Hi there! I am Mal (pronoun: Mal), a radical licensed clinical social worker who is a non-binary trans person with invisible disabilities.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Michigan
Living in a world that hasn't been made for most of us can lead to a lot of insecurities and negative self talk that can lead to anxiety and depression. My favorite work to do is to help people lift up the parts of themselves that they love and quiet the external noise that tells them that they are not good enough for whatever reason. These external noises can from from our families, our communities, society, social media, etc. All of my training over my career plays into this work.
I have years of experience working individually with people who identify as TGNC or are questioning their gender identity. I have also done many trainings making schools, mental health practitioners and medical staff more affirming to TGNC persons. It can be really hard to find a therapist that is welcoming to someone who doesn't fall into the cis-gender binary world, but even harder to find someone who is affirming. I not only want to affirm your gender identity but I want to celebrate it.
Working with adolescents has always been my main priority since becoming a social worker. I believe that adolescents hold so much insight and are very inspirational. I also know that for some, adolescence will be the hardest times of our lives and in today's world full of social media it can make it so much harder. Adolescents are faced with so much during these years that it can be really helpful for them to have someone to talk to who will keep a safe and confidential space with them.
I was trained in Motivation Interviewing in 2009 and have continued refresher trainings since. Motivational Interviewing is a specific way to ask questions to help someone figure out what a problem or goal might be and how they can get there. I also often use these techniques to help people realize they usually already have the tools they need to solve the problems in their life.
I received my Certificate in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy from New York University in 2019 after attending their year long intensive course. This is the treatment orientation I use the most. It focuses on how our thoughts, feeling and behaviors are all interconnected and when we can change our reaction to a thought and/or behavior, it can lead to a different feeling. This treatment method is great for people struggling with anxiety, depression, self-esteem and really just about anything!
I was trained in Structural Family Therapy by the Minuchin Center For The Family over 6 years ago. I currently use this method, as well as additional training to work with families who are struggling to accept their LGBTQIA+ child.