Bria Patterson

BA

(she/her)

I’m an advanced clinical intern at Wildflower. I believe the essence of human nature is complex, layered, and connected. I believe in holistically approaching therapeutic work to recognize, validate, and give respect to every aspect of a client’s identity. Systematic oppression causes a heavy and often unbearable weight to members of marginalized communities. I affirm that it is my responsibility as a therapist to work to repair the trauma inflicted by these wounds by creating a space where my clients feel uplifted, supported, and heard.

My therapeutic style pulls from Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Narrative Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Motivational Interviewing. I enjoy working with young adults, adults, and elders to navigate the various challenges and transitions in their lives. I hope to create a safe space for people of all backgrounds and identities. I am passionate about working with neurodivergent, LGBTQIA+, and BIPOC populations and clients who actively identify with or are exploring non-monogamous relationships. I stand firmly in my beliefs of fat liberation, Black liberation, anti-racism, and sex worker decriminalization. I’m also interested in working with clients on issues surrounding mood/anxiety, trauma, sexuality, and reproductive mental health.

I received my bachelor’s degree in psychology and am currently pursuing my master’s in counseling psychology from The Chicago School. My elective path has primarily been focused on substance use disorders and human sexuality. I have clinical experience working with serious mental illness in adult long-term residential centers.

Supervised by: Eden Himidian, MA, LCSW, PMH-C, RYT


Selected Training & Affiliation

  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Feminist/Queer Theory
  • Mental Health First Aid Certification
  • American Counseling Association (Student Member)
  • Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (Student Member)
  • Member of Postpartum Support International

Key Beliefs

  • Social justice and anti-oppression work are integral to mental health care.
  • Every individual has the capacity for growth and healing.
  • Progress is not linear; every step forward and backward is part of the journey.

More About Me

  • I’m a first-time cat mom but a long-time animal lover. I’ve had several dogs, geckos, and birds in the past.
  • My favorite of the five senses is smell. I can always be found burning candles, lighting incense, or adding to my perfume collection.
  • Some hobbies that “fill my cup” include painting, video gaming, and watching anime.