About My Clients
My ideal clients are smart, brave women who put on a strong face to the world and do their best, but struggle with perfectionism, pain, self-doubt, and the pressure placed on women to be perfect. They struggle with trauma, relationships, body acceptance, sexuality concerns, and/or reproductive health issues. They tend to be high achievers and are great at taking great care of others and being compassionate, but find it harder to take care of themselves and practice self-compassion.
My Background and Approach
I believe that clients are doing the best they can with the cards they've been dealt, and, they can do even better with the right support and tools. The behaviors, thoughts, and feelings that you want to change - they didn't come from nowhere. Even though they may not be working for you now, you learned them somewhere and they served to protect you or keep you safe at some point in your life. Together we can find a better way, so that you can be your best, living in alignment with your highest values. I provide clients a safe space to show up as their full selves, even and especially the tender, vulnerable parts that are hard to show and face. I practice from the lens of intersectional feminism. This means that I take an anti-diet, social justice oriented approach and consider how different parts of your identity (race, size, disability, sexual orientation, faith, etc.) shape your experience as a woman, including experiences of oppression. I work with men & nonbinary folks as well.
My Personal Beliefs and Interests
I move through the world trying to see the best in people and realizing that people's ineffective behaviors are the result of their experiences and what they were taught. I give direct, honest feedback that is still kind and supportive. I practice compassion for myself and others and practice the same skills I ask my clients to. I don't think therapists should ask clients to do anything they wouldn't do themselves. Social justice is very important to me. I am continually working to examine my own experiences of privilege and oppression and root out places where the toxic air we all breathe (racism, sexism, fatphobia, ableism, heterosexism, transphobia, etc.) has taken root in me. I believe this is ethically required of all therapists, and really, of all humans, especially folks who hold privilege. I'm also a nature and dog lover and think laughter is the best medicine (I even laugh frequently with clients, though, always at appropriate times).