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Licensed Professional Counselor in ,
Not all counselors are trained/prepared to understand the differences between psychosis and transpersonal experiences. I have taken graduate-level classes, received supervision, and consulted with experienced colleagues on the subject of spiritually-significant moments, after-death communication, near-death experiences, and dreamwork. I want my clients to know that I am a safe person to discuss these topics with and will seek to explore their meaning and significance with you.
I have studied and practiced Rogerian counseling from my introductory counseling skills class all the way to my present clinical work. I accept my clients for who they are in each passing moment. I believe all people have inherent worth as people, and not because of any added conditions of worth. I believe wholeheartedly in the power of the counseling relationship itself to promote healing and growth.
From my foundation as a Person-Centered Counselor, I have begun practicing counseling through the lens of relationships. I explain to my clients that we exist in many relationship structures, and that the most important relationship we have is with our own self. I help my clients explore how they can develop a more compassionate relationship with self as if they were their own friend. I have observed that this can directly lead to feeling more authentic in interpersonal relationships.
Working with LGBTQ clients is extremely important to me personally and professionally. I live in a state with a harmful political climate against LGBTQ people, and I spend many hours with my clients processing the resulting trauma. I remind my clients that they are worthy of safety and love regardless of what anyone else has said. My ultimate hope with LGBTQ clients is that they can believe in their worth too, and be able to celebrate themselves in a world that wants to eradicate them.
I have worked extensively with gender-diverse clients throughout my career. As a non-binary counselor, I know exactly what it can feel like when you experience gender euphoria for the first time. In the safety of the counseling space, I love helping clients think of the ways they want to experiment with different expressions and affirming activities to learn what works for them. I also share information and resources my clients can use if they want to seek HRT services.
I always feel honored when my clients trust me enough to explore the depths of their spirituality. I have witnessed how meaningful it can be to find a personal spirituality especially after experiencing religious trauma. I am trained in transpersonal counseling and dream processing, so please understand that bringing these issues into our work is not only welcome but also highly encouraged. If you have ever been spiritually invalidated by a counselor, I want to offer you a different experience.