I provide individual, couple, and family therapy. I believe that the most important aspect of therapy is to provide you with a safe space where you can freely express yourself and we can develop a trusting relationship.
I am systemically trained, which means I always consider the role of the family and the community in one’s life, even if that person decides not to include their family in counseling. I believe that a large part of wellness is having healthy, meaningful relationships, not just with others, but with ourselves. Change happens when we are honest with ourselves about what is missing in our lives, and what we need from ourselves and others.
In therapy, I use a combination of systemic, interpersonal, and humanistic approaches to develop a meaningful relationship and alliance with my clients. I also use cognitive behavorial interventions when appropriate. The goal of these approaches is to help my clients develop insight into the behaviors and relationship patterns that are not working for them, and to thus explore new ways of being. These approaches are all backed by several years of scientific and behavioral study.
LGBTAQQ clients often come to therapy experiencing significant stress resulting from living in a society where their identities are not always recognized or validated. This is known as Minority Stress. In therapy, I use the approaches described above to help clients cope with this stress in a safe environment where they can be who they are.
I treat transgender and gender non-conforming clients in adherence to the standards of care set by The World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH). I may be able to write letters of recommendation for hormones or surgery, depending on the healthcare provider.