My goal is to create a safe space where I help clients work through all the sh*t tha leads to anxiety, disconnect and dysfunction.
Licensed Professional Counselor in Anchorage, AK
I'm immensely passionate about attachment theory, attachment parenting, attachment styles and helping clients resolve attachment wounds/trauma. Being social creatures, it makes sense that our relationships can "make or break us." Unfortunately, many of us carry wounds from broken attachments and as a result make choices that go against our own best interest or hurt others. When we understand attachment and how it has impacted us, we can know ourselves deeper and heal.
I love working with adolescents -- it may take a second to gain trust (understandably) but once you do, they dive deep (and are hilarious). I work to be the kind of therapist I needed as a teen. I help teens work through anxiety, depression, family issues, relationship issues while exploring their own identities & finding their place in this world. I want teens to know their value in a society where they are often devalued. And I want parents & teens to connect in healthy ways.
Parenting is the hardest role that we can never adequately prepare for. I've spent the last 7 years working with parents/families to help them understand how they got to where they are so they can build the skills to venture down a better path. I teach from an attachment/peaceful parenting perspective as I feel that much of "mainstream" parenting leads to disconnect, emotional dysfunction and covert violence. We tend to repeat what we know until we know better.
I love so much about Brainspotting; it compliments attachment theory & "parts" work & allows clients to do "deep work," that sometimes isn't possible with talk therapy alone. It's a way to clear through "stuff" in a completely different way so that clients can heal and move forward with their lives. I've taken variety of Brainspotting trainings & am in the process of being certified by Winter 2021.
My career has been focused on understanding & working from an attachment-based perspective. My trainings, my research, & my readings are generally related to attachment (& trauma). It's challenging for me NOT to view the struggles that clients experience as being mostly relational & rooted in attachment in one way or another. As they say, "Before labeling yourself with depression, make sure you're not just surrounded by a**holes," (it's not quite so simple, but there's some truth to it).
Modern feminist therapy is not just for women. It seeks to address the concerns of all who have been impacted by systems of oppression (Black, Indigenous, & People of Color, LGBQTIA+, those who are Neurodivergent, Disabled individuals, etc). In order to understand & help those who have been marginalized we must understand those systems & work to dismantle them. I recognize that as a white person who presents as a cisgender heteronormative female, I have unearned privilege.
There is such a strong need for therapists that are not just LGBQT “friendly” or “affirming.” You all deserve so much more. You deserve someone who continually works to be better for you. Who is always learning and growing in this work. I cannot say how much honor I feel in working with LGBQTIA+ folx; to be able to be a genuinely safe place is a privilege that I don’t take lightly.