About My Clients
I frequently work with LGBTQ2IA+ folks, college/post college, and young adults. I also specialize in trauma, substance use, and depression & anxiety. My approach to counseling is realistic, down-to-earth, and very human. I'm compassionate but direct, using warmth and humor with my clients. I also often use the Brainspotting technique to help guide my clients to a better understanding of themselves. Feel free to reach out if you want to know more about how I may help you on your healing journey!
How I Can Help You
Sometimes going through life feels like hitting the same wall over and over again. Our past traumas, experiences in relationships, societal and/or familial expectations can unconsciously start to dictate the ways that we think about ourselves and how we relate to the world; we start to have trouble seeing ourselves clearly. As a therapist, I strive to provide a validating space to explore the issues and pain that might be holding you back; helping to refocus your vision so that you are able to witness your own resilience and unique power. You matter...I'll say it again--you matter. You deserve to feel joy. You deserve to stand in your own truth without self-judgement. You deserve healthy relationships, and freedom from trauma/depression/anxiety. We can work together to help you get there. Our focus in therapy won't always be queer issues- it will be about whatever pain/issue you bring to therapy, but you won't ever have to worry about judgement or a lack of understanding with me.
Why I Became a Therapist
As stated above, I am a queer, lesbian therapist, and consistent activist for our community. At the beginning of my therapeutic career, I saw several individuals who had met with past therapists who actually created more trauma for them due to a lack of knowledge and education on queer related issues. Individuals were consistently being misgendered, having to teach their therapist about queer issues, and an overall a lack of accessibility to good care. I personally experienced this with my own past therapists--having to take half a session to explain a queer related term, or being told queerness comes from past traumas. Therefore, I made it part of my life purpose to support queer people through therapeutic relationship, and to educate clinicians on how to queer affirmative through various trainings and presentations. I want to be part of the generation that helps create better clinicians who will best serve the queer community, rather than re-traumatize us.