About My Clients
I love working with clients who want to live a beautiful story, whether they are adult individuals, families with older children and teens, co-parents, or relational/couple clients. I believe humans are inherently relational human beings, but things get tricky when we realize that relationships are both the cause of most of our struggles, as well as the answer for how to work through them. Maybe you feel the same way. Let's work through this messiness together.
My Background and Approach
I take my clients' lead in what topics we cover and what work we need to do together. Sometimes we dive into the past and hang out there for a while. We often delve into culture, identity, and values. At times we stay in the here-and-now, focusing on how the therapy relationship can be a vehicle for healing. Other times we sit and feel feelings or concentrate on how the body holds those difficult feelings. I trust my clients' intuition and their ability to grow. It's a collaborative, strengths-based journey where each of us brings our own gifts to the relationship. I use a trauma-informed, feminist, systemic, and postmodern lens to understand my clients’ stories. Those terms may mean lots of different things to different people. To me it means I believe past struggle, systems of oppression, culture, and family/community powerfully impact identity. And the manner in which we share our own story is incredibly meaningful.
My Personal Beliefs and Interests
I trust that my clients are the experts in their own stories, even if the world has tried to tell them otherwise. Sometimes it takes someone like a therapist to hear your story in a new way to help you discover your own values and your own strengths, and I strive to be that person for my clients. It is an honor to walk alongside someone as they begin to recognize their own voice and can boldly be exactly who they are. My guiding principle throughout my own story has been to do what I can to pursue social justice. It has been humbling and educational coming face-to-face with my own biases and privilege. I've learned so much about how culture and power influence who we are as humans. And I've seen mountains of evidence that our need for connection is universal. For this reason, my relationship with each client is the number one factor informing my style as a therapist. That means my approach is different with each of them because every client is unique.