I (she/her/hers) am an art psychotherapist, and LGBTQIA2+ ally. I treat adults across the lifespan, and have specific training in providing gender affirming care, and supporting LGBTQIA2+ individuals in navigating their lived experiences, inclusive of the unique challenges that LGBTQIA2+ folks face, because of their sexual and gender identities. I specialize in treating trauma, loss and grief, anxiety, self-esteem, relational issues, major life changes, problematic substance use, and addictive behaviors. I have experience and enjoy working with people who are LGBTQIA2+, and BIPOC, and always consider how the intersection of one’s identity, society, and culture impacts their daily experiences. I believe that therapy is a partnership that is rooted in trust, and cultivated within a safe, supportive, and non-judgmental environment. I take an intersectionality perspective, and a client-centered, strengths-based, and trauma-informed approach in my work, while drawing from a variety of theoretical frameworks to meet each client’s individual needs. My work is grounded in empathy, authenticity, unconditional respect for every client, and multicultural consciousness.
As an art therapist, I am trained not only in traditional psychotherapy techniques, but also in utilizing and guiding clients through the creative process, in support of self-expression, self-exploration, personal growth, and overall wellbeing. By incorporating art-making into client care, with a focus on process, not technical skill, I offer clients a way to transcend the limitations of language in their therapy work, should they choose to do so.
In addition to providing clinical care, I am a member of a research team that investigates embodiment experiences of trans and non-binary individuals, including phantom body parts, the impact of these experiences on the individual, and their relationship to perception and consciousness. Research is conducted by a trans-led research team, and is IRB-approved.