I believe that the therapist-client relationship is central to the therapeutic process, so I aim to help create a safe, nonjudgmental space for this relationship to develop. I know that beginning and continuing therapy can be daunting, especially when going through a difficult time, and I honor this by tailoring my treatment approach to each clients’ needs. In this process I use humor, offer alternative perspectives, and encourage clients to make positive changes in their lives.
My style is based on the biopsychosocial model of therapy, which is grounded in the idea that mental health does not exist in a vacuum but is impacted by the systems we are a part of. Additionally, my therapeutic style draws from feminist theory, trauma informed therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and motivational interviewing. I have experience working with LGBTQIA+ individuals, victims of sexual violence, as well as individuals struggling with addiction. I am particularly interested in working with individuals that have experienced trauma around sexual violence as well as sexual and gender identity.
Prior to working in the mental health field, I obtained my PhD in chemistry. Through this experience I discovered the lack of awareness and support around mental health issues for graduate students, particularly students with marginalized identities. This experience led me to pursue a degree in social work with the hope that I can provide mental health support to individuals in need.