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Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Portland, ME
In addition to working clinically with survivors of sexual abuse and assault, I am a Staff Trainer for MVP Strategies, a gender violence prevention program founded by Jackson Katz, PhD., utilizing the Bystander Approach. I have worked for over 10 years training individuals in the US Military, the entertainment industry, college and university athletic programs, and community groups to recognize and intervene in sexual violence in their immediate cultural contexts.
A large proportion of my clients identify as trans, non-binary, or somewhere else on the gender spectrum (other than cisgender). I have done professional training and have published writing about providing supportive and gender-affirming mental health services, and I am committed to continuing my own education and development in this area. I identify as a cisgender ally, and I feel strongly that I can and should provide a strong voice as an advocate in the field and in my community.
I identify as a queer woman, and I completed my MA in Psychology and Counseling with a concentration in Sexual Orientation. The majority of clients in my practice identify somewhere on the LGBTQIA spectrum, and I am particularly interested in the intersections of identity, presentation, expression, and cultural/social context. I could talk about queer issues for days, so be careful if you get me started!
I have been involved with the Association for Contextual Behavioral Sciences (ACBS) for several years, which is the home of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). I have attended and presented at several of the ACBS WorldCons and written/published with ACBS colleagues on issues related to using ACT to address gender identity issues.
My practice and approach are deeply rooted in Feminist Therapy theory. I believe that transparency, shared power, awareness of oppression, and intersectionality are non-negotiables.
I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy to address both single-incident trauma and complex/developmental trauma. I incorporate principles of Polyvagal Theory and Attachment Theory in this process to help people's nervous systems more easily achieve regulation and a sense of safety.