About My Clients
I enjoy working with adults who have experienced trauma and want to understand how it impacts their daily experiences. I also love working with people who are discriminated against because of identities they hold, and I recognize that this discrimination impacts every area of life and creates unique challenges. I strive to provide anti-racist and LGBTQIA+ affirming care for all my clients. Ultimately, I work with people who are having a hard time and need some therapeutic support.
My Background and Approach
I came to this work through my own experiences as a client in counseling. Throughout my own counseling I learned to manage difficult emotions, behaviors, relationships, and experiences, and I want to help others do the same. I received my masters in counseling from Seattle University in 2019 and began my career in community mental health before transitioning to a trauma-focused group practice. I have practiced group and individual counseling with adults experiencing anxiety, depression, anger, substance use, violence, trauma, and thoughts of suicide. My goal as counselor is to help you connect with your own strength and inner light, no matter how dim it might feel. I strive to create a safe space for people to explore their inner world without judgment or embarrassment. I approach counseling with humility, compassion, and a little bit of humor. I view you as the expert in your life and use the counseling process to help you gain a deeper understanding of yourself and your world.
My Personal Beliefs and Interests
I believe that healing can be a radically compassionate act which can ripple outward into our communities. I am actively working to decolonize my mind and dismantle white supremacy and patriarchy both internally and externally, and this shows up in every area of my life including my work. I am a strong believer in the wisdom of the self and believe that people have unlimited capacity for growth, healing, knowledge, and love. Most people are doing the best with what they have at any given time, and that is okay! My hope is to provide folks with more support, tools, and understanding so that their best can improve as they grow over time. I often remind my clients that their distressing behaviors developed for a valid reason and serve(d) a protective or functional purpose at one time. Sometimes the circumstances which led to these behaviors can be changed and sometimes they can't, but the effect of these circumstances is possible to change.