Queer therapist/human providing psychotherapy for deep feelers and sensitive folx in the LGBTQIA+ Community.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker in San Francisco, CA
Therapy for highly sensitive people (or HSP) can often mean untangling the messages you’ve been told. You’ve heard it so many times, “you’re too sensitive, you need to grow a thicker skin.” As a highly sensitive person you might feel overwhelmed by the world, or feel like there’s something wrong with you. As a highly sensitive person, you don’t have to feel this way. The world is overwhelming, but it doesn’t mean your life has to be overwhelming.
Brainspotting is a powerful tool that can help individuals move through trauma, anxiety, depression, PTSD, stress, limiting beliefs and patterns, and so much more. Through brainspotting I help you identify, process, and release emotional experiences that are keeping you stuck. We can use brainspotting in addition to other therapies, or it can be used on it's own. Feel free to reach out to learn more about what a brainspotting session with me can look like!
Somatic Therapy helps us focus on what is happening in your body and how that relates to what you're feeling. What happens when we give some space to the body that you are experiencing in your body for example - what happens if instead of shoving all these parts of you down we allow them to have a voice. We hold so much in our bodies, and using a somatic lense it helps to support you in releasing some of that.
Holistic therapy looks at all parts of you. It holds the idea that you are a member of a family, you are a member of society, you are a member of a particular culture. Through a holistic lense we can look at how all these different parts intersect to create who you are.
Depression is the monster in the closet that makes you want to hide and to also put on a face to the world of being, "just fine." It's exhausting, isolating, and scary to be in this place. I can help you get out of the initial grips of depression and find ways to identify why these patterns are occurring in your life. I want to help you live a life where depression isn't running the show, and where you are able to live a life that's meaningful to you. It's possible!
I love incorporating mindfulness into my work with folks with help people learn to claim a sense of calm and clarity into their life. There's no right or wrong as to what mindfulness can look like. Sometimes it's looking at what's going on in our bodies, and other times it's noticing how it feels to have our feet on the ground. There a type of mindfulness for everyone and I'd love to help you find what works for you.
Ecotherapy is more than just taking a walk in the woods. It holds the belief and perspective that humans are innately connected and intertwined with nature. What happens in nature and the world inevitably affects us. And so ecotherapy can help reconnect our mind and body to nature while using nature as a means of healing. A lot of people find that they feel better when they remove themselves from the hustle and noise of every day life. For many, nature is where that solace can be found. I can help you harness that feeling of rejuvenation and calm that you may find after a hike on the beach or a walk through the Redwoods and use it as a means of support and healing in our work together. I incorporate mindfulness and somatic, or body-based therapy, into this work as well while conducting sessions either indoors or outdoors. If you think this type of work might be a good fit for you, I encourage you to reach out to learn more!
I work with a lot of folks who are coming to me with anxiety. Anxiety can show up different for a lot of different people, so I like to work with folks to begin to identify what the anxiety looks like and how it is manifesting in your life. From there we can then use tools such as cognitive behavioral therapy or dialectical behavioral therapy to begin challenging these thoughts.
As a queer therapist, I have a deep passion for working with folks who are part of this beautiful and brave community. I understand the impact that intersections of privilege, identity, oppression, understanding of self, and access among other things can have on a person and their wellbeing. I hold the belief that while these identities are important and shape who you are and how you navigate the world, this might not be the main reason you are seeking therapy. I want to help you hold all these identities, contexts, and the impact of "-isms" while exploring what brings you to therapy. My work is body positive, sex positive, and I embrace and understand ethical non-monogamy.
I have experience working in a residential treatment center for teens with eating disorders and have provided individual therapy for folks as part of an outpatient treatment team. I deeply believe that recovery is possible.