I'm a queer therapist who works with queer individuals, queer families, queer partners, & queer parents.
Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Hiawatha, IA
Supervised by Jess Pladsen, LMFT #000397
I have experience working with gender minorities and previously served as a therapist, a group facilitator, and as the Associate Clinic Director for the LGBTQ Counseling Clinic at the University of Iowa. I provide gender-affirming mental health care and WPATH psychosocial assessments and letters of support.
I have experience working with the LGBTQ+ population and previously served as a therapist, a group facilitator, and as the Associate Clinic Director for the LGBTQ Counseling Clinic at the University of Iowa. I provide queer-affirming mental health care and support for individuals, couples, parents, and families like yours who are often navigating confusing and less than accepting social and care scenarios.
I am a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) and Certified Family Trauma Professional (CFTP). I help clients like you manage and process trauma so you can move forward.
Queer people have historically been harmed by mental health care as an institution, and continue to be in many ways. I am well aware of this and I integrate collaborative therapy into my practice to help create a collaborative, transparent, and egalitarian space in the therapy room so that my clients can trust the process and that therapy is a truly safe space for them.
Narrative therapy is the foundational therapeutic model for my clinical practice. I am here to listen to your story and your experiences. And I recognize that sometimes our narratives get hijacked by both our own internal monsters (worries, fears, trauma) and by external monsters (intergenerational trauma, injustice and oppression, other systemic barriers). I am here to work with you as you unjack your narrative and move forward with the life story that you want.
I have experience working with clients in-house at a domestic violence shelter. DV shelters see high turn-over, leading to a need for brief but effective therapeutic intervention. When brief therapy is needed or desired, client mental health may be better served by focusing on practical, solution-focused goals. If brief therapy is something that you are looking for, I have the experience to provide it.