About My Clients
I do not believe in the idea of an "ideal client" as I feel it is important to take each person as they are and do the best work I can with them, regardless of demographics or other factors bringing them to treatment. That said, I have a passion for working with those who are members of the LGBTQ+ community and others who are disadvantaged in some way. If you have any questions about my background or experience, please feel free to reach out to me!
My Background and Approach
I received my first Master's degree in 2014 and have been working in the field as a mental health clinician ever since. Most of my experience was working in a large practice serving inner-city and other underserved communities. I recently transitioned into a small private practice after entering my fourth year of my doctoral study. I have a multitude of training experiences and opportunities, and have worked extremely hard to seek out all training opportunities I feel would be beneficial to me and could help me to provide the best service I possibly can to clients. In my doctoral study, I have focused on honing my craft and developing a way of approaching my clients that is focused on their personal growth and being able to achieve the kind of change they desire to. I tend to approach things from a humanistic standpoint, especially focusing on integrating aspects of solution-focused and feminist theories (both of which I would be happy to explain more if you would like).
My Personal Beliefs and Interests
I think it is important for my clients to understand who I am and make informed decisions about who they choose to work with. I am an avid advocate for matters of social justice and attempt to put multiculturally-informed practice at the fore of what I do in my work with clients. I believe that all people have value and deserve respect and strive to provide that in my work. I am a member of the LGBTQ+ community, a supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement, and have worked hard to advocate for change in my community, including significant volunteer activities with a local LGBT Community Center. I pushed for change at the organizational level in my previous employment and frequently express my concerns about social justice and the need to continue to progress toward a world where no person, regardless of any demographic information, need to feel fear for their lives or safety based on who they are.