About My Clients
If you're ready to take a step into radical self acceptance, or maybe you're already on that path and finding obstacles in your way, I am here to take that journey with you. My goal as a counselor in training is to help clients explore anxiety, depression, body image concerns, sexuality, and gender identity exploration with self-compassion and an eye on the structural injustices that make this work so hard. Together, let's find the goals and values that move you and let them be our guide.
My Background and Approach
I am a current graduate student at Antioch New England, where I’ve been training in the online Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. I’m working towards a certificate in Trans Affirmative Therapy through my program, but I also have a deep passion for social justice advocacy, intersectional feminism, and practicing from a fat-positive, Health at Every Size lens. My role as a counselor is reflective in nature rather than directive, and I believe that my clients have the best insight on what they'd like to work on in our sessions together. I draw from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and I believe that setting concrete goals based on personal values is a powerful tool for us to utilize together. In our work together, we will explore the thoughts and feelings that are pushing you away from living aligned with your values. We'll also learn some tools to step back from these thoughts, notice where they're coming from, and acknowledge them compassionately without feeling swept away.
My Personal Beliefs and Interests
I believe strongly that clients deserve informed, competent care from their providers without having to take on the burden of that education themselves. I'm a member of the LGBTQ+ community, and one of my greatest goals is to help reduce gatekeeping in the healthcare field by believing the experiences of trans and gender nonconforming people. I am firmly anti-diet. Diet culture has claimed enough time in our culture, and I am here to facilitate a shift to a more compassionate relationship with our bodies when I can. I also believe that antiracism is a verb, not a state of being, and acknowledging my priveleges has become a routine part of my work in this field. Everyone starts somewhere, and I'd be honored to help support others who are exploring these ideas for the very first time. There are no bad questions in my view!