About My Clients
I see people ages 12+ for individual and group counseling, focusing on people wanting to heal from trauma, and/or lessen anxiety, depression, and PTSD symptoms, and/or wanting to explore their multiple identities and find meaning in life. Upcoming group topics include: Finding the Career Best Suited for You Healing from Domestic Violence/Intimate Partner Violence Finding your Sexual, Affectional, and Relational Self Tell Your Story Finding Your Strengths
My Background and Approach
My experience getting individual and group counseling help as a DV survivor, and then as a volunteer leading DV groups, led me to become a therapist. This not only gave me experience to understand other survivors, but the experience of what it is like to figure out who I was again, to try and fail multiple times, and to eventually rebuild my life to live it the way I want. I deeply empathize and listen to people because with a lot of issues, I've been there. And then I've come out on the other side even stronger. I use education and creativity to find people's strengths to find meaning, healthy relationships, lives with creativity and adventure, and careers that bring joy. Group therapy is a fun way to achieve all this: People get a chance to learn, grow, and connect with one another, while supporting one another. It reminds us that we are not alone in our experiences, provides other viewpoints, lets us practice communication skills, and come out of the experience with a new friend.
My Personal Beliefs and Interests
My friends in school to become a therapist nicknamed me "AdvoKate" and I absolutely melted. I do advocate for people, and I also show people how to advocate for themselves. I have a lot of advocacy passions, though some are: DV, SA, BLM, LGBTQ+, personal body autonomy, and climate change. I organized phone banks and canvases for, and was a precinct delegate for Bernie Sanders; I went to the CHOP almost every day; and I have spoken at city council meetings; as well as attended other protests, marches and activities. I stay on top of the news and I find ways to help whenever I can. I believe finding even small ways to give and advocate for change can be incredibly therapeutic and empowering. Though, I also like to remind people to put their own mental health first and to find that balance. We must always put our own life jackets first and take care of our own needs, before we can help others. Once we're ready, though, it can make us feel so strong, connected, and alive.