I have skills working with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, mindfulness meditation, and Internal Family Systems. While we can use any or all of these as needed, what I have found in my practice is that what is most effective to healing is the therapeutic relationship—that you feel comfortable opening up to me and learning about yourself with me. My aim is that we build trust, and I earn that trust through actively listening to you and learning to support your goals in your internal and external worlds. I do my best to educate myself on areas where I am ignorant or hold biases, so you aren’t in the position to have to educate me and so that I don’t replicate harm that so often happens outside of the therapy room. And at the end of the session, my hope is that while you might not feel better right away, you feel seen, supported, and a little closer to achieving the goals that brought you there in the first place.
I am a mixed-race queer woman and practice from Multicultural, Feminist, and affirming perspectives. Most of my experience so far has been working with individuals in Black, Indigenous, and communities of color, and/or with transgender and queer people. I strongly believe that prioritizing my availability to these communities is key to expanding the idea of what wellness can look like and dismantling harmful norms regarding who deserves investment.
As a clinician, I have also had extensive training and consultation regarding providing Emotional Support Animal assessments and letters in WA state. People with disabilities should have equitable access to dwellings and I am committed to this piece of disability justice.