My Approach to Helping
To me, healing necessarily occurs within the context of authentic relationships, particularly when healing from traumas, be they interpersonal, collective, andor systemic. As a queer clinician, I am passionate about providing affirming and empowering care that honors clients’ unique resilience, adaptability, and sociocultural values. Using a relational-cultural lens, I enjoy taking a collaborative and strengths-based approach, curiously and compassionately exploring with clients all aspects of their identities, relationships, and experiences of the world. I strive to hold a grounding space for clients to find safety within their own bodies and minds, while remaining sensitive to the impact of intersecting systems of oppression, which also necessitates my own ongoing self-reflection, accountability, and community-connectedness.
I take a very collaborative and affirming approach to therapy, connecting with clients where they are at and working together towards their self-identified goals. I engage with each client through a uniquely tailored and trauma-informed lens to support them in understanding their symptoms and coping behaviors within the context of their past experiences and survival adaptations. I believe that healing occurs within relationships and so often use here-and-now dynamics within the therapeutic relationship to build insight with clients into their interpersonal patterns and the relational cycles in their lives. To me, a successful therapy session leaves clients feeling heard, validated, and empowered.