As a Licensed Psychologist, I specialize in helping LGBTQ+ individuals live more authentically and feel empowered to face life's challenges.
Psychologist in Denton, TX
You may relate to others based on your family, past or current experiences, cultural identities, or other factors that have impacted your development. When a therapeutic alliance is formed, gradually an individual's relational style will also start to occur in our work. For instance, if you relate to others through the use of humor, we will examine how this benefits you and/or could be hindering your relationships. This approach to therapy can help you gain insight into your relational style.
Feminist interventions consider cultural context that impacts how we form and maintain relationships, as well as impacting our sense of self and well-being. I will look beyond your “presenting problem” and symptoms to your relationships with loved ones and family and the greater context of your world and how that impacts your functioning and well-being. This tends to be a de-pathologizing approach that focuses on the whole person rather than focusing on a list of symptoms.
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an evidenced-based treatment, which means that the effectiveness of CBT has been supported by research. CBT skills will help first teach you about the interaction between your thoughts, feelings, and actions. You will learn to identify, examine, and change unhelpful, negative-based thoughts. For instance, an automatic thought (i.e., "if I don't make people laugh, they will reject me") leads to certain negative feelings and behaviors.
Most people experience sadness at times, as our moods fluctuate depending on the context occurring in our lives. Sadness is only one aspect of depression and some people with depression may not experience sadness at all. Symptoms vary depending on each unique individual, and I would want to understand how various identities/experiences could be impacting your symptoms. I will help teach you about the interaction between your thoughts, feelings, and actions in order to manage depression.
Anxiety is an expected part of life and can at times motivate us to be successful. It is common to feel anxious when faced with a problem at work, before completing an exam, or before making an important life decision. However, anxiety disorders involve more than short-term worry or fear. For a person experiencing an anxiety disorder, the anxiety does not go away and can get worse over time. I hope to hep you improve your daily functioning and allow you to feel successful in your life.
If you are going through a stressful time and are searching for a therapist, you may also worry about fear of rejection or misunderstanding, or having to hide aspects of yourself from your therapist. This is a real concern for most LGBTQ+ identified individuals and couples. I offer all LGBTQ+ clients the unique opportunity to know before we meet that I am someone from their own community with a licensed, trained, studied, and personal understanding of their development and current issues.