AuDHD Therapist, holding space for folx who are looking for change within themselves and their relationships.
Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Grand Rapids, MI
Supervised by Hannah Sullivan, LMSW, LMFT, Nina Keeler, LMFT
My work with LGBTQ issues has been both personal, and professional. It is my belief that all therapists should be affirming and LGBTQ+ literate. Due to this belief, I chose to work with an organization that had established itself as being an affirming space for area families and individuals during graduate school. During this time I worked with transgender and non-binary folx, clients in polyamorous relationships and pansexual clients (and their families or partners when requested).
My course of graduate study emphasized family systems. I then put this study to work with families and relationships who were experiencing distress. I have experience in a therapeutic capacity and in the capacity of a crisis worker reuniting families in lockout or runaway situations, meaning either the child has run away from home or the family has refused to allow the child to return. Having had experience in high-stress situations, I am comfortable working with any level of conflict.
Ever single person goes through normative and non-normative transitions in life (things you expect and don't expect). In my graduate work I completed my thesis on the transition from high school to college, and how family of origin impacts students. Our support systems in times of transition play a critical role in how we respond to the stress of change. This is true regardless of whether we view a change as positive or negative.
Like Family Systems Theory, I use Attachment Theory as a way to help clients process their relationships to their parents and their partners. This approach I use less frequently, but it is something I employ when there is significant anxiety around relationships with parents or partners.
CBT is an effective and research based approach to therapy. I use CBT interventions to help clients manage symptoms in their day to day lives.