I help people with gender and sexuality issues, heal from trauma, and inhabiting the genuine self. Morning and early afternoon availability
Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA
Supervised by David F. Khalili, MA
I love working with folx who are exploring gender identity. Exploring gender roles and how they sit with you is something that I do with all of my clients. I have been trained in gender affirming care and I am happy to provide supportive documentation needed for social or medical transition, and strive to minimize challenges related to navigating the gatekeeping inherent in insurance and medical systems.
I am a survivor and have specialized training in working with survivors of sexual assault and intimate partner violence. When I was certified as a rape crisis counselor, I supported survivors through crisis, and dealing with the medical and justice systems. I have worked with a large number of survivors in groups, individual therapy, and couples work. My goal in addressing your sexual trauma is to help you move toward empowerment, which informs how you are in relationships and the world.
As someone who has lived experience in conscious non-monogamy I always knew that this was an issue that I wanted to support clients through. Polyamorous and Open Relationships are valid forms of relationships, but they only work when you put the work in to understand why you're drawn to it and communicate with your partners effectively. Working in relationships I utilize EFT, Gottman level 1, and Developmental Model (attachment and relationship stage based).
We bring our histories, insecurities, and hidden desires into our relationships. If you are feeling disconnected from your partner(s), I can help you to work together and start communicating from a place of deeper intimacy and connection. I utilize EFT, Gottman, and the developmental model of relationships in my work with couples.
I believe that a large part of the angst that people struggle with has to do with the rules and roles that society puts on us. Change happens through examining how you view yourself in contrast to the narrative that the dominant society has set for you. These roles are often extremely limiting, and often fundamentally traumatizing. Through an egalitarian therapeutic relationship, I work to empower clients to do the work to figure out who you truly are and what type of life you want.
Working with trauma requires an eclectic approach-- there are many types of trauma, and many types of survivors, so one approach won't fit everyone. Together we will work together to find what tools work to stabilize your nervous system, how you best process your experiences, and strategies to build your solid, healthy sense of self. As a survivor, I know what it feels like to process and heal trauma, and I work hard to ensure that our work feels safe, and that we go at your pace.