About My Clients
You're at a crossroads. Maybe you're ready to take your next steps, and seeking guidance. Maybe you're not sure, still doubting whether you could make the changes you know you need in your life, your identity, or your relationships. Either way, looking here is an expression of hope in the possibility of change. I enjoy working with adults and teens of any gender, and relationships and families. I have particular expertise with trans folks, dealing with transition, trauma, substance use, etc.
My Background and Approach
I believe anyone can change their life, heal and grow, if you feel safe enough to be vulnerable and you have the right support. What I offer is calm non-judgment, and navigation for healing pain, resolving ambivalence, finding joy, and facing hardships, grounded in your authentic self and values. My lens is client-centered, gender-affirming, strengths-based, intersectional, trauma-focused, and rooted in my lived experiences as a trans and queer woman. I'm an EMDR Therapist (an evidence-based trauma treatment that helps process painful memories) with a Motivational Interviewing background (a modality for strengthening one's internal motivations for change), and I borrow techniques eclectically from other approaches (such as narrative therapy, DBT, and parts work). I'm also trained in TF-CBT (another evidence based trauma treatment, for adolescents) and Solutions-Focused Therapy (a framework that helps us stay oriented toward goals and strengths, and build on past successes).
My Personal Beliefs and Interests
I subscribe to a depathologizing view of mental health issues. I believe that most of what is diagnosed as mental illness is not a problem innate to the individual, but a predictable outcome of widespread persecution of people's identities, structural exploitation, and interpersonal and intergenerational harm and trauma. As such I believe that systemic social change through an intersectional, anti-oppression framework is part and parcel of promoting mental and emotional well-being. For this reason I stand up for the marginalized communities I belong to (trans, queer, women, Jewish, and neurodivergent people) and actively work to undermine the privileges I hold (by supporting BIPOC and Palestinian liberation, and by learning from economic and environmental justice, Disability, Fat-positive, and other movements). I assume that my clients know more about their particular set of identities and circumstances than I do, and I adopt a stance of cultural humility to align with their worldview.