I am an inclusive and affirming therapist with an integrative approach aligning with my clients' unique lived experiences, needs and goals.
Associate Professional Counselor in Tarzana, CA
Supervised by Dr. Sharon Burnett
As an LGBTQ+ advocate and educator I strive to create affirming and inclusive spaces for all people highlighting the intersectionality of people's unique lived experiences and dimensional group identities. I educate mental health providers on Gender Inclusive Counseling™ treatment approaches, policies, procedures, and advocacy. In the past I've worked with LGBTQ+ organizations assisting folx and their loved ones to find greater support, connect with resources, and embrace authenticity.
Especially during the pandemic, parenting remains a challenging endeavor that offers us with an opportunity to heal our own childhood wounds. The role of parent can be ever-changing depending on the needs of the child/children, so I embrace a holistic approach that wraps around attachment, emotional regulation, and mindfulness to promote resilience.
As a trauma-informed therapist, I create a trauma-sensitive environment even before I start work with people. I remain mindful of assessing and addressing trauma using a biopsychosocial, spiritual and multicultural lens. Each person's experience of trauma is unique; therefore, I listen carefully and reflect back the person's reality. I remain strengths-focused while building resiliency depending on the person's timing. I often tell my clients to be gentle with themselves throughout our work.
My approach is to align with the person's needs, lived experience, and goals. This means that I may draw from psychodynamic, existential, CBT, person-centered, and/or feminist philosophies accordingly. I include the client on this journey and explain my process throughout so that we are working as a team.
My graduate training, clinical experience, and supervision has been grounded in psychodynamic therapy. The foundation of my work draws from honoring the therapeutic relationship, exploring the unconscious, identifying defense processes/ survival strategies, examining early attachments, important relationships, and core conflicts.
Since a person's multicultural group identity plays a defining and sometimes transitional role in their life, we examine the person's beliefs, core values, assumptions, biases, experience of oppression/discrimination, and cultural traditions that shape their unique lived experience.