“Through my work and personal experiences, I have created a therapy practice that is rooted in social justice and celebrates neurodiversity.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have spent most of my social work career in non-clinic settings, such as hospitals, residential facilities, medical detoxes, outpatient treatment programs, shelters, schools, and homes, which has helped me gain unique insight into how mental health struggles play out in the real world and intersect with complex social and environmental realities. I have been intentional in my career journey to gain competence by working with diverse populations on a variety of issues, such as substance abuse, eating disorders, self-harm and suicidality, serious emotional disturbances, poverty and homelessness, LGBTQIA+ oppression and identity exploration, and gender-based violence. Through my work and personal experiences, I have created a therapy practice that is rooted in social justice and celebrates neurodiversity. I want to empower people to take control of their mental health and find an increased sense of self-worth and self-love. I believe all people can benefit from therapy.
What should someone know about working with you?
Therapy is an active process. It will require you to notice new things, try out new perspectives and skills, develop new insights, and explore new boundaries. It can be playful and fun but it is also work. I want you to have compassion for yourself and where you are (and also where you are not!), but the ultimate aim of therapy is to make changes and meet your goals. If we decide to work together, I commit to showing up for you and making our sessions safe and affirming but I cannot do therapy to you; I can only do it with you. I hope that you show up for yourself too. You deserve it!
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
Historically, psychotherapy has been inaccessible to the majority of the population and has been conducted in settings that were, let’s be real here, pretentious and cold. Decades of work to make the process more down-to-earth and human, as well as tons of research into innovative interventions and creative practice approaches, have made therapy really come alive. Practitioners now embrace a range of complex experiences beyond just health and disorder and are growing more culturally-competent, which is bringing many people to therapy who may have at one time thought it wasn’t for them. I am excited to be a part of this dynamic therapeutic climate and to continue work to reduce mental health stigma and normalize seeking help.
“I want to empower people to take control of their mental health and find an increased sense of self-worth and self-love.”