I came into social work in 2009 with a passion for working alongside adults living with mental illness. My clinical experience includes hospitals, drug and alcohol clinics, non-traditional day treatment programs, horticultural therapy, and private practice talk therapy.
A focus on food has been part of my practice for years: I used to run a kitchen program within a mental health agency that empowers people to connect with food, food systems, and their effects on our emotional lives. I hung up my apron and transitioned into private practice therapy in late 2016. Most recently, I was the clinical manager at Walnut Psychotherapy Center, a group therapy practice that works with queer and trans folks.
I am attuned to how attachments are formed and inform our relational patterns. From a theory perspective, I am oriented towards a psychodynamic framework—investigating how our pasts hold current positions in our lives. I encourage belief in the power of the unconscious and the hard, necessary task of bringing unconscious motivations towards consciousness. I think that softness and resiliency are not in opposition and I hope that our therapy together will uncover our capacity for both.
I am an active collaborator with my clients and think movement begins when there is an authentic, mutual investment in the therapeutic relationship. I am a conversationalist, not a blank slate. I’m warm, I’m honest. I don’t have all the answers nor do I give homework.
Areas of Focus
My practice has a wide focus, having worked with diverse people over the years, but my current areas of specific focus are:
- Polyamory, non-monogamy, and variant relationship structures
- Sex and sexuality
- Substance use
- Men’s issues and identity formation
- Religion and spirituality.
I welcome those who wish to process their experiences in high-demand groups, cults, or are survivors of spiritual abuse.
While these may be niche specialties, I’m comfortable with broader mental health concerns around depression, anxiety, family relationships, and navigating major life transitions. I recognize that most of us come into psychotherapy with the desire to talk, to process, and to sift through one’s life.