I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor n Phoenix, AZ. I specialize in LGBTQ+ youth, teen/adult neurodivergency and marginalized communities.
Licensed Professional Counselor in Phoenix, AZ
I have worked with clients who experience anxiety since my earliest days in the field. I have extensive training in managing anxiety through trauma-informed Dialectical Behavioral Therapy skills, Exposure and Response Prevention, and mindfulness.
I believe that depression (and anxiety, and addiction) come from our genetics as well as experiences. I am extensively trained in trauma-informed Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, EMDR and mindfulness and believe that healing takes place in the context of a trusting, empathetic environment.
My core passion is working with LGBTQ+ folx, particularly youth. I identify as femme/non-binary and am Safe-Space trained. I continually seek out opportunities to support, learn from and educate myself about the needs and realities of the Queer community.
Narrative therapy is the center from which all my work flows. I help people identify their own values, strengths and skills. This changes the shame-based narratives that keep us stuck, and leads to new ways of thinking about and solving problems.
The best predictor of success in counseling is the relationship between client and therapist. I pour my energy into hearing, understanding and respecting my clients, believing what they tell me, and checking in to ensure the space we share is safe and supportive. We build relational skills that clients then take into their own relationships outside of therapy, enriching their support networks to ensure success is sustained.
Not your mom’s CBT - we’ve come a long way! Instead of “correcting”thoughts (cognition) and simply changing behaviors, I work with clients on uncovering deep beliefs (thoughts) that may not be rooted in their own truth - but perhaps come from shitty family narratives (stories), societal expectations, misogyny, homophobia, racism, on and on. If it doesn’t fit with your values, out it goes. How can we start living (behaving) in ways that match these core values? That is the true work of therapy.