I love the creative, collaborative, often playful nature of therapeutic work and holding safe space for processes of meaningful change.
Mental Health Counselor in New Paltz, NY
Supervised by Ashley Walko, LMHC
An understanding of cultural and systemic oppression is centered in my practice as an insideous and ongoing trauma that many of us experience in one way or another. I use the framework from Nieto's Beyond Inclusion, Beyond Empowerment to discuss this with clients and keep an eye on my own places of privilege and targetship and how they may intersect in our work together. I aim for my practice to be an Intersectional, Multi-Culturally Affirming, Trauma-Informed therapy space.
I spent a year as the Mental Health Counselor in a by us, for us integrative health clinic for LGBTQIA2S community. Along with my regular clients and LGBTQ expressive arts group for anxiety and depression, I held weekly surgery letter appointments conducting full BHA following the WPATH standards of care. I received specialized training from my interdisciplinary colleagues at the clinic, and integrated my own experience as a queer community member.
My practice is intentionally Trauma-Informed, particularly addressing complex and relational trauma involving uneven power dynamics and abuse of power, emotional and other abuses that can happen in relationship, and/or attachment wounds as a result of these and other traumas. I draw from Internal Family Systems, Interpersonal Neurobiology, and Expressive Arts Therapies in this relational, attachment-based work.