a therapist, somatics practitioner & Community organizer committed to living in the possibilities for individual and collective healing.
traci ishigo (pronouns: they/them, she/her) is a therapist, trauma-informed yoga and meditation teacher, and creative organizer. As a Buddhist, queer, politicized Japanese American, survivor and Associate Clinical Social Worker (ASW), traci is committed to deepening the sense of interconnectedness in healing and living with dignity.
With burnout and various symptoms of primary & secondary trauma being a common experience in movement organizing, as well as living in a chronically stressful society, traci turned to somatic practices and Buddhist teachings to ground her. Deepening a personal connection with healing justice - informed organizing, trauma-informed yoga, Zen meditation training, and psychotherapeutic interventions have been important in traci’s commitment to approaching healing as integral to social justice.
In 2015, traci co-founded Vigilant Love, which creates spaces for connection and grassroots movement to ensure the safety and justice of communities impacted by Islamophobia and violence in the greater Los Angeles Area. As a co-chair, traci leads efforts on intergenerational solidarity building and creative, healing-centered political programming.
Dedicated to sharing a holistic mental health approach, traci is honored to connect with clients in private practice. traci comes from clinical experience of having the opportunity to work with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, cisgender women, transgender women and gender non-conforming people experiencing homelessness, formerly incarcerated community members, and people longing to shift their relationship to substances and various kinds of addiction.
traci has shared trauma-informed yoga and meditation throughout various communities in Los Angeles, including People’s Yoga in East LA, Green Tree Yoga & Meditation and the AF3IRM School of Youth Activism in South Central, the Anti-Recidivism Coalition in the downtown metro area, the Downtown Women’s Center in the Skid Row community, the Center for Pacific Asian Families, and the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles.
traci earned a Master in Social Work (MSW) from the University of Southern California, where they specialized in studying adults, mental health, trauma and wellness.
Registered Associate Clinical Social Worker, #83877
Supervised by Lance Tango, LMFT #80517