About My Clients
My clients are adults struggling with sexual issues*, body image, stress, deconstruction from religion, cancer, sexual assault, and life transitions such as young adulthood and menopause. Each person is unique, so I work with each client to create a custom treatment plan to fit their goals. (*libido, sexual identity, out of control sexual behavior, desire discrepancy in relationship, and pelvic pain)
My Background and Approach
I believe therapy is a collaborative relationship, in which I provide support to my clients as they work to uncover their own life wisdom. The approach I take with each client is unique to that client's needs. In addition to talk therapy, I incorporate education, mindfulness, movement, breathing exercises, art therapy, and EMDR in my sessions where appropriate. *I am a cancer survivor, so I have both personal and professional training in the issues a cancer diagnosis can have on family, sexuality, body image, and the trauma that diagnosis/treatment can cause. *I am a certified sex therapist with AASECT. I am a sex positive, affirming clinician with advanced training in sexual behaviors and issues. *I have worked with many clients who are deconstructing from fundamental religions, and am aware of the issues which can arise in that process, including: belonging, sexuality, and image of self.
Why I Became a Therapist
I believe we did not come here to suffer and die. Some of us have a tremendous amount of hard times in life, and that can leave us feeling like suffering is all there is. But that's not true. Together, we can uncover some joy for you. I believe pleasure is a basic human right, and pleasure does not just mean sex. But it certainly can. I am passionate about access to sexual health education, being sex positive and LGBTQIA+ affirming, and I love working with clients to explore their sexual selves. (I do not touch or engage in sex with clients) I believe in your innate wisdom. If you think you cannot access it, or that it's non-existent, I am up to the challenge of helping you find and cultivate it. I believe that shame keeps us from giving up things that aren't working for us, and that building self compassion through self understanding is the antidote. I believe in health at every size. Every body deserves love, respect, peace with food, joyful movement.