Hello! I am a cisgender lesbian who has specialized in helping folks navigate challenges and transitions thru and at the end of life.
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Louisville, KY
Many of my clients identify as non-binary or transgender. Our work together involves the self-discovery of how they understand their gender identity and what the path is for them toward achieving a sense of wholeness within that understanding. Sometimes that work is more internal and around self-acceptance. Other times it is working in relationship with others to express most fully who they are. And other times it is providing support in the gender affirmation surgery process.
As a spiritual care provider in a medical setting, for over 25 years I have journeyed with individuals and their families facing life transitions, relational challenges, medical diagnosis, chronic illness, terminal illness, and grief. I have specialized in working with palliative care and oncology and continue to lead a support group with Gilda's Club Kentuckiana for women with recurrent or metastatic breast cancer.
Around half of my clients identify in the LGBTQ+ community. Couple dynamics, family issues, parenting challenges and the rest of "real life" can take on an even more challenging nuance when one is a part of a marginalized group. As a member of that community myself, I am sensitive to the needs of individuals navigating the unique and particular challenges that can come as a part of the LGBTQ+ community.
Based on the work of John Bowlby, Attachment Theory is one I especially utilize in helping clients explore, address and heal attachment woundings and exploring how those woundings impact relationship dynamics in the present.
About half of my client base involves working with couples. Drawing from the Gottman Method and Attachment Theory, I assist couples in finding healthier patterns for engaging in conflict and identifying and healing from attachment wounds so that they can move forward together from a place of couple alignment.
Ultimately therapy is about learning how to claim authorship of our own narrative. The work of Dan P. McAdams strongly informs my use of Narrative Therapy and the narrative lens through which I view the world.