The "Alternative" Therapist: a mindful LGTBQ+ Feminist helping those who feel like they don't belong in today's "normative" society.
Counselor in Frederick, MD
Internal Family Systems is by far my favorite approach to therapy. By getting to know your inner parts and how they function as a system influencing your behavior and emotions, you can gain harmony and mastery of your self! I have attended training with the creator of IFS, Richard Schwartz, and have been using IFS with clients for over two years. Together, we will use a variety of expressive modalities, narrative therapy, and mindfulness to get to the root of your inner protectors and exiles.
I was EMDR trained by EMDRIA approved consultant Rachel Harrison, LCPC, NCC of Trauma Specialists of Maryland. I've worked with dozens of clients seeking EMDR treatment, and have found it particularlypowerful pairing it with IFS and Mindfulness to create a holistic body, mind, and emotional connection.
There is more to mindfulness than it appears at a glance. Certainly, the breath and body create an important conduit to being in the present moment and reducing anxiety, but through mindfulness practices and mindsets, we discover just how much life we are not living. I am certified in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, have participated in an experiential workshop through the Mindfulness Center of Bethesda, and attended trainings with the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence.
I worked with a non-profit agency serving survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse/assault for over three years before branching into private practice as a trauma specialist. In addition to helping clients, I've also served the community by offering training on the LGBTQIA2+ community and how they are uniquely impacted by abuse.
You are tired of your relationships not going the way you want. Your boundaries get pushed and tested, constantly left wondering if there is something more you could do or shouldn't have done so things wouldn't be so hard. I have walked the poly path personally and understand the unique challenges this lifestyle presents. I help clients who are curious about polyamory and open relationships explore their motives for these lifestyles, offer resources and education, and plan boundaries.
As a LGBTQIA2+ identifying person myself, I have personally seen how ignorant some people can be of the issues faced by members of this community. I have teamed with local LGBTQ+ agencies to create therapy groups for clients who have had no access to inclusive services. In addition, I teach out in the community about specific challenges faced by LGBTQ+ identifying individuals.
Get those feelings out there! I enjoy using expressive modalities from narrative, to sandtray, to art. Whatever moves you to share your feelings or get them out in a way that feels more inviting and less threatening! Expressive modalities are a creative way to approach deep content from another angle in a safe, contained way.