About My Clients
My ideal client is anyone who is motivated and willing to do "the work." Clients who are willing to make mistakes, be vulnerable, admit to their struggles, take responsibility for their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and aim for long-term growth over "quick fixes" are my favorite clients to counsel. As a counselor, I do not expect perfection - ever. Instead, I only ask that my clients strive to approach our sessions with curiosity and courage.
My Background and Approach
My goal is to provide my clients with a safe space where they can seek insights, get curious, gain understanding, and process through life’s problems without fear of judgment or shame. I am passionate about partnering with individuals of all ages and backgrounds, especially those who have experienced severe trauma, relational anxiety, and sexual brokenness. I have over seven years of experience specializing in recovery work with women and minors who have been sex trafficked in the USA and abroad. I want my clients to know that no matter what they’ve been through, they are worthy of love and restoration, and that hope and healing are possible. During sessions, I will be using a counseling approach that integrates Bowen Family Systems Theory with trauma-sensitive principles. This means that respecting my client’s safety and autonomy as they heal from past hurts and define their sense of self will be my top priority.
My Personal Beliefs and Interests
I believe in the power of “ubuntu,” a Zulu phrase that means, “I am what I am because of who we all are.” As humans, we are all connected and impacted through our relationships with others. Our ability to define ourselves in relationship to others can impact our ability to manage our anxiety, establish our sense of self-worth, and live authentically without fear or compromise. I believe that our ability to love and show compassion to others is directly related to our ability to love and define our sense of self. When we can stand strong in our own identities, then we become more free and capable of honoring and respecting the identities of others - no matter how different they may be. When it comes to abuse of any kind, I am incredibly passionate about helping survivors find their identities beyond "victim." My goal as a counselor is to help these survivors rediscover their strength, power, and unique voice - because our trauma does not have to define who we are.