“We must realize that we can endure a lot of pain and pleasure for the sake of finding out who we are and what this world is.” – Pema Chödrön
Currently in school at University of Maryland School of Social Work – Behavioral Health, Projected Graduation, May 2023
Currently accepting clients for a waitlist.
What’s therapy with me like? I focus on Queer and Trans individuals, trauma/complex PTSD, and depression, utilizing Person-Centered Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Trauma-Informed Therapy (I’m still finding out!).
These modalities put the client in the driver’s seat of their own healing and recovery. The client gets to choose which issues to tackle, and how they feel safe doing so. As the client begins to see the positive impact of their own work, their sense of self-efficacy grows, and so does their own sense of agency about what they want their life to look like. These differ from more outlined therapy modalities because there is no externally set timeline or workbook, just patient-driven collaboration on practical problem solving.
How I’ve kept learning… I am currently deeply involved in learning through my graduate classes in clinical interventions, therapy techniques and forms of therapy. This summer I am attending my first silent meditation retreat! Lately I have been reading Shambhala Classics on Insight Meditation, as well as Complex PTSD: From Surviving to Thriving by Pete Walker, Trauma and Recovery by Judith Lewis Herman, and The Queer and Transgender Resilience Workbook by Anneliese Singh.
Who do I work with? Individuals ages 18 – 55 (at this moment, I am taking couples and family therapy courses in the fall)
My impacting identities are… I am a white butch; I use she/they pronouns and like to call myself a she/her boy. I am deeply steeped in the queer community, as well as a musician and a bartender. My creative practice is very important to me, and I think that having a creative and/or community outlet is key to wellbeing. I come from a working class background, dropped out of college for many years, and am the first college graduate in my family — I do not think that one must follow a typical life path in order to be “successful.” I also have had a great deal of experience in polyamory/consensual non-monogamy, found that it did not serve my needs, and am now monogamous. I have a robust conceptual framework on this issue and am eager to serve others who may have had similar experiences.
I feel allied/aware/part of/informed/knowledgeable about… LGTBQ+ community (part of/knowledgeable), CPTSD (Childhood Trauma) (part of/knowledgeable), and creatives (allied/knowledgeable).
I am the best fit for a client who… is seeking firm but gentle no-nonsense collaboration. I will affirm your worth and value as an individual while I challenge the stories that you tell yourself which limit your own possibilities for satisfaction. You inherited those stories through no fault of your own, and we can dismantle them together.
I am not a good fit for a client who… is not interested in being an active collaborator, or is seeking specific therapeutic techniques that I am not yet trained in.
What makes me unique? I have become a practitioner later in life, and in my journeys have met many different kinds of people, and have empathy for them all. I identify as a weirdo and I love weirdos. I love people who are making their own path in this world. I know from experience that it is difficult to follow one’s own light, and I want to support others on that path.
The Practical Stuff
What insurances do I accept? I am currently not in network with any insurances, but I offer therapy for a sliding scale between $30-70, based on what the client can afford.
Do I offer telehealth or in person sessions? During Covid, I am offering teletherapy and in person therapy!.
Am I taking on new clients? Currently accepting clients on a case by case basis.
The Fun Stuff
Did you know… While I sunbathe, meditate, and study Buddhism, I also watch absolutely trash dating shows.
Any pets? I am a kindly uncle to my roommate’s lab/cattle dog mix!
What I’ve Learned Lately
- Job interview workshop, Dr. Doug Dluzen, September 2022
- Intro to Bono Counseling: Clinical Applications for Volunteers, Pro Bono Counseling, October 2022
- Neurodiversity Training, Eddie Lomash, LCPC, November 2022
How to Give me A Buzz
The best way to contact me is…by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.