Hi there! I'm a therapist who's passionate about and experienced in working with the trans, kinky, poly, and chronically ill communities.
Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Costa Mesa, CA
Supervised by Brooklynn Kendall, LMFT
Perhaps the most stigmatized and pathologized part of the queer community, kink culture is often misunderstood. BDSM, kinkiness, and the fetish life are all about consent, negotiation, and care. I understand how difficult it can be to vulnerable and share one’s kinkiest desires and unique fetishes with their partner(s) and even themselves. I’d like to support you in all of your dynamics and fantasies. I’m here to help you discover and explore all of your kinks and fantasies.
The experience of being transgender and non-binary is often pathologized by the medical community. I’m here to listen to you and your experience—the entirety of it. I have written numerous HRT and gender-affirming surgery letters. I’ve also worked with clients to repair the harm and violence of being misgendered. Polyamorous people and those who practice ethical or consensual non-monogamy are often stereotyped—poly relationships can, in fact, come in many, many forms. I’m here to support you!
Over the last decade, I’ve been an active advocate for the chronic illness community. Serving as a volunteer, I’ve led patient education seminars, facilitated patient support groups, created programs for patients, lobbied for more health research funds, and served on the board of the LFNC. If you’re looking for a therapist who understands the experience of being chronically ill, you’ve stumbled on the right therapist’s page. I’ve dedicated much of my life to supporting patients like you.
EMDR stands for eye-movement desensitization and reprocessing. It was a system developed by Francine Shapiro to help people relieve themselves of emotional distress, trauma, and especially PTSD. Clients do not even need to verbalize their trauma to experience the benefits of EMDR treatment--EDMR uses rapid eye-movement for memory reprocessing like we experience during REM sleep cycles. EMDR is especially helpful for those who feel that they have exhausted talk therapy and need something more.
Imago therapy was developed with the goal to help partners reconnect, heal, and grow in their relationships. Imago hones in on partners' childhood wounds and helps them repair and grow past them within the relationship. It offers partners very practical and concrete interventions, such as formal appreciations, mirroring, validating, and empathizing. Clients can immediately apply interventions their daily lives to improve their relationships through the fostering of safety and security.
Narrative therapy, as the name suggests, focuses on your story. It helps you find meaning in your life and purpose in your interactions. It shifts focus from pathologizing you to empowering you. It helps you externalize your problems, deconstruct your issues, and identify dominant narratives. It helps you pinpoint events in your life that are congruent with who you'd like to be. Most importantly, narrative therapy gives you the power back in your story. You become your own agent of change.