“I'm a warm and affirming person who believes that the possibility of healing and wholeness exists in every person in a manner that works for them”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I'm a warm and affirming person who believes that the possibility of healing and wholeness exists in every person in a manner that works for them. After working on a college mental health crisis response team, I was inspired to develop my strengths by enrolling in an MSW program. I have previously worked at an outpatient mental health clinic and at a community center for older adults where I had rigorous hands-on experience working with individuals aged 8-90 who held a wide range of identities. While I specialize in working with people with hoarding disorder and people at different points of understanding their LGBTQIA+ identities, my practice is an open space for individuals seeking a compassionate ear and grounded, practical steps on their wellness journey. As I continue my growth as a therapist, I will be centering the mind-body connection, specifically integrating somatic techniques into my practice.
What should someone know about working with you?
I offer a warm, calming presence and can adapt to meet your therapeutic needs. Our beginning sessions will be focused on building trust while I get to know you as a whole person. Our work together will be collaborative and I will provide more or less structure as it is helpful in your process. Rather than assigning homework, I encourage those I work with to experiment between sessions and I provide support as we explore what experiments might be of most benefit. I frequently incorporate mindfulness techniques into clinical work. I enjoy working with people who are open to the growth that can occur in the space between safety and discomfort and those who bring their open and full self to the therapeutic process. As a nonbinary trans person, it is an honor to support people on gender journeys knowing that each person's journey and experience is unique. I am also skilled in supporting people for whom spirituality or religion plays a part in their lived experience.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
I believe that healing from experienced and ancestral traumas is a part of every person's lived experience and that, through a collective effort, we contribute to healing our world. Offering a space for therapy is one way that I participate in this work. Systems of oppression actively complicate and hinder our ability to heal and thrive. For this reason, I also work as a community organizer and encourage those I work with to connect with others to affirm the notion that external forces can be major factors in the mental health experience.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
Everything is interconnected and I am grateful that the mental health landscape recognizes this. Healing cannot usually occur through talk therapy alone and I am excited to learn more about somatic techniques and happy to collaborate with your other care providers as you would like me to do so. I am also grateful that mental health practitioners, and especially white mental health practitioners, are recognizing more and more the toll that systemic racism and oppression take on the mental health of people of color and other oppressed people in our society.
“While I specialize in working with people with hoarding disorder and people at different points of understanding their LGBTQIA+ identities, my practice is an open space for individuals seeking a compassionate ear and grounded, practical steps on their wellness journey.”