I love being a therapist because I enjoy getting to know and learning alongside my clients. Within a trusting relationship, I will do my best show up for you genuinely, respectfully, and honestly. Together, we will create a space that cultivates vulnerability and a strong collaborative working relationship.
I primarily approach therapeutic work from a relational-existential perspective, and draw on elements of somatic processing, ecopsychology, feminist psychology, and trauma-informed practices. This means that when we are working together, I pay attention to how relationships impact your life and your frame of reference for relationships. I am also interested in thinking about autonomy, decision-making, responsibility, and sense of meaning in your life. Coming from a somatic and trauma-informed background means I have a deep appreciation for our experience as embodied beings, honoring the ways that our bodies and minds carry hardship and potential for healing with us.
One of my main areas of specialty is working with members of the LGBTQIA+ community, whether that is exploring one’s gender identity or sexuality, navigating coming out, considering or going through transitioning, relationship and sexual concerns, coping with homophobia and/or transphobia, or looking for community. As a queer transgender person and therapist, I am particularly thankful to be able to give back to my community by providing a safe, knowledgeable, and welcome therapeutic relationship.
I am happy to meet clients interested in therapy for a variety of reasons, and my areas of specialty include:
● Trauma/ PTSD
● Major life transitions and adjustment
● Interpersonal relationship difficulties
● Identity and existential exploration
As a therapist, I believe it is also important to take care of my own well-being (I’m a person too!). I do so by spending time with loved ones, exploring natural spaces, reading, and baking. I consider therapeutic work to be one facet of my broader life’s work, which is centered around building communities that are life-affirming and sustaining for all. I am also involved with numerous community and advocacy organizations in the areas of LGBTQIA+ rights and support, sustainability and ecological well-being, reproductive justice, racial justice, and social justice broadly.
I am currently obtaining my doctorate in clinical psychology at Point Park University, accept low-cost sliding scale payments based on economic need, and work with clients via telehealth.