Based on Tongva Land (Los Angeles, CA) Online and Phone Psychotherapy for California & Washington State. Consultation for people everywhere.
Licensed Professional Counselor in Culver City, CA
I have primarily worked with all LGBTQIA+ adults, couples, relationships, families, and youth since 2017. I have attended LGBTQIA+ focused trainings, including for gender affirming care, gender identity and "DID", intimate partner violence, eating disorders, and more. While I am queer and nonbinary/trans, and this is my community, I am also clear that my personal experiences do not substitute for honoring each person's unique life and experience.
Balance is a state of adjusting to what is, fluid and in motion. Life is all kinds of change and things we had no idea could happen or happens differently than we had expected. Navigating change, reorienting, feeling grounded and supported, are ways to adjust to chosen or involuntary changes. Who am I? Where am I? What do I want? What do I feel? How do I want to be responding to this? How can I be supported in this by myself and others?
"Because you are alive, everything is possible" Thich Nhat Hanh- is a quote I had for my email signature for a long time. I think holding this sentiment with the framework of intersectionality is more of how I am oriented now as a person and therapist, but I don't have a short quote about that to use here yet.
Your body, mind, and self (or consciousness, soul or spirit) are all a part of being human living on this Earth. Each of these aspects has information for you. Often we can become experts at listening to one aspect more than the others. Psychotherapy is a chance to pay attention to what else is happening for you, learn new ways to support all of you, listen to your own wisdom and the wisdom of the world around you, and follow the inner healer within you.
Harm happens in relationship, and healing happens in relationship. We often carry our past relationships into our current ones, even if we're not aware of it at first. In psychotherapy, we will tend to the truth of the relationship, and together, welcome all it brings up for you. Healing happens not just in you telling stories, but in the ways we recognize how those stories impact each of us in the moment.
Each of us has the parts of ourselves that we are aware of, and all the parts we have hidden away. Often these parts are in conflict, trying to keep us safe and get our needs met. In psychotherapy, we pay attention in the moment to what is happening for you. Using the process, we will creatively co-create opportunities to hear and connect to the other parts of yourself, to allow your fuller self to emerge and create new meaning for your life.