My Approach to Helping
The first thing I want to tell my clients is that it’s ok to be shameless.
What we carry with us is often burdened under the weight of shame. This can make it challenging to open up and talk about our thoughts, feelings, and experiences. Especially difficult aspects to discuss are sexuality & intimacy. Whether it be about our mental health, relationships, or overall well-being, the stigma attached to discussing our intimate lives can often render us mute. Anxiety, depression, and other life concerns can also manifest in our intimate realms. Fear of embarrassment, judgement, or even reprisal often quashes our curiosity or need to manage various aspects of our lives. Sometimes it can be challenging to find someone to talk to about the most intimate details that are affecting our physical and mental health. I’m here to listen and to offer you space free from shame or judgment.
Issues that affect daily thriving
I have a focus in sex therapy, which means navigating issues around intimacy, communication, desire, pleasure, and functioning. I also address issues beyond the sexual realm like anxiety, life transitions, identity, trust, relationships, boundaries, and esteem. Whatever your concern, we‘ll work together to create a path toward healing.
I also work with members of the film & television industry. As someone who has worked on set (primarily as an Intimacy Coordinator), I understand the stress involved of working in a space that engages challenging personalities and equally challenging content, all during intense production schedules. Whether you're cast or crew, speaking with a therapist can help ease some pressure.
I consider myself an ‘eclectic’ therapist, which means I take ideas and techniques from various therapeutic modalities and use what I believe will work best for the client. I borrow heavily from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) which is based on the concept that a a full, rich, and meaningful life means experiencing the broad range of emotion, from ‘good’ to ‘bad’. It’s how we address and manage these emotions that can sometimes cause us problems. Rather than try to suppress or eliminate certain emotions, we’ll work to discover new ways to be with them.
My journey toward becoming a therapist has been a long one, sown with valuable experiences and education, a mixture of the awful and the amazing. As such, I do not subscribe to pathologizing a person’s experiences. My passion lies with helping others safely navigate what is happening in their lives and working toward a healthy understanding of who they are. In our sessions, you will have permission to share, question, and learn while we collaborate on you becoming the best version of yourself.
As I continue grow as a therapist, I am mindful of the privileges that have been afforded to me. I am looking forward to learning about experiences, cultures, and identities different to mine and recognize that external barriers are in place for many. As such, I work within a feminist and anti-oppressive framework, and am actively engaged in social justice work. I am part of the queer community, and am sexwork-, polyam-, and kink-friendly.