About My Clients
I tend to connect with teenagers who may have felt like previous therapists and/or adults in their lives have not understood them or met them where they needed to be met. I come to my work with a lot of curiosity and will always wonder what lessons you may have learned from family, school, and institutions that may be keeping you from fully unfurling and moving through the world in the ways you want to.
My Background and Approach
I received my Masters in Social Work at Smith College in Massachusetts and have been trained to approach my work through a psychodynamic lens. This means that I will always be on board to unravel inherited stories about your family and yourself, and that I believe that your brain and body have everything you need to heal already within them. My field work and training have brought me to Oakland, Chicago, and Austin and I have used hip hop, art, and play in my work with teens and their families for the last several years. As a queer and non-binary identified therapist, I have an inherent understanding of the difficulty that can (sometimes) come with navigating sexuality and gender feelings as an adolescent. I have a background in anti-racist organizing and sexuality education and believe that naming systems like white supremacy, patriarchy, colonialism and fatphobia, among others, can be a big step towards integration and healing.
My Personal Beliefs and Interests
I believe that all people have the right to healing, justice, representation, and love. These are simple concepts, but just not abundantly available for so many of us. I see work in the field of mental health as inherently political as the root of so much that pains us is politically and culturally inflicted. My goal is to help my clients name what systems, institutions, people, and experiences have coalesced to create their current struggles and, through this naming, to empower them to seek support and change.