“In our sessions, my clients should expect warmth, compassion, curiosity, and candor.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My decision to become a therapist and a licensed clinical social worker was influenced by my passion for mental health advocacy, dedication to social justice, lived experiences in therapy, and interest in supporting others. With experience in private practice, community-based mental health clinics, and a hospital psychiatry department, I’ve had the opportunity to work with people of different racial, ethnic, religious, sexual, gender, and physical ability identities. I have specialized experience working with LGBTQ+ adults and adolescents and in the areas of anxiety management, healing from trauma, life transitions, and improving relationships.
What should someone know about working with you?
In my practice, I utilize a collaborative therapeutic approach to support my clients in identifying, exploring, and transforming their roadblocks, patterns, and belief systems. Specifically, I practice from an integrated therapeutic approach, which means that we will both reflect upon past experiences and incorporate goal-oriented behavioral interventions to improve the relationship to self. My objective is to create a safe, affirming, and motivating environment for my clients. In our sessions, my clients should expect warmth, compassion, curiosity, and candor. Also, as a queer-identifying clinician, I’m passionate about serving LGBTQ+ community members.
What are some examples of challenges that clients typically seek support for?
A primary part of therapy involves exploring and distilling clear therapeutic goals. I work with each client to identify these goals and by building upon existing strengths, clients learn how to move toward emotional growth and long-term change. Common themes that emerge in my work include the following: Identifying triggers and strategies to manage the subsequent anxiety; learning to cope with depressive symptoms, including suicidal thoughts and self-harm behaviors; processing trauma, grief, and loss; addressing relationship challenges; preparing for and moving through life transitions (school, career, or relationship-related); improving self-esteem; and building resilience. With LGBTQ+ clients, we often address the intersection of these goals along with gender and sexual orientation exploration, coming out, gender transition, processing experiences of systemic oppression related to stigma and bias, experiences within alternative relationships, living with HIV/AIDS, or parenting LGBTQ+ youth.
“Also, as a queer-identifying clinician, I’m passionate about serving LGBTQ+ community members.”