I don't often share personal details (I have my own therapy sessions for that!), but I also understand how intimidating it can be to find a new therapist who will be safe! I have found that several of my personal experiences and beliefs help my clients feel more at ease working with me. Some of these things include being LGBTQ myself, coming out as an adult, experience with chronic pain & illness, being raised in very conservative & religious circles, and leaving an unsafe marriage. Like most therapists, I seek to be the safe place I wish I would have found at different points in my life. The issues I work with most commonly tend to be those things with which I have deep, personal connections.
My personal worldview also informs who I am as a clinician. Some of my biases include a belief that we're all trying our best to be safe, we're capable of change & growth, and that it's never too late to try to find healing.