“There is light in darkness, you just have to find it." ~ bell hooks
My Approach to Therapy
As a warm and empathetic person, I strive to be non-judgmental, open-minded, and compassionate. I take a strength-based and person-centered approach to therapy, meaning that while I see myself as a consultant in peoples’ journeys toward enhanced wellness, I work in a collaborative way that keeps the client’s goals and priorities front and center. I believe clients are the experts on their own lives.
I employ techniques from a number of different counseling models and approaches. Models I tend to utilize most often are solution-focused brief therapy, narrative therapy, emotionally focused couples therapy, and mindfulness-based therapy.
I understand how systemic oppression (e.g. racism, sexism, ableism, homophobia, transphobia) contributes to symptoms related to anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress, and substance dependency. I approach these issues by working with clients from within feminist, LGBTQ+-affirmative, and trauma-informed frameworks, which helps to facilitate the re-discovery of strengths and the courage to challenge oppression with empowerment, self-love, and confidence.
During our time together, I will listen to your story, offer reflections, and ask questions in order to gain clarity and discover the deeper and richer meanings within your narrative. Together, we will work to understand your pain and to mutually identify your strengths, resources, and desired future. I respect that this is your personal journey and I feel privileged to be a witness to your growth, self-discovery, and enhanced wellbeing.