I enjoy working with a wide variety of individuals, including children, adolescents, and adults. Typical concerns include anxiety, depression, relationships, past trauma, and self-esteem.
I am trained in Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT). This approach sees you and your partner as both longing for a feeling of connection to the other, and that this is a primary need for survival. In our work together, we’ll uncover the “dance” that you and your partner engage in every time you argue or become distant. Then we’ll change the music you’re dancing to. We’ll explore the underlying needs and emotions that lead to distress, develop understanding and empathy between partners, and foster new ways of feeling connected.
I have worked with people in volatile or abusive relationships, and with people who have experienced sexual abuse/violence, physical abuse, or a chaotic/unloving home environment. You are not alone and you are not broken.
Even it you don’t identify your experience as traumatic or abusive, you may be tired of being called “too sensitive”, tired of feeling like you’re not good enough or a fraud, and ready to connect with the real you that has been hiding behind a mask.
It can be difficult to navigate your way through a world that sometimes is hostile to your very existence. Whether you have always known you are queer or are trying to figure out if there is a place for you within the community, our work together starts with feeling safe, accepted, and seen during the therapy hour. We can then address your unique concerns, from coming out, finding the affirming care you need, living authentically as yourself, to whatever other challenges you face.
As a trauma-informed therapist, I have a special interest in the intersection of trauma and gender identity/sexual orientation. It is common for sexual abuse survivors to experience distress and confusion around their gender and sexuality. Part of therapy in these cases is to let go of the trauma so that you can enjoy your unique and wonderful identity free from shame and doubt.