ABOUT MY PRACTICE
There are several reasons people seek therapy, and no right or wrong answers as to why you are here. Treating mental health is just as important as going to the doctor for a physical. Whatever is bringing you to this page, kudos for taking the brave step towards healing.
Therapy is not a magical, microwave-version, quick fix. It is a journey of discovery that takes time, commitment and grace for yourself. Understanding this is very helpful in the healing process, and I am here to offer a validating, open and safe environment for you to be exactly who you are.
WHO I WORK WITH
I work with individuals and families (both biological and chosen) ages 15-70+, I do not see couples or multiple relationship partnerships at the moment.
A significant focus of my practice is LGBTQ2IA+ issues, related traumas and explorations of gender and sexuality.
Other areas of expertise are:
College and Immediate Post College stress
Substance use issues
Those in long term recovery from addiction(s),
Codependency; specifically with parents or guardians of adolescents or adult children with addiction issues
Depression and Anxiety
Feelings of inadequacy and insecurity
TELEHEATH & INSURANCE
I solely provide Telehealth services due to Covid-19 and do not accept insurance at this time, however, I can offer a monthly superbill that you may submit to your insurance.
MY STYLE OF THERAPY
I consider myself an active therapist, using warmth, humor and compassion with my clients. I am direct, but down-to earth with a realistic approach to counseling. I practice from a variety of therapeutic orientations and perspectives as to best serve the individual needs of my clients. I work through an affirmative, intersectional feminist, and social justice lens, while pulling from relational, cognitive-behavioral, and psychodynamic orientations.
As a queer, lesbian identified clinician, I provide care from a cultural humility perspective and strive to be gender- affirming, anti-racist, body-positive, sex-positive and poly/non-monogamous aware.
THE THERAPY PROCESS
My clinical work is grounded in the belief that healing starts with a strong, collaborative relationship between therapist and client. One of my intentions as a therapist is to help guide you to an understanding of your own value and self-worth. In order to begin that process, I first take time to assess with you what is happening in your life that is making you feel “stuck”, what is causing any acute pain or hurt, or what struggles you are facing in order to create therapy goals that you wish to accomplish. Then we work together to bring awareness to the beliefs you have about yourself and coping skills your brain has created in order to protect you. Maybe these beliefs and behaviors that once protected, no longer serve you. You may have learned these beliefs from societal expectations, familial expectations, past traumas, experiences of oppression, or from yourself as a means to survival. We work together to process these traumas and experiences to uncover the things that seem to be holding you back from being your true authentic self and living a life of joy and peace.
APPROACHES AND MODALITIES
I use a variety of therapy approaches and modalities, depending on the needs of each individual.
Some of the approaches I pull from include:
I am a licensed marriage and family therapist in the state of Pennsylvania, and an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor in the State of California.
I graduated from Antioch University Los Angeles with a Masters in Clinical Psychology, with a specialization in LGBTQ+ Affirmative Therapy and Addiction Treatment. After completing my internship hours, I moved from California to Pennsylvania to be closer to family where I became licensed in the state.
License Number in PA: MF001186