My Approach to Helping
I bring a grounded presence and use a warm and collaborative practice approach. I focus on helping people ease anxiety and depression, navigate difficult relationships, and get clear on what they need to create a firm ground from which to connect with a deeper vision for their lives.
Those I've worked with have described me as an attuned and engaged listener and a caring and compassionate guide who will show up for their hardest moments while helping them tap into their sources of creativity, joy, and resilience. My work is healing-centered, with expertise in early childhood trauma (including sexual trauma), family conflict, divorce, and loss. I bring creativity, open-heartedness, and open-mindedness to helping people get unstuck in the areas that matter most to them. Additionally, I have specialized training in Internal Family Systems (IFS).
My approach is fundamentally rooted not only in exploring difficult emotions and experiences with compassion and tenderness but also in connecting to your strengths and watering the seeds of what makes you feel alive, connected, nurtured, and whole. Cultivating self-love is at the core of much of the work we will do together.
I weave together a practice approach rooted in mindfulness, anti-oppressive, and healing-centered frameworks. I believe deeply in the importance of creating spaces where grounded healing is relatable, empowering, and widely available. As a queer person, I understand complexity and the importance of community and connection. My work is also rooted in a sense of justice and social embeddedness, with an understanding of how individuals operate within complex webs of social forces, which inevitably explores how to engage with white supremacy, patriarchy, heterosexism, inequity, and other systemic producers of harm. Relatedly, I care about exploring the inter-generational dimensions of both pain and strength. I am deeply committed to those I work with, their paths of healing, and to staying present with them along those paths. I bring a warm, empathic sense of grounded presence and creativity about how to meet each individual person’s needs, hopes, and deepest intentions for their lives.
While I know therapy to be a transformative space in which to heal, I’ve also seen how being held in the community, connecting deeply with the earth, and connecting with one’s innate creativity can hold immense transformative power for healing. Throughout my life and career, I’ve drawn on these ideas in my own healing and my work. I’ve also engaged in training in trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) (a modality designed to address the difficulties associated with single, multiple, and complex trauma experiences) and internal family systems (IFS), a modality that holds us with nuance and complexity and that can be profoundly helpful in working through being stuck, navigating stress in relationships, and healing from past experiences.