I help people who have lost their voice regain and become comfortable with their power. I value authenticity and the beauty of "unmasking."
Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Orange County, CA
I have training in trauma-informed practices and have worked with dissociation, flashbacks, and other severe symptoms related to abuse in all forms as well as relational and attachment trauma. I do not have training in any somatic modalities, so if your primary concern is the way your trauma has impacted your body and what it's holding onto, I recommend first seeking a specialist in EMDR, sensorimotor therapy, or somatic experiencing. I utilize both narrative and cognitive processing therapy.
I have worked at inpatient, residential, PHP, IOP, and outpatient levels of care treating all eating disorders and underlying/comorbid mental health conditions. I work in a partnership with a dietitian from a fat-positive, HAES-informed lens and address body image issues as well as what is underlying the ED (spoiler: it's not about the food).
I identify as neurodivergent myself and had a diagnosis later in life, so I resonate with my clients who struggle to navigate post-diagnosis life now that they no longer have to mask into socially acceptable ways of thinking. I have experience walking with clients through their past to determine what experiences were shaped by ADHD and sitting with the grief of having been misunderstood as they learn to treat themselves more compassionately.
I have been running DBT groups in eating disorder treatment centers for years, but I first learned about the modality as a client! Interpersonal effectiveness skills in particular are my favorite because I incorporate them into my everyday interactions. I am currently also pursuing training in radically-open DBT for disorders of over-control.
Eating disorders are inherently ambivalent, so motivational interviewing is my default mode. It's okay if you come to me motivated for change one day and the next are contemplating why you're even in therapy. In MI, there is not shame, only information, and we will pair it with CBT strategies to consider the best option for you.
I bring psychodynamic work to every therapeutic interaction, even if my client is only seeking skills. That's because context is everything and if we're going to collaborate on challenging unhelpful beliefs or meeting unmet needs, we're going to have to figure out where those beliefs came from and how you learned to meet those needs once upon a time. Insight itself doesn't cause change, but it gets the ball rolling.
I have supported many clients in confirming self-diagnosis via autistic identity exploration and unmasking beyond the very narrow and deficit-based DSM criteria.