About My Clients
I love working with kids, teens, and young adults who can be open minded, who want to be challenged, and who bring their sense of humor. If you feel "stuck" or out of control because of things that have happened to you, let's talk. If it feels like no one relates to what you're going through, I already relate to that! Successful therapy requires being stubborn about your goals, but flexibility with your methods-and effort of course, but you knew that.
My Background and Approach
I use a collaborative approach with clients and support systems to challenge thoughts and behaviors that aren't helpful anymore. I am trained in multiple trauma-informed modalities including Trauma Systems Therapy, Neurosequential Model, TF-CBT, and DBT. I pull from a wide range of knowledge and experience to find what works for each client. In sessions I am a human before I am a therapist; I don't shy away from sharing that aspect of myself because we need feel seen and understood to make progress! I offer skills, interventions, observations, and insight to look at larger patterns in your life. This helps you know where opportunities for change are. I also provide psychoeducation to teach you what is actually happening in your brain, nervous system, and our sessions; knowledge is power and you deserve to understand what the heck is going on! Bring whoever you need to your sessions-we don't live in boxes and our support systems are vital to successful treatment.
My Personal Beliefs and Interests
I believe that social work is political and that power, privilege, and oppression are key parts to every system we encounter. After Mike Brown was murdered in my home town, I intentionally went to schools that taught from a social justice lens. I was able to learn how to use my degree and my privilege to change these systems to be more equitable. As a clinician, I use a systems lens and a trauma lens to teach clients about how their challenges are a direct result of the systems they are living in. I believe that knowledge is power and I am a teacher as much as I am a clinician. I have also been mindful and, admittedly, picky, about agencies I choose to work for. I understand that I have to participate in systems, but I choose to participate in ones that are choosing to be equitable. Finally, I believe that connection is a fundamental human need and the key to healing. Therapy, at it's core, is about connecting and empathizing with each other before anything else can happen.