With over 15 years of experience as a psychotherapist, I view therapy holistically, considering the interaction of a patient’s physical, emotional, cognitive and spiritual parts. I approach therapy as an exploration of both strengths and vulnerabilities, and encourage curiosity–more as an investigator than a judge–in discovering what is working and why. Building a collaborative and authentic relationship with my patients is key to good therapy, and I make allowances for how this relationship shifts, evolves and changes over time. I want my patients to know me as a person in the room with them, and strive to find humor and playfulness, in addition to addressing struggles, in therapy.
I am a sex positive therapist with experience working with individuals and couples in the kink and ethical non-monogamy communities. I am LGBTQ+ affirmative and am passionate about working with individuals exploring or questioning their identity as both adolescents and adults. I acknowledge how the wider culture impacts individuals with marginalized or fluid identities. Recognizing the challenges of having identities that continue to fight for acceptance and equality, I hold space in therapy for growth, anger, grief and celebration.
I trained as an art therapist, drawn to the field by my personal experience of art as a tool for self-expression and healing. Although I’ve worked with many patients in creative fields, I understand creativity as more than art making. For me, creativity is inherent in how people construct their values, foster relationships, and express, navigate and protect themselves in the world. In therapy, I help patients identify how they’re intuitively using their creativity, and can cultivate it in other areas of their life and relationships.
I have extensive experience working with survivors of trauma, specifically in the areas of sexual assault, child abuse and neglect, systemic oppression, and grief and loss, and recognize how traumatic experiences affect everyone differently. There’s no scale of what makes something a trauma–it can be a “big” event, a series of repeated and compounding events, or the event may not even directly impact a person. But, the result changes someone’s understanding of who they are, their relationships with other people and sense of security in the world, and can manifest as depression or anxiety. My goal in working with anyone who wants to address a trauma is to do so in an intentional way that prioritizes safety.
Whether a couple has been through a trauma, such as infidelity, the loss of a loved one or the loss of a job, are reestablishing their relationship as new parents or co-parents, or are strengthening what is already working, I see my role as a couples therapist to help couples build on what is salvageable in their relationship. I help each partner navigate the tension between the frequently conflicting needs for intimacy and closeness, alongside space and independence. Very often each partner’s needs are different at varying times in the relationship, which can create tension. I guide each partner to clearly identify their wants and needs, listen without feeling defensive, and understand how they use connection as a tool for safety, security and protection.