I bring my background in theatre, sex education, and community organizing into my work as a therapist.
Social Worker in Austin, TX
Supervised by Gianna Viola, LCSW-S, CGP
I have several years of individual and group experience with teens and currently work with adolescents and their families through Austin Teen Therapy and through the SAFE Alliance's Expect Respect program. I love the way that working with adolescents means diving head first into identity and family dynamics. I strive to bring creativity and art into the forefront of my work with teens, and to meet them where they are in naming the dynamics at play in their lives.
I love the ways that young people are interested and able to explore gender and sexuality in new and exciting ways, and believe that being an effective therapist means being ready to dive into this exploration with them if and when I am asked. My own identities as a queer and non-binary clinician give me some inherent sense of the struggles that clients may be facing, but I am curious always of the ways that our experiences differ, and the support that clients need to shape their own identities.
Anxiety has been an ever-present symptom with many young people I work with, especially through the struggles of 2020. It seems to show up as both a cultural marker of the institutional and systemic pressure that young people are exposed to, and a personal response to individual stressors. I work with my clients to identify where their anxiety stems from, what it is communicating to them, and to learn strategies to calm their bodily responses.