Hi! I'm a poly, queer, and kinky therapist who enjoys supporting other members of these communities around a diverse range of issues.
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in ,
I approach anxiety from a unique perspective that blends cognitive neuroscience and existential philosophy. We'll learn about ways to increase your ability to regulate your nervous system through mindfulness practices while also talking about "big" issues in your life.
I approach my work with LGBTQ+ folx with the understanding that these identities may have wide-ranging influences on one's presenting symptoms from being the focal point of what is going on to having very little or no impact. I work to explore LGBTQ+ issues and identites with folx from an ecological perspective, where we consider how these identities are impacted by and manifest at varying levels within ourselves, relationships, community, and wider culture.
I have been working with those who have experienced trauma for the duration of my career and typically work from a "bottom-up" approach with clients. I with the body and processing sensations, emotions, and images rather than "top-down" approaches such as CBT which aim to alter these through changing your thoughts.
I approach my work with LGBTQ+ folx with the understanding that these identities may have wide-ranging influences on one's presenting symptoms from being the focal point of what is going on to having very little impact. I work to explore LGBTQ+ issues and identites with folx from an ecological perspective, where we consider how these identities are impacted by and manifest at varying levels within ourselves, relationships, community, and wider culture.
I have a long-held interest in working in the area of spirituality and enjoy working with clients who are well-established in their own spiritual journeys or those who may have trouble connecting with this part of their lives for varying reasons.
I adopt a sex-positive outlook and understand that folx who fall in this group may be hesitant to bring up these aspects of themselves out of fear of being pathologized and in some cases, have even been harmed by previous therapists when addressing this topic. If you are a lifestyler or just getting curious, I'm more than willing to explore these areas with you and discuss how these practices relate to your life, relationships, interests, and ways to find community within them.
In my work with LGBTQ+ individuals and other folks, I've all too often encountered their experiences of spiritual abuse and religious trauma. I work with these clients towards exploring the harm caused by these types of experiences, which is often deeply impactful and alienating. I support these clients in a recovery process at their own pace and believe that re-connecting to spirituality in a personally meaningful way is important in reclaiming their sense of self-worth and autonomy.
I've dedicated most of my career to supporting the LGBTQ community. I have experience in supporting clients in the 'coming-out' process at all stages of life as well as assisting clients who've experienced trauma, abuse, and alienation from others in relation to their identity, including from within the LGBTQ community itself. I understand that not LGBTQ clients experience 'issues' in this area and may simply be seeking a therapist who 'gets it' a bit more than someone outside the community.
I help clients in poly and open relationships by supporting them as they develop a greater sense of self through relationships with others. In my work with poly clients, we explore personal needs and how they are(n't) met and consider ways that these relationships can be structured.