Approach to Therapy
Perhaps you feel stuck. Perhaps you’re in the middle of a life transition and feel lost or overwhelmed. Perhaps you notice yourself repeating patterns with others and want to try something new.
You’re not alone in this. My goal is to create a therapeutic relationship with you that’s safe and non-judgmental. I work to understand important aspects of your identity, recognize your experiences within your social context, and identify how you can regain control in your life.
Attending therapy, even if you’ve been in it before, can be scary. It’s a courageous step to say that you want support or space for yourself. Through this courage, I believe feeling empowered is possible.
Common diagnoses or presenting concerns of people with whom I work include:
Trauma and Abuse
Gender and Sexual Identity Development
Grief and loss
I use an Emotion-Focused and Feminist approach to therapy. I seek to understand how you’re feeling, how your emotions impact your thoughts, actions, and body, and how your relationships are then affected. I also believe everyone is impacted by the various identities they hold, such as gender, race, and sexuality, and I want to know how these parts of yourself impact how you perceive and walk through the world. This approach allows us to dive into your experiences and find meaning that you can use to inform your choices, values, and relationships.
I seek to honor and affirm my clients’ diversity in all aspects of life and how their identities have been shaped by their unique experiences in the world as cultural beings. I recognize that cultural similarities and differences between myself and clients may impact our therapeutic relationship, and I will strive to understand this impact with my clients. I am a therapist who affirms and values clients’ whole selves and specific identities, which include, but are not limited to race, socio-economic status, gender identity, gender expression, ability status, religious or spiritual beliefs or non-beliefs, sexual and romantic identities.