My Approach to Helping
I had the honor of serving as the director of the counseling center at Columbus College of Art & Design for 10 years before moving into private practice. I especially enjoy working with artists and creatives, queer folks, transgender and non-binary folks, and neurodiverse folks. Working together will be at its best if you are open to giving me feedback, can laugh with me, are interested in some intensity and challenge (coupled with genuine care and support), and are are comfortable with the maybe more than occasional swear word. I am happy to work with you whether you are highly motivated for therapy or you are doubting that therapy will actually work for you.
I'm a flexible, trauma-focused therapist, and and can integrate a variety of approaches, depending on your individual needs. My orientation is that gaining understanding of ourselves is essential in helping us access more self-compassion, rest, freedom, and options in our lives. I believe in folks’ own natural and innate ability to learn, shift, grow, and heal, and I see myself as a guide or partner in the process of therapy. I cannot "fix" anybody. I can work with a wide range of concerns, but some of the treatment areas I've focused on most include PTSD, complex trauma, sexual violence, childhood abuse, dissociation, anxiety and panic, depression, and relationship concerns. I do tend to focus on linking past experiences with current patterns, but I will not force you into doing or talking about things you do not want to. I am EMDR trained and yoga certified.
Trust, respect, collaboration, and humor are essential in the therapeutic relationship. I do my very best to move with humility, and I'm dedicated to fostering the most welcoming space I can for you in all of your identities, abilities, beliefs, and practices. Please contact me with any questions or to schedule a free consultation!