A non-traditional therapist for clients with non-traditional needs. I specialize in harm reduction, LGBTQ+ affirmative & narrative therapy.
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Longwood, FL
If you've been struggling with suicidal thoughts, they may have convinced you that you're worthless or that your loved ones would be better without you. You might be feeling lost. These thoughts may have stolen your values, motives, or dreams that you had for your life. You may want to reach out for help but you don't have much faith that it will work. I offer a safe space to share about suicidal thoughts and self-harm in which your autonomy is centered.
Traditional therapists can be quick to label your thoughts and behaviors as "irrational" or "disordered," but for some, these thoughts and behaviors are survival tools in an unsafe world. For gender expansive, incarcerated, houseless, disabled, BIPOC and queer folks, changes may be wanted, but not all of them are under our control. My narrative approach to therapy creates opportunities to explore dominant cultural ideas and to build on your held values and beliefs, rather than tear them down.
You deserve a therapist that can provide radical acceptance, gender-affirming and sex-positive care. Whether you are navigating the healthcare system, exploring your identity, or dealing with relational conflict, a safe and trusted therapeutic relationship is essential to growth. I trust you as the expert in your own experiences, identity, and choices but also recognize that it is not your responsibility to teach me about the LGBTQ+ community.
Narrative therapy seeks to be a respectful, non-blaming approach to counseling which places people as the experts in their own lives. It views problems as separate from people and assumes people have many skills, competencies, beliefs, values, commitments and abilities that will assist them to reduce the influence of problems in their lives.
Harm reduction is a set of practical strategies and ideas aimed at reducing negative consequences associated with drug use, sex work and sexual activity. This approach does not encourage or require sobriety, abstinence, or the discontinuation of sex work but, instead, places quality of individual and community well-being as the criteria for successful interventions and policies.