I am an LGBQ, TGNC, and polyam-affirming relational trauma therapist serving clients through the lens of Somatic Experiencing.
Therapist in Arlington Heights, IL
Supervised by Kristen Marzolf, LCSW, SEP
As a queer therapist, I value an affirmative and intersectional approach to gender and sexual identity. I have received extensive training and consultation from Live Oak, where I served as a Post-Graduate Fellow and supported primarily queer and trans clients across the age spectrum as they explore their identities, navigate relationship concerns, and deepen their connection to themselves.
Many of my clients struggle with the impact of complex and/or developmental trauma. My clinical training focused on systemic and relational therapeutic work with children, youth, and adults who have survived intimate partner and/or sexual violence. I am building on this foundation with additional training in Somatic Experiencing to approach healing and safety through body-based interventions.
I specialize in helping people attend to their emotional worlds through learning to self-regulate and co-regulate. Attachment is the root of regulation -- our felt sense of safety and connection. Together, we can explore your early experiences of connection and safety (or lack thereof) to understand how your attachment system is impacted and practice new ways of attending to your self.
I work within and am supervised by a Somatic Experiencing practice, and I am beginning the first level of SE training in 2019. I incorporate mindful attention to the body in and out of session to invite the cultivation of groundedness, security, and connection. My focus is to help you expand your distress tolerance through awareness, practice, and patience.
I have been trained and supervised in attending to my relationships with my clients. Research shows that the therapeutic relationship is the single most identifiable factor in therapy that the client finds helpful. In our work together, I will invite us to talk about our experiences with each other. Our relationship will have a lot to teach us.