Liberation-minded trauma therapist helping clients cultivate a sense of contentment, authenticity, and curiosity in their daily life.
Marriage and Family Therapist Associate in , CA
Supervised by Suzanne Wallach, LMFT, PsyD
I have always been drawn to working with highly sensitive people, including those who have been identified as having a personality disorder such as BPD. I see being highly sensitive as a superpower that no one teaches you how to wield. My training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy in conjunction with attachment-based treatment helps highly sensitive people move through their emotions without suppressing or becoming overtaken by them so they can lead more intentional and grounded lives.
My graduate work focused on how white identity impacts relationships, communities, and sense of self. I enjoy working with other white individuals, couples, or families around deconstructing the unconscious impacts of white culture and white supremacy in their own lives so they can be empowered to live closer to their own values. I specialize in helping white caregivers and parents create new dynamics within their families and local communities to challenge white supremacy.
I am passionate about working with people who have endured trauma. I have specialized training in treating trauma from an integrated model using attachment theory and DBT to support long-term healing. Within these frameworks, I have more intensive training in post-traumatic sleep disturbance (incl. nightmares) and compassionate exposure training for environmental triggers. Clients with PTSD can expect strategies for immediate relief and long-term treatment to facilitate deep, lasting healing.
Romantic partners can come to therapy for a variety of reasons. I work with partners facing serious challenges, who may be considering a separation and also those looking to deepen their connection or learn new skills before a major commitment. For parents and caregivers, I also provide coaching-style sessions to help you support your children and teens using loving, evidence-based practices. I am kink, queer, and poly affirming.
I am have completed the 16-week foundational training in DBT and work part-time in a comprehensive DBT clinic. I believe that DBT helps clients that are in acute distress or who are struggling with compulsions, intrusive thoughts, or high levels of anxiety to lower their levels of distress and feel more connected to their authentic selves. I also find DBT to be a beautiful compliment to trauma-focused work as it helps to manage triggers without avoidance.
All people want to feel connected to and valued by others. Attachment therapy recognizes that we cannot heal in isolation and honors the profound difficulties that can arise when we feel disconnected from those we rely on for support. I completed a one-year internship in my graduate program focused on attachment-based therapy and use this theory as the bedrock for my work. Working from this lens, I work to build secure and authentic relationships with my clients so they can feel safe and valued.