Everyone deserves equal economic, political and social rights and opportunities; my counseling work is my way of upholding that truth.
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Lakewood, OH
I received in-depth academic and experiential training in Person-Centered (Rogerian) Therapy throughout my graduate program at Cleveland State, and used that approach almost exclusively during my 700-hour graduate internship.
My expertise in the area of LGBTQ+ issues comes primarily from being a member of the community myself. I have experience with the process of coming out (from my own perspective) as well as with the phenomenon of bi erasure, in general as well as by the LGBTQ+ community specifically. (During college, I was openly accused by members of the undergraduate "Gay, Lesbian, and Allied Student Association" of being in a relationship with a heterosexual cisgender male solely for the purpose of "passing".)
I have been studying the effects and potential causes of low self-esteem since the age of 14, when I completed a project examining the systemic problem of decreasing self-esteem in grade-school aged girls in the areas of math and science across age groups, and proposing multiple possible sources of this occurrence. More recently, in my clinical work I have facilitated a women's group intended to raise individual participants' self-esteem and to create a sense of community within the group.
I was raised as a feminist by a feminist; my first social justice action (at age 14) was a march and rally with my mother and many of her college classmates, organized to call attention to the need for better lighting in the student parking deck after two female students were assaulted there within a month. In my clinical work, I have helped many female clients to overcome codependency, increase self-esteem, work through past rape trauma, and escape abusive relationships.
I began leaning into Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) techniques and methods while still in agency work in 2021, and continue using ACT successfully with clients in my current private practice. To date, I have received nearly 50 hours of training via books and video lessons (both live and asynchronous), along with many uncounted hours of experiential learning over the course of nearly two years in my private practice.