“I have felt drawn to use my natural empathy, listening skills, and calming presence to support others since working as a peer counselor in college over 30 years ago.”
What should someone know about working with you?
I am ultimately a client-centered therapist, and I see my role as co-creating a collaborative environment in which I help you clarify your thoughts and feelings and identify limiting core beliefs. During our intake, we will outline goals together and explore the question, "What would your life look like if therapy were successful?" I believe that part of the work in therapy is taking interpersonal risks outside of the clinical space that challenge your views about yourself and the world. I use a combination of treatment approaches to unearth your unconscious, challenge your thought patterns, and help you become more mindful and grounded. I am LGBTQ-affirmative, poly-affirmative, and kink-affirmative and committed to antiracism in my work. I actively participate in peer groups and training in these areas. I work exclusively with adult individuals.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I have participated in numerous trainings in the realm of sex therapy, gender, kink, and out of control sexual behavior. This deep exploration has provided me with a grounded understanding of both traditional and alternative sexuality and relationship styles and the related struggles that can arise. I am currently studying Internal Family Systems, an approach that explores the roles of various subpersonalities (or parts) in an individual's psyche. I also have a long-time interest in the use of mindfulness and somatic awareness in psychotherapy.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I am committed to creating a space free of bias and judgment, and I subscribe to the philosophy, "Do what you will, so long as it harms none." I believe adults have the ability to take ownership of their needs and should have the right to freely express themselves — in their sexuality and relationships as well as in their work, spiritual, and creative lives — as long as they do so in an ethical manner. As a psychotherapist, I am attuned to how these existential concerns play out in our daily lives.
“In 2018, I developed my psychotherapy private practice and now specialize in helping adult individuals overcome limiting belief systems and better connect to their feelings to help them find more fulfillment in their lives and relationships.”