My Approach to Helping
The decision to begin a therapeutic journey can be daunting yet richly rewarding. I strive to create a safe, collaborative, and supportive space to gain a deeper understanding of yourself, your experiences and personal dynamics to promote a more balanced and fulfilling life. I offer the opportunity to work from a mind, body, and soul connection, and enjoy offering meditation, mindfulness, and somatic work as a supplement to traditional talk therapy. I am committed to a therapeutic process that fosters a strong and stable sense of self, creativity, and resiliency, while valuing diversity and each individuals unique journey and goals.
I am a culturally sensitive, LGBTQ+ affirmative therapist, with a deep commitment to multicultural competence, and a compassionate understanding of the sociocultural and systemic factors that influence individual development and well being. There is great value in the experience of being understood and feeling free to be our authentic selves.
"The language by which we have been taught to dismiss ourselves and our feelings as suspect is the same language we use to dismiss and suspect each other." -Audre Lorde
More Info About My Practice
As a licensed Professional counselor and Psychotherapist I have worked in a variety of settings to include community mental health, hospital settings, residential treatment, forensic programs and private practice. I have considerable experience working with clients facing challenges related, but not limited, to relationship and interpersonal concerns, histories of trauma, mood instability, grief and loss, depression, anxiety, psychosis, adjustment difficulties, and recovery from addiction.
In my life and practice collective gathering is a deeply rewarding and rich experience. Please inquire for more information on therapy groups forming now.
Had a Negative Therapy Experience?
My experience has led me to work with many people who come in with a previous negative therapy experience. I believe goodness of fit with your therapist is of utmost importance. I encourage clients to share and explore past therapy experiences with me to get a good understanding of what was helpful and what was not. This is an important step in building a therapeutic relationship. My approach to therapy is exploratory and non pathologizing.
Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed
We are in a society that pushes us to avoid pain and what we label as negative feelings. We are often told to "just get over it", "stay strong" or simply that our feelings do not matter. We are often taught that we should be happy at all times and if we aren't something is wrong with us. Many are quick to give us a fix, or solution, when we are really needing to be heard, to regain our voice. There are also various cultural dynamics that may bring reluctance to seeking support outside of the family. Allowing ourselves outlets to express ourselves, and a full range of emotion, is part of the human experience. It takes great strength and courage to share our experiences, and to work towards increased insight, growth and development. Connection is key to our well being. Therapy provides a space for this and is a part of self care and compassion.