I offer an open, non-judgmental space where you can speak honestly about your thoughts and experiences while building skills and working towards your personal goals. I often incorporate mindfulness and somatic (body-focused) exercises in therapy, as I have seen the way those practices aid in regulating emotions, fostering a sense of safety in the nervous system, and releasing stress (and trauma) held in the body.
Some areas that I am especially passionate about working with are anxiety, life-transitions, self-esteem, sex therapy, relationships, existential questioning, trauma, sexual assault and chronic pain. I work with teens, adults and couples/partners.
As a queer, trauma-informed LGBTQIA+ affirming therapist, I enjoy working together to deconstruct the social scripts, pressures and ‘shoulds’ that often get in the way of growth, healing and liberation. Then comes the fun and challenging part of self-discovery, curiosity and imagination – to explore what you value, what excites you and drives you. We will work together to highlight the ways you are already showing up for yourself while identifying what thoughts, behaviors and environments are no longer serving you.
My therapeutic approach is collaborative meaning that we will work together to come up with a plan of action that best supports your goals. Some styles of therapy I tend to incorporate are Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Somatic Therapy, Emotion-focused therapy (EFT), Strength-based therapy, Narrative therapy, Sex therapy, Internal Family Systems (IFS), Problem Solving therapy and Mindfulness-Based Therapy.
My Professional Background
I received my Bachelors degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Mental Health and Culture. Specifically, I explored the role of ‘self’ and ‘non-self’ in Buddhist and Western psychological wellness practices. After graduating, I worked as the Client Services Coordinator at a Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and psychiatry practice.
I have experience facilitating mindfulness groups for children with ADHD and/or Anxiety as well as DBT skills groups for middle and high school aged clients. I also have experience leading compassion-focused mindfulness practices and contact improvisation movement activities. Most recently, I have been trained to work with survivors of sexual violence as a Sexual Assault Counselor. In that training, I enhanced my abilities to be trauma informed and culturally sensitive.
Education, Training, and Certifications
- Masters in Social Work from University of Southern California
- Emory University, BA in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Mental Health and Culture
- Certified Sexual Assault Counselor
- Motivational Interviewing
- Problem Solving Therapy
- Cognitive Behavior Therapy
- Emotion-focused therapy
- Cognitively-Based Compassion Training
- Working with LGBTQ+ clients training
- Beyond Monogamy training
- Integrative Sex and Couples Therapy Intro Training
I enjoy playing ukulele, singing, dancing, swimming, hiking, and connecting with the people around me. I feel most inspired when surrounded by water, nature, and music.