Over the course of my career as a clinical social worker, I have increasingly focused my work on providing LGBTQI-affirming psychotherapy to individuals who have experienced trauma, in its many interpersonal and systemic forms. As a white cis queer therapist, I continue to educate myself on the privileges and power dynamics inherent in my own social position in relation to my clients, and openly work from an anti-oppression framework.
My work with each client is integrative and dynamic. My “home base” is in contemporary feminist psychodynamic therapy (e.g. “top-down” talk therapy), but I am trained in/frequently utilize more “bottom-up” interventions from EMDR, Internal Family Systems (IFS), and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy to tailor my approach to a client’s presenting needs. I have completed training with MAPS in MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy, with an intention to become certified to offer MDMA-assisted therapy for the treatment of PTSD/trauma once it is cleared by the FDA and legalized as a medicine (expected around 2023). In the meantime, I welcome to my practice individuals who are seeking therapeutic support in integrating their personal psychedelic healing work.
I’m a firm believer that a person will not feel safe exploring difficult areas in therapy if they don’t feel comfortable with and understand the human sitting across from them. Therefore, I want you to see my personality and sense of humor as we collaborate, so that we can build a strong working relationship built on trust and mutual understanding. I am an active therapist! I don’t like sitting back and asking “how does that make you feel?” I like to offer interpretations, suggestions and questions with your input to assist us both in reaching a deeper understanding. Most of all, I am open to your feedback about whether things are working for you.
I obtained my Masters in Clinical Social Work from the University of Chicago, and hold a previous Masters in Anthropology and Women’s & Gender Studies from Brandeis University. My practice experience has mainly been in community-based mental health, with a special focus on the health and human rights of historically marginalized communities.
My specialty areas include:
- LGBTQI experiences, with a special focus on providing affirming counseling to trans, non-binary and gender nonconforming individuals
- Trauma (interpersonal, developmental/attachment, systemic/oppression)
- Individuals living with HIV/AIDS and other chronic medical conditions
- Depression and anxiety
- Grief and loss
- Intimate partner violence
- Recovery from substance use and other addictions (I utilize a Harm Reduction model of treatment)
- Exploring relational dynamics and concerns (e.g. family, friendships, intimate partners, dating, divorce or separation)