I am a licensed therapist and outdoor educator offering affirming care for queer, trans, and gender diverse individuals and families.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker in North Bennington, VT
I have over fifteen years of experience working with adolescents in camps, schools, inpatient mental health programs, wilderness therapy, and other settings. I have been a teacher, a wilderness guide, and am now an individual and group therapist who focuses primarily in helping adolescents manage the many transitions and identity issues that arise during these pivotal years of life.
Gender identity considerations are increasingly at the center of my practice with young people. I have attended trainings on the subject and greatly enjoy working with people who are questioning, exploring, and navigating the complex layers of gender identity, expression, and related relationship concerns. I am competent in offering gender affirming care and can assist clients in overcoming barriers to gender affirming medical care if needed.
As a queer person myself, I have many years of personal experience participating in and promoting the unique needs of the LGBTQ community. The majority of my clients identify as LGBTQ, and my training has aligned well with being able to offer affirming, trauma-informed care to this population.
I have attended several trainings in IFS and enjoy incorporating elements of the work into my practice. I find that many clients relate to the concept of parts work and that it is a helpful tool for externalizing problems and reducing shame around certain issues.
Prior to earning my masters in social work, I worked as a field guide in a wilderness therapy program. I am aligned with and familiar with aspects of the wilderness therapy model and currently work with several clients who have attended wilderness therapy programs in the past. I stay connected and up to date on research and professional development opportunities within the field of wilderness and adventure therapy.
I specialize in Adventure Therapy, which is a form of experiential therapy that uses outdoor and indoor activities to enhance the course of treatment. In my work with younger clients, AT has been especially useful for expediting relationship development, highlighting patterns of behavior and thoughts, and reflecting on emotions and skills in the moment.