Sometimes life can be really brutal, so let's talk about it! I'm here to help you process all that life throws at you and find your way.
Licensed Professional Counselor in Houston, TX
Self-esteem is based upon how we view ourselves. As an Existential Humanistic Therapist, I bring a focus on authenticity and self-exploration to the therapy relationship. My job is to help you figure out who you really are underneath all of the masks you have donned in response to societal and social pressures throughout your life. Once you have a firm understanding of your authentic self, then we can help you learn to love and appreciate who you are. Your true self is your best self!
The LGBTQ+ population is such a diverse group with wildly different needs and concerns that come up in counseling. However, the most common factor across all of the issues is shame. Hetero and cisnormativity create a world where people who do not fit a specific example of humanity are considered different and "other." Diversity is what makes humanity so beautiful and fascinating. I believe in helping others learn to honor their diversity and be proud of their authentic selves.
The teenage years are those that we look back on for the rest of our lives; many with pride and happiness, but many with sadness and shame. During adolescence we go through crucial development that shapes who we become as adults. As teens start testing the boundaries and exploring who they are as people, having a third party (non-parent) that they can rely upon for a safe space for exploration allows for healthy development into a healthy and independent young adult.
My basis for how I see humanity and change is Existential Therapy. I believe in the importance of authentic living and development of a strong sense of self. When we live inauthentically due to pressures from culture, family, and friends, the disconnect can develop into anxiety, depression, anger, and other issues that impact our daily lives. Existential Therapy is the backdrop to all of my counseling, but I then bring in various techniques and other theory to meet specific client needs.