About My Clients
I specialize in working with people (adults , kids, and teens) who are grappling with their "differentness." This includes people who are autistic, disabled, or neurodivergent; from various family configurations; who are exploring identity; who are grieving, holding trauma, socially shy, or artistic or creative; who are self-harming or contemplating mortality; or who are from families with addiction. The world isn't easy for those of us who feel different!
My Background and Approach
I'm a psychoanalytic thinker but very interactive and collaborative in practice. I have found that therapy is the most effective when we welcome curiosity, warmth, depth and breadth of emotion, humor, safety, and critical thinking into our sessions. My way of working is relational, attachment-based, and incorporates a systemic understanding of problems. In treatment, we'll seek out what is hidden and bring it to light, so we can respond in ways that help. My approach is trauma-informed, client-centered, and existentially inquisitive. I call myself a psychoanalytic therapist because this kind of therapy draws on the entire lineage of psychology theory but has well adapted to the issues and concerns of our times. Contemporary psychoanalytic scholars and clinicians are actively engaged with issues of race, gender, social and political inequality, and substance use.
My Personal Beliefs and Interests
I am especially interested in considering how one's subjectivity is influenced and informed by oppression, racism, and discrimination; by disability, autism, and neurodiversity: by animal rights and/or veganism; by ritual, paganism, Buddhism, and other spiritualities; by fatness and fat activism; by ageism and aging; by our political climate; by political resistance; by sub/counter-culture; and by gender and queer identity. I am very progressively minded and am always questioning ways I can better live my values. Being a therapist is part of this path. I believe that the act of honoring our diversity can heal society, but this starts with realizing, accepting, and honoring our own uniqueness. Every person deserves love and attention, no matter what they're going through, or how "different" they are. I believe that you are remarkable. It is an honor to help you learn to celebrate your uniqueness!