About My Clients
My clients are diverse, identifying at cis/het, and all along the beautiful queer spectrum. They come to session ready to think deeply, commit to the work, and remain curious about themselves and, if applicable, their partner(s). My clients are ready to talk about their concerns, but also make real changes in their daily lives to imagine a different future.
My Background and Approach
I am licensed as a clinical social worker (LCSW) in the state of Indiana. I earned my Master of Social Work at Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work and later attended University of Michigan to earn my certificate in sex therapy and a certificate in sex education. My training and clinical expertise include supporting LGBTQ+ clients; transgender clients as they navigate sex and intimacy during transition; desire discrepancy in couples; assessment of sexual functioning concerns particularly in those assigned female at birth; helping sero-discordant couples navigate sexual intimacy; rebuilding sex and intimacy after sexual abuse and trauma, and supporting partners of trauma survivors. My practice is informed by Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Gottman couples work, and a lot of psycho- and sex education. I am a proud member of American Academy of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT).
My Personal Beliefs and Interests
I was raised in the queer community through the 1980s and 1990s AIDS crisis, so lost many friends and family members to this disease. I have worked in reproductive and sexual health since the age of 18, to honor them and help us imagine a better future. From administering HIV/STI tests, collecting public health data, working to keep abortion accessible, teaching safe sex classes to children and adults, serving domestic violence survivors and refugees, and providing sex therapy, I do it because I believe we all deserve to know how our bodies work, how to protect them, and how they feel pleasure. Our bodies and are our sexualities are not to be feared, but celebrated. We all deserve the right to thrive in this way, whether in relationships or by ourselves.