About My Clients
Do you yearn for more love and connection in your life? Do you wish you could feel less guilt and shame? Cultural norms about what we should do, what we should have, and how we should be cause us harm. Our work is to do our best to free ourselves so that we can really love who we are. When we are impacted by family or societal expectations, we can, with courage, make changes that will increase our joy and improve our lives.
My Background and Approach
My therapeutic focus is relational. I attend to our relationship as well as what is going on within you. Together we identify your strengths and what is essential to who you are as a unique human being. Building upon your strengths and focusing on what makes you feel happy and alive are foundational in our work together. At the same time, we are careful to work through unresolved grief and loss that might be contributing to frustration and low energy. Anxiety, stress, and periodic depression are often a symptom of trying to adjust to and live in an unhealthy society. Together we can sort through what is yours to heal. We may affirm that anxious and depressed responses to chaotic and oppressive systems can actually be healthy! We will find ways to honor your mind, body, and spirit in these times that pose risks and challenges to all of us.
My Personal Beliefs and Interests
I believe in the dignity and value of each person. I am especially active in anti-racist work as I seek to play a role in dismantling the oppressive power systems that label us and keep us separated. In my passion for racial equity I’ve led dozens of workshops and trainings for mental health providers on unconscious bias, intergenerational trauma, and more. I also volunteer with Coming to the Table, a national racial reconciliation group. We have a chapter in Montgomery County that meets monthly. I also hold sex positive beliefs and counsel people in poly, kink, and sex work lifestyles. When not working and volunteering, I love to get outdoors, spend time with friends, and hang out with my adult children and grandchildren.