My fellow liberal, queer, highly sensitive, alternatives: I help underdogs heal and grow confident, boundary-ed, and self-compassionate.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Amherst, NH
I have been specifically researching and practicing with HSPs since 2016; attending trainings and conferences, reading books and research articles, as well as seeking formal and informal consultation with other therapists who work with HSPs. As an HSP myself, I find my first-hand knowledge is also valuable in connecting with and best serving other highly sensitives.
I started learning about LGBTQIA+ specific issues about 20 years ago. Since then I have completed undergraduate and graduate coursework in this area, clinical training, group peer-consultation. Additionally, I have read countless works on this area from textbooks to peer-reviewed articles to personal writings from members of the LGBTQIA+ communities.
Trauma and PTSD has been an area of intrigue for me since 2009 when I was working as a special educator and realized almost all of my students had experienced trauma. I have completed graduate coursework, clinical training, group peer-consultation, and specialized supervision in this area. In 2015 I was fortunate to attend Intensive Dialectical Behavioral Therapy training at Behavioral Tech in NYC and implement a DBT program at the community mental health clinic I was working with at the time.
I believe that every person seeking therapy has unique needs, preferences, and abilities. I see each client as an individual and will work with them to discover what will best address their goals. I have been utilizing the Eclectic approach the entirety of my career and have found many ways to best tailor sessions and treatment to meet individual needs. I use methods that are scientifically proven to work, that go deeper than purely talk therapy, in which I have been specifically trained.
At the core of my work I am a Trauma-Informed clinician. All of my assessment, methodology, interactions, and treatment is informed by my knowledge of trauma: what it does to the brain, how it can cause different reactions in different people and when occurring at different ages in development. Much of my clinical training has been in Trauma-Informed methods including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Animal Assisted Therapy, and Creative Expression Interventions.
In 2017 I completed a post-graduate training program in Animals and Human Health through the University of Denver School of Social Work. I incorporate Animal Assisted Interventions into my clinical work whenever it is indicated for best treatment. Most recently I have been including my Canine Animal Partner, Eben in sessions focused on anxiety or PTSD and my Feline Animal Partner, Jet in sessions focused on mindfulness and interactional work. Animals only join clients who are interested.