“Compassion is the capacity to meet suffering without turning away, and the unconditional motivation to relieve suffering.”
Trauma informed counseling
LGBTQIA+ affirmative counseling
Feminist Multicultural Counseling
Grief and Loss
Treatment of PTSD and trauma related issues
Treatment of self-harming behaviors
Identity development/life stage changes
Certified Social Worker, EMDR trained, Certified yoga instructor, Mindfulness Oriented Recovery Enhancement (MORE) Basic Training
As a counselor, I am passionate about using trauma-informed and multi-culturally oriented practices to foster recovery and empowerment. I am committed to collaborating with clients to understand how even the most debilitating forms of anxiety, depression, and destructive behaviors reflect and support our inherent will to survive, learn, and connect.
I incorporate attachment theory to assess how old patterns may be operating in the present and use the framework of Judith Herman’s three stages of recovery (stabilization, reprocessing, and reconnection) to guide my work. I am trained in Feminist Multicultural Theory and analysis and am LGBTQIA+ affirmative. In my work, I will respect your identities, honor your strengths, and allow you to guide the pace and direction of counseling. The most common modalities I use are Self Compassion, EMDR, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Mindfulness based interventions.
I have additional training in working with self-harming behaviors and the treatment of trauma. I am also a yoga instructor and I incorporate mindfulness skills into all of my work in order to promote a greater sense of well being.
My primary goal as a counselor is to work with you to cultivate compassion for yourself and others as you pursue your goals and discover what healing means for you. Compassion does not sacrifice growth and accountability, but offers an alternative means of motivation to self criticism, guilt, and shame. Together we will use compassion to help you learn new tools and recognize your own strengths so that in moments of suffering, you are able to feel, grow, and make choices with greater kindness and confidence.