About My Clients
As a parent or caregiver, you've noticed a change where your teen's smile is gone and they're more to themselves, stressed, unmotivated, anxious, sad, or angry and you know something has to change. They often feel misunderstood, are quiet, sensitive, don't easily trust adults, or have seen so many therapists they're over it. You need someone to connect with your teen, join their world, and support them in regaining happiness, stability and success in their lives. I'm here to offer this support.
My Background and Approach
I have a great track record of connecting with youth, young adults (Gen Z and Millennials) and the young at heart who are shy or reserved, considered defiant or oppositional, or have difficulty trusting adults and talking to providers. It's all about connection, and I join their world by connecting with their interests and use those metaphors to work towards change. Some may say that your love of music/tv shows/movies/books/sports/video games/RPGs/anime/memes/cosplay has no place in therapy, but I don’t find that to be true. Think about it—the people we connect to are often those we share interests with or can talk about our passions with. You know that song that totally resonates with your soul? Or that part in that show where you are on the same wavelength with one of the characters and what they’re going through? YES. That all can be brought into the session because we learn from the stories and metaphors around us. You get to be your authentic self and I’m here for it!
My Personal Beliefs and Interests
First and foremost, I believe everyone has strengths and the ability to change and grow in ways that fit better for them. As a therapist, I walk alongside you and hold the belief that YOU are the expert on yourself and your life. I bring my tools, training, and care to the table, but at the end of the day, the one who makes the progress is you. I fully support the LGBTQIA+ community, the Black Lives Matters movement, BIPOC, AAPI and actively work to end the stigma of mental illness. Foster youth also have a special place in my heart as I have spent many years seeing their fierce resilience that people often overlook. I am also Neurodiversity Affirmative and seek information from Neurodivergent voices. I’m a total geek so feel free to be your authentic self in session, whether you love anything from anime, to cosplay, LARPing, D&D, video games or… any of your passions! Right now, you’ll find me gaming Animal Crossing, Pokemon, Fire Emblem and Hades!