About My Clients
I work primarily with queer people and transfolks--many of whom come from immigrant families and navigate complex identities and experiences as a result. Most of the people I work with are coping with symptoms that have emerged in relationship to trauma. I love working with couples, groups, and families, particularly those with nontraditional configurations, as well as with individuals.
My Background and Approach
I work collaboratively with clients, cultivating existing strengths and internal resources in order to foster relationships and life experiences that contribute to clients' recovery and wellbeing. When invited, and with respect, I’m honored to explore what makes clients who they are, and to support who they want to become. I know that through therapy, we can author and re-author thoughts, beliefs, behaviors, and personal mythologies in order to bring more self-supporting realities into existence. My approach is influenced by depth psychology, feminist, relational, collectivist, transformative justice, and somatic perspectives and practices. I additionally offer clients my hard skills in anti-oppression work, advocacy, attachment theory, harm reduction, ACT, CBT, DBT, trauma-informed, and somatic therapies. My style is directive, equitable, and simultaneously affable and boundaried. I walk my talk and have an unavoidable ancestral relationship to dark humor via Eastern Europe.
My Personal Beliefs and Interests
Therapy is political, and mental health hinges on the broader sociopolitical context of people's lives. I have more than two decades of experience as a community organizer and significant exposure to materialist, postmodern, decolonial, feminist, and queer critical theory and philosophy. I know that system change is the best intervention for mental health, at the same time as it is critically important to engage in the dialectic of acceptance and change on an individual level in order to function in the here-and-now. I'm committed to transformative-justice-informed accountability practices in order to work in solidarity with people of color and others facing pervasive institutional and interpersonal marginalization.