I'm a queer therapist with a cat on their lap helping clients reconnect with their most authentic self.
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Aiding in the exploration of gender identity and dismantling the barriers that can arrive to gaining access to care is incredibly important to me and has been a focus area of mine for the past 7 years.
I hold a specialization for serving the LGBTQ population and have centered my work around the LGBTQ community since my 2013 internship with Seattle Counseling Service (proudly serving the LBGTQ community since 1969).
One of my favorite memories is co-hosting a workshop with the legendary Allena Gabosch, former Director of the Center for Sex Positive Culture, on "How to become a more Kink-Aware Therapist". Because I don't think you should have to educate your therapist on being poly or open or kinky.
While I do utilize ACT principles, alongside that I truly love utilizing Self-compassion based principles that really encourage self-understanding, expression, and kindness.
I focus my practice in a narrative therapy lens (the drop down options here just don't unfortunately match my modalities)- but this is also very existential, looking at what makes life meaningful and what the full scope of one's story is.
I utilize self-compassion exercises and mindfulness tools as a way to ground and connect with one's authentic self.
I believe in the power of someone's story to shape their present and their future. I have a certificate with the Vancouver School of Narrative Therapy and I believe in the transformational power of story-telling.
It is important to me to match the needs and personality of my client- so if you are someone who thrives with structure, I'll break out some Cognitive Behavioral Therapy worksheets, but if you are someone who struggles to frame your story in words, I'll utilize an art therapy tool or give you a metta meditation to use as homework. I think it's important to adapt in therapy because not every person is the same or can benefit from the same treatment style.