“The narratives of my clients keep me connected to the voices that need to be heard the most, invigorating me to continue to advocate for equal and equitable human rights for all.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
As a young person, I set out to work in the field of forensic psychology. Both the direct and indirect aspects of my professional experiences in the field of social work have afforded me a happy medium. Over the last decade, I have been involved in the fight against sexual violence with a focus on domestic minor sex trafficking and the commercial sexual exploitation of children. I have utilized coalition building, prevention education, community awareness, and policy/advocacy and had the pleasure of partnering with many schools, universities, and professional agencies to provide education and trauma-informed practices when working with survivors of sexual violence. The narratives of my clients keep me connected to the voices that need to be heard the most, invigorating me to continue to advocate for equal and equitable human rights for all.
What should someone know about working with you?
As a relatable clinical social worker, advocate, and human being, I believe clients heal most effectively when treated as a whole person and not as their diagnosis. It is challenging to find the right therapist! I have been there too. I believe you are the expert when it comes to your lived experiences, and I recognize that every individual is unique and there is no one-size-fits-all approach to healing. Characterized by humor, sass, curiosity, and vivacity, my therapeutic style is directive but patient, honest, and kind. My practice suits those who are looking to be supported as they deepen their understanding of themselves, each other, and their world. Collaboratively, we will build a safe, authentic, and restorative environment. I believe in flexible scheduling, alternating modalities based on your needs, and honest feedback.
Have you done any research-based work that you found particularly exciting? How does it inform your practice today?
After significant time in practice with survivors of sexual violence, I started to ask myself, “What are we going to do about men?” Many men live in a culture that denies them emotional freedom and labels them from an early age as the natural aggressors. Because of this, I took a deep dive into the research around masculinity, exploring how to be a man in the modern world while also exploring how being a man has evolved. My practice is built to be empathetic, inclusive, and adaptable to men, whether it’s men who are survivors or men who want to do better and just don’t know how because they have never been given the opportunity due to stagnant and outdated gender roles.
Tell your clients something human about you:
Contrary to popular perception, therapists are human too! Outside of the analytical space, my time is best spent with my fiancé, in my Jeep, and at Target. I recently traveled to Vienna just to visit the Sigmund Freud museum and probably own the 2021 version of his infamous sweater. When I’m not in session, you will definitely find me drinking way too much coffee, out in the sun, attempting to cook, and procrastinating on writing papers for my doctorate program.
“As a relatable clinical social worker, advocate, and human being, I believe clients heal most effectively when treated as a whole person and not as their diagnosis.”