I identify as an integrative therapist with an orientation toward the existential and transpersonal. I am radical, queer, spiritual, sex-positive, kink-aware, poly-supporting, body-centered, and aligned with social/restorative justice values. I have trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and cultural- and spiritual-centered healing practices. I frequently utilize techniques from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Narrative Therapy (NT) and more. I have supported clients manage different issues, including, but not limited to, the following topics:
That being said, I invite you to be your truest self and transparent about what brings you to therapy during our initial phone consultation and first appointment. If there is a topic you wish to discuss, but are uncertain whether I have clinical experience on the matter, please discuss with me during our initial contact.
My delivery of psychotherapy has evolved over the years the more people I have met in my career and the personal growth I have experienced along my journey. I have learned and re-learned the importance of grounding in compassion, curiosity, humility and respect. This has allowed clients to openly share their strengths, as well as their struggles, in a safe, supportive relationship. I, too, have learned the importance of facilitating structure, skills, and reciprocal feedback when requested and/or required. This has allowed clients and myself to be accountable, empowered, and challenged in order to achieve their goals in therapy. I remain conscious of ancestry, systems, culture, spirituality, and resiliency, and how these elements contribute to your process.
On our first visit you can expect us to discuss your intention(s) for therapy in more depth, and explore whether we are a good fit to address these intentions. Once affirmed, we will complete forms (click the "Forms" link on the bottom-right of the Home page) and set the framework for our psycho-therapeutic process moving forward. I can answer questions you may have of me and I will begin to ask questions to explore your hopes, your current situation, and your history. You can expect some time to be dedicated in each of our first several sessions to explore your history because it is important for me to learn about your past as it is related to the work we will do together.
During the course of therapy, I rely on the individual needs of my client, the available evidence-based practices I have learned over the years, my intuition, and our therapeutic relationship to conduct healing work.