I help people who worry that they are broken feel capable of handling distress by addressing trauma in a judgement-free environment.
Clinical Social Worker in Vienna, VA
Poly, ENM, CNM individuals, couples+ and those that have been surprised by their partner's desire to be poly, will find affirming care in my therapy room. Beyond this, also kink, swinging, and other forms of adult sexual practices often defined as outside of "conventional"
Anyone who has experienced trauma will find trauma-informed care with me, whether a PTSD label fits or not. You may have felt alone, and we will work together to mitigate the lasting impacts of trauma. This can include relationship distress and trauma, including abuse, MPE (misattributed parental experience), catfishing, ghosting, online dating trauma, and more.
I am LGBTQIA+ affirming, and attend regular continuing education trainings, and have a caseload that is majority LGBTQIA+. I see adolescents and adults who are trans as well, accompanying them on the path to gender affirming medical care. I support family members as well.
I provide counseling to couples (and larger poly systems) needing a supportive and neutral voice to assist in communication, injury healing, and unhealthy dynamics
Knowing what we feel, how to name it, and where we feel it in our bodies makes us far wiser than when we feel our emotions take over uncontrollably. This may feel impossible to imagine, this may feel "hokey", yet our bodies send us signs and signal us just as basically as "butterflies in our stomach" or "hair standing up on our arms" signals us.
During situations of extreme stress, our mind creates beliefs and patterns that then impact how we behave moving forward. Psychodynamic therapy helps us identify and unpack those beliefs and file them in our brains in healthy ways.
Increasing our self-awareness of our emotions and what they are telling us allows us greater freedom to experience life and live comfortably in our bodies.
Attachment-based therapy allows a patient to pinpoint life experiences in early life that have led to thoughts, feelings, communications, behaviors, and relationship struggles that a patient used strategically to get through life, but are not helping one function any longer.