About My Clients
I specialize in providing neurodiverse affirming therapy. What does this mean? It means that my therapeutic approach is to help you embrace your differences while still trying to navigate a neurotypical world. Usually the clients I see in my practice are young adults with a diagnosis (or suspected diagnosis) of ADHD, Autism, OCD, Anxiety, Intermittent-Explosive Disorder and/or Depression.
My Background and Approach
I am an ADHD certified clinical services provider, as well as a Certified Anger management specialist. I have worked with at-risk/ runaway/ homeless youth (16-24 years old) in a not for profit setting. For my clients with ADHD and/or any executive dysfunctions, I assist with utilizing tools to get them organized, as well as identifying how to work with their thought processes rather than against. For my clients who struggle with anger management and/or anxiety, I help them understand their patterns and underlying triggers to their anger and/or anxiety, while also providing tools for de escalating emotions during times of significant distress. For all of clients who don’t fit neatly in a box, I use a combination of approaches to influence the flow of therapy sessions to help navigate daily stressors and challenge contradicting thought patterns.
My Personal Beliefs and Interests
As a licensed therapist, I don’t believe people necessarily fit in a neat little box that is labelled with a mental health diagnosis. I believe that diagnosis should not be a means to an end for treatment. Mental health diagnoses should only be a blueprint to understanding the many variations in how our minds work or can be affected. You are not depressed, you are not anxious, you are not bipolar. You are you, and although you may have some of these symptoms, they do not define who you are as an individual. I hold the radical belief that most symptoms of mental health issues were once an evolutionary advantage. What makes them a “disorder” in today’s word is the fact that they do not fit in with current societal norms. To some extent, these disorders continue to have some advantages. Many creative people, even extraordinarily intelligent people, could probably be diagnosed with some type of mental “disorder” (In fact, many of them have!).