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Xihlovo Mabunda, MS, NCC (she, her, hers) is a pre-licensed Professional Counselor whose practice is informed by her identity as a black, cisgender woman. Xihlovo views the therapeutic relationship as a space to begin healing and seeks to foster a collaborative, affirming, and gently challenging environment. Xihlovo’s goal is to encourage self-exploration in one’s identities while recognizing how systems of oppression affect our personhood in conscious and unconscious ways. She believes that healing is a radical act of social justice and maintains a commitment to working with clients who want to push back and explore internal and external trauma experiences. People often operate within and can sometimes be constrained by their social locations. Xihlovo acknowledges this and works with clients wherever they might currently be, helping them to create safe spaces to feel free to live. Xihlovo is currently engaged in EMDR Basic Training, which she intends on completing in December 2021, to incorporate in her work with clients starting January of 2022!

I navigate spaces with openness, humor, and empathy, seeking always to understand others with grace and an appreciation of their autonomy. I believe in having a holistic, strengths-based, and relational approach to treatment and work from a trauma-informed perspective and harm reduction model. My mission in the therapeutic room is to support your healing journey while offering parts of self to further strengthen the relationship. I approach working with you from a place of appreciation and respect for your courage and interest in your personal growth. 

“Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy – the experiences that make us the most vulnerable.” – Brene Brown 

Xihlovo’s typical fee is $150 for individual therapy (50 min); she is able to work on a sliding scale if needed. Although she only works on a self-pay basis, she is able to provide documentation for clients to submit for out-of-network reimbursement from their insurance provider.

Xihlovo@PhoenixTraumaCenter.com