Queer and trans therapist here to help you navigate life's challenges and be your best self. Contact me for sliding scale availability info.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker - Candidate in Durham, NC
Supervised by Julie Heustis, LCSW
I am a queer and trans therapist who has extensive experience with LGBTQIA+-affirming practices and providing trainings to other people on LGBTQIA+ issues. I'm excited to support you wherever you are in your journey! I don't think you need to feel pressure to find one identity, or know exactly who you are, or come out to anyone else... it's all up to you. Let's find what makes you feel at home in your body and what helps you enjoy this life!
I am a trans-identified therapist who has extensive experience with trans-affirming practices and enjoys supporting people through exploration of their identity and living into gender euphoria, whatever that means for you.
Anxiety can be an unwelcome guest who shows up and takes over our lives. I am here to support you through learning what can help you feel more like yourself. That might include becoming familiar with your thought patterns and which ones are serving you well or not, or tuning into your body to help it calm and regulate. I want to help you find a place of safety within yourself that allows you to take a deep breath and remember your gratitude for this world.
Humans are innately relational creatures whose thriving largely depends on being in connection with each other. I believe that it is in relationship with each other where we can do our deepest growth and healing, both of ourselves and our communities. You don't have to be alone. Being in relationship also means learning to set healthy boundaries, have agency over our lives, and access vulnerability. The therapeutic space is a great place to practice all of that.
My approach to therapy is that we are all unique and complex beings, and it is rare that one fixed treatment is the right one for everyone all the time. I like to incorporate a variety of styles depending on the client and the situation, and above all I believe you are the expert on your own experience. You already contain the capacity to heal and grow yourself; I am just here to remind you it is there.
Mindfulness often gets portrayed as just taking a deep breath and all your problems will go away. Unfortunately, that's not how it works, and that is dismissive of very real challenges in our lives and forces acting on us. I do believe, however, that engaging in mindfulness practices can allow us greater freedom and intentionality in how we respond to the world. We can start by just noticing what is happening for you in the moment with compassion and curiosity.
Being in relationship to each other is central to our experience as human beings, but it can be hard! If you’re struggling to feel a sense of connection to your partner, relationship therapy can help you get back to feeling like you’re on the same team again. I especially love working with nontraditional relationships and couples where one or more partners are LGBTQIA+ and/or neurodivergent.
I can help if your connection to your partner is strained because you're not in the same places you were at the start of your relationship, or you are struggling to figure out the next right steps to create the life you want. We often get stuck in cycles of communication challenges and disconnection, where one partner may be activated and the other may be shut down. You don't have to keep living in that loop! I can help you get back to feeling like you’re on the same team again.