I am a mental health clinician specializing in depression and trauma treatment, LGBTQIA+ care, and relationship support.
Associate Clinical Social Worker in , CA
Supervised by Thomas Lucking PhD, NPI #1306360664
In graduate school and ongoing, I've studied and practiced therapies supportive of the LGBTQIA+ community including Gay-Affirmative Therapy, CBT for the LGBTQIA+ Community , Queer/Trans Resilience, and support, including letter-writing, for gender affirmation surgeries. Combatting the epidemic of suicide in the Trans community is among my highest priorities as a therapist and as a human being.
Those who engage in non-mainstream relationships sometimes face special difficulties and challenges that many therapists are either untrained or inexperienced in addressing. Through both education and experience, I am knowledgeable about poly/ENM/open relationships, and I have experience working with diverse relationship groupings and the unique (and non-unique!) issues and conflicts that arise therein.
Nearly 1 in 10 adults in the U.S. currently are experiencing depression. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) alone can help to improve depressive symptoms by up to 65%. Together, we will explore the nature of your depression and its impact, and we will work together using CBT and/or other modalities to help you feel better. With over ten years of experience volunteering in crisis counseling before becoming a therapist, I seek to reach and help you to combat depression before it becomes a crisis.
As the most widely studied and empirically-validated therapy modality, CBT is the gold-standard of treatment for a wide variety of mental health concerns. Using CBT tools, we work together to identify and change thinking and behavior patterns that are harmful or ineffective, and then we replace those patterns with more accurate, adaptive, and functional thoughts and behaviors. I am most heavily trained in CBT and use it as my front-line method because I've seen its efficacy in improving lives.
Eclectic therapy is a multi-modal approach to therapy that acknowledges the unique treatment needs of each individual. There is no "one size fits all" in therapy! Even though I often start with CBT tools, I also draw from DBT, EFT, EMDR, art therapies, and more in order to meet a client's (or clients') specific needs. I especially believe in blending cognitive and somatic therapy techniques to support the healing of the mind-body connection. I use an eclectic approach with all of my clients.