About My Clients
If you identify as neurodivergent or deviate from the mainstream -- welcome! And thank your for adding some much needed diversity to society. While our differences makes us the unique & interesting individuals we are, it doesn't always feel comfortable to meet life's endless demands. We are often pushed to fight natural tendencies at the expense of our true needs. We might "mask" to fit in & still feel misunderstood. So, how do we practice self-acceptance against constant invalidation?
My Background and Approach
In my counseling approach I help clients increase self-acceptance and become strong self advocates. I believe it's important to feel proud of the things that make you unique and unlearn ideas that these traits are actually flaws. It's up to you to decide what parts of yourself to honor and which to change -- family, employers, and peers should not be making these decisions for you. We can discuss living as authentically and comfortably as possible by making intentional choices to set boundaries, put your needs first, and be unapologetically yourself. If mastering new social skills or managing behaviors you don't like makes you feel supported, we can talk about evidence based strategies for those goals as well.
My Personal Beliefs and Interests
I began my education in Fine Arts before earning my Bachelors in Computer Science and then finally my Masters in Clinical Counseling. My academic path truly reflects my personality, as I believe that logic and emotion in harmony lead to wisdom. While I notice a tendency to view emotion and logic as mutually exclusive opposites, I believe both are crucial to a well rounded human experience. For me, the struggle to balance authenticity and meet societal expectations is very familiar. I've had to learn from missteps how to listen to my own needs, treat myself kindly, and be a fierce self-advocate. The great news is that it IS possible and therapy is the perfect place for this type of support. I hope to collaborate soon!