I focus on building a trusting relationship where every part of you can feel safe and welcomed. I am a trans therapist who is HAES-aligned.
Associate Clinical Social Worker in Long Beach, CA
Supervised by Erica Folinsky, LCSW
I am a trans person myself with over 15 years of involvement in trans communities. I provide gender-affirming care to trans, non-binary, questioning, gender non-conforming, intersex, agender, and genderqueer people at every stage of life. I am here for the person who transitioned decades ago and never wants to talk about it again, and for the person who just spoke their truth out loud for the very first time. I believe gender-affirming care is about truly listening to each individual.
I specialize in working with trans, non-binary, and queer people with eating disorders. I also have over a decade of involvement in the HAES (Health at Every Size) and fat liberation movements. I approach eating disorder recovery from a trauma-informed perspective with a focus on somatic awareness and intuitive eating. I'm sensitive to the fact that many individuals with eating disorders have suffered medical/psychiatric abuse or neglect when seeking treatment.
Trauma survivors are the core of my practice. I believe that survivors are incredibly resilient, resourceful, and capable of healing. As a survivor myself, I don’t shy away from difficult topics, but I take the time to follow your lead to a starting point that feels safe. Trauma can leave you feeling fragmented, with parts of your inner self living in conflict with each other. You deserve to know that every part of you is welcome here and invited to be part of the healing and growing process.
You are the expert on your own life. My job is to be of service by collaborating with you to achieve your personal goals. Being a person-centered therapist means I believe that you have an innate strength, resilience, and resourcefulness that provide the foundation for growth and healing. Healthcare environments can often perpetuate an uneven power dynamic between clinician/client that I strive to address and subvert in our therapeutic relationship.
I believe that therapy is not one-size-fits-all. I respond to each individual case by drawing from and integrating modalities that meet your unique needs. While my work is always strengths-based, person-centered, and trauma-informed, I use techniques from various therapeutic practices in order to provide care that is individualized.
I often hear clients say things like “It was no big deal, I should be over it by now” or “Other people went through worse things, this shouldn’t affect me so much.” Traumatic and aversive experiences can have deep lasting impacts on our lives. They can fundamentally alter the way we view relationships, ourselves, and even life itself. Trauma-informed therapy is important because it provides a pathway to healing that doesn’t require you to pathologize your sane responses to insane circumstances.