size (HAES) is weight neutral, body positive and dismantles the destructive diet culture.
There can be two opposing truths at one time. Or many truths. You have many possible futures. When you are in a space of chaos with all or no structure, it provides an opening for creativity. Dr. Robert Biler said, “Creativity and growth occurs at the edge of chaos in the border zone of the unknown and known, where small changes lead to big effects.”