About My Clients
Do you feel torn between different beliefs, identities, or cultures? Are you tired of people trying to squash your intersecting identities into one neat, little box? Being labeled as "other" can be exhausting and isolating -- and yet you are not alone. My clients are also pressured to conform with the reductive and false binaries of systemic oppression. What I welcome them -- and you-- into, however, is healing that affirms, intentionally chosen change, and grounded, empowering growth.
My Background and Approach
From my own international upbringing and mixed-race, multicultural identity, I understand how lonely, frustrating, and exhausting it can be to feel like you don't fully belong no matter where you are. I recognize your experiences are unique and respect the deep self-knowledge and resources you already have within yourself, while also supporting and equipping you with tools and strategies for negotiating present stressors. In my feminist, trauma-informed, and collaborative approach to therapy, you won't be pathologized or preached at; we go at your pace, guided by your goals and values, and conscious of the sociocultural and structural contexts. I invite you into curiosity about yourself, others, and the world around you within a compassionate and empowering relationship. Unpacking repressive beliefs and harmful narratives, we'll work together to process personal, community, and intergenerational traumas and to nurture a meaningful and sustainable life rooted in your values and beliefs.
My Personal Beliefs and Interests
I choose to be grounded in and informed by intersectional feminism, rather than falling in line with pathologizing and paternalistic norms. I choose to create a relationship of equals; to value your expertise in your own experiences and perspective; to actively name and denounce structural and systemic inequities; to recognize healing and social justice as interdependent, community, and socio-cultural-political processes. Exploring your identity and navigating oppressive systems don't have to be why you're seeking therapy (though they can be), but the pervasive -isms and -phobias do inevitably shape your experiences. And intersectional feminist counseling involves actually recognizing these complex contexts. You deserve care and support without being blamed, gaslit, or having to educate someone else. Bringing your whole self to the ongoing processes of healing and growth is itself resistance.