Clients who find me tend to be seeking a place to unpack current difficulties, identify problem areas and explore previous emotional injuries. Clients tend to stay to gain understanding, develop self awareness and take control where they feel disempowered. I work with clients of different gender identities, relationship structures, sexualities, economic and occupational backgrounds.
My Background and Approach
I work from an intersectional feminist perspective. This means I believe our combined identities impact our experience of the world. We will explore how race, gender, SES, size and abilities shape our views and shape how people perceive us. I work from a psychodynamic lens and often incorporate elements of CBT and DBT to target specific thoughts and behaviors and teach skills in session that you can practice to find relief in the moment.
I also work under the assumption that you know you best. I am not here to offer advice or prescribe changes that don't feel authentic to you. That being said, my trainings and special interests often help me have perspective that is hard to see when you're "in it." I prefer to collaborate to identify alternative ways of thinking, feeling and acting that support the changes you seek.
My Personal Beliefs and Interests
Proudly Queer. I unquestionably believe that Black Lives Matter and strive to challenge my internalized racism and active participation in white supremacy both in and out the the therapy office. I know that as a white therapist trained in a field largely centering the white experience as the default I need to actively check in with my role as a healer and take accountably for harm (even if unintentionally) done. I am Anti-diet, pro-body awareness and support body neutrality. I believe diets don't work and strive to de-center thinness as the ideal body. I am mindful of my participation in capitalism/consumerism as a coping mechanism and defense for painful emotions. As a result, try to be environmental conscious and try not to literally buy into things that don't support my interests. I believe that words without action can be harmful and actively participate in making the changes that I hope to see for our future. You may see me in the streets.