About My Clients
First, let me honor your powerful first step connecting with a therapist. I believe we are partners on this path, so I endeavor to eliminate any power differential in our therapeutic relationship. We explore biopsychosocial and multicultural origins while examining what is underneath your feelings, your relationships with important people in your life, survival strategies you’ve used that helped/didn’t help, and where you would like to go to develop deeper meaning and grater purpose.
My Background and Approach
I am advocate for the LGBTQ+ community and developed a Gender Inclusive Counseling™ model during my graduate program at Northwestern University. I educate mental health providers about gender expansive and non-binary populations to increase affirming and inclusive mental health support for all people. My theoretical orientation is predominantly psychodynamic focusing on the therapeutic relationship, defense processes, important relationships in the client's life, and unconscious dynamics. I incorporate existential philosophies to explore meaning and purpose, draw from a person-centered approach that respects each person's unique lived experience, and bring a feminist perspective, which is to say that I strive to explore multicultural group identities, honor equality, and inclusion, and examine oppression and discrimination in our work.
My Personal Beliefs and Interests
I defer to your expertise of your experience and act as a guide and a mirror. If it sounds like you are aligned with my approach, please contact me so we schedule a time to talk. If you have further questions, I am available to connect. Thank you and best wishes on your therapeutic journey!