At a minimum, therapy needs to be a place where you feel encouraged to express an honest range of emotions and feelings. Therapy is an experience with the potential to also encourage dialogue of and exploration around thoughts and beliefs that are limiting for our lives, whether that be preventing us from making a decision and taking action we want, or changing a behavioral pattern or relationship dynamic that is no longer working the same way it used to.
During our time together, I can listen with empathy and compassion, or provide feedback and suggestions. If you are seeking specific tools and strategies, we can problem-solve together what might benefit you. If you aren’t sure what to talk about or where to start, I can help us get started with topics and questions for you to reflect on. Therapy may or may not feel straightforward, and part of my role is to help you navigate the process as it unfolds.
I frame all of psychotherapy within a broader sociopolitical context; systemic oppression means some people and identities are left with less opportunity and agency due to how resources in society are structured, which undoubtedly has significant impact on mental and physical health. People with intersecting oppressed identities are the most impacted by systemic oppression. Psychotherapy has roots in white supremacy and patriarchical values; the frame within which I view the work I do is an updated feminist, experiential and psychodynamic lens that takes history into account.
Specialties for individuals 13+:
-LGBTQIA+ identities, including exploring sexual identity and identity politics
-LGBTQIA+ teenagers and coming out
-LGBTQIA+ conception, pre and post partum and parenting
-Eating disorders and disordered eating (binge-eating, restriction, binge / purge cycles)
-Trauma and Complex (childhood) trauma
-Body Acceptance and Fat Positivity (from an allied lens)