Growing up, I never knew quite where I fit in. In high school I hung with a group of misfits known, for lack of a better definition, as "the tree group." I didn't understand until later that we were drawn to each other by our commonalities--we all came from difficult homes, were various kinds of queer, and generally not easily shoved into a box. The one thing I did know about myself for sure was that I was filled with constant anxiety.
Coming to terms with my own beliefs and desires as a queer misfit, not to mention generalized anxiety disorder, wasn't easy. As I wound my way through a graduate degree and licensure in counseling, I found myself seeking out the kind of help I wanted to someday provide. I am forever grateful to the healers that helped me understand who I am and my own worthiness in the world.
Now I'm happy to be able to guide others through their journeys of self discovery and compassion. The foundation of my counseling practice is non-judgment. You are exactly as you are meant to be. My goal is to align with you to get what you are wanting or needing in your life.
My practice is sex positive, body and fat positive, gender affirming, queer affirming, and kink-knowledgeable. You name it, I've probably supported someone through it. I'd be happy to do the same for you.
Counseling With Me
I have a strong foundation in a few specific therapies. I have extensive training in mindfulness, self-compassion, and Brené Brown's work in shame, vulnerability, belonging and bravery. I'm also highly trained in sexual and gender affirming therapies. I can also competently use modalities such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, DBT, and motivational interviewing. All told, I have over 15 years of experience in the mental health field.
You'll hear me talk about shame and how it keeps us stuck. You'll receive training in mindful practices such as meditation, body scans, and visualization exercises. You'll explore your own values and ways that shame and fear get in the way of living from those values.
Most importantly, though, we will focus on what is important to you. I have no agenda for your work. I am your employee. We'll keep searching together until you feel satisfied you've achieved your goals.