“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.” – Carl Rogers
I believe that the therapeutic relationship is the primary vehicle for change and growth. I use a client-centered and strength-based approach. I am committed to creating an environment in which you can feel safe, heard, and understood. Using this relationship as the foundation for therapy, I seek to assist you in achieving insight and growth. I believe that you are the expert of your own life, and that my role is to hold space for you and facilitate the discovery of your own strengths.
I tailor my use of interventions and theories to every individual client, as every person comes in with their own unique background, strengths, needs, relationships, and goals. I generally practice with a mix of Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy, Somatic Experiencing, and Internal Family Systems. I believe it is important to understand the cyclical relationship between thoughts, feelings, and actions, and to practice mindfulness and acceptance in order to best cope with the challenges in our lives. Delving into and understanding past relationships can be essential to understanding and working on our present relationships; I will meet you where you are.
I identify as queer, polyamorous, and nonbinary. The majority of my counseling practice is working with clients who are LGBTQIA+ and/or practice non-normative relationship styles, such as polyamory. I am particularly passionate about working with clients struggling with their gender identity, sexuality, or non-traditional relationships.
I believe that a healthy self-image, a strong sense of self-worth, a toolbox of healthy coping mechanisms, and healthy relationships are at the root of living a fulfilling life. My job is to help you improve your quality of life.
“Perhaps the biggest tragedy of our lives is that freedom is possible, yet we can pass our years trapped in the same old patterns…We may want to love other people without holding back, to feel authentic, to breathe in the beauty around us, to dance and sing. Yet each day we listen to inner voices that keep our life small.” ― Tara Brach, Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha