Professional Counselor Associate
MA in Marriage, Couple and Family Therapy
Supervisor: Paula Emerick, LMFT
I'm a gender therapist who is passionate about helping clients find authenticity in identity & relationships, even during times of struggle.
1110 SE Alder Street
Provides free initial consultation
Provides telehealth services
Practicing Since: 2019
Because my clients are in the LGBTQIA+ community, they are resilient, have big hearts and inspire me every day with their authenticity. They have also had their share of heartache and loss, and many live with anxiety, depression, trauma, panic, and dissociation. In my practice, we work with the whole complex self and learn to embrace difficult or unpleasant emotions while maximizing self appreciation and love. I am a collaborator and facilitator; we can explore gender, relationships, sex & more.
Whether you're exploring your gender identity for the first time, need support coming out, or looking for referrals for gender affirming medical care, I can help! My practice focuses on queer, trans and non-binary people, including kids. I'm competent at helping clients with sexual and relational concerns (including non-monogamy, kink and BDSM) as well as gender identity and expression. I am a non-binary gender therapist with lived experience and interest in unique identities.
In addition to being part of the queer and trans community, I have worked specifically with LGBTQ+ clients for a range of concerns, from exploring gender identity and pronouns, to navigating dysphoria and discrimination, to identifying and celebrating what makes them feel most empowered. I have taken specific coursework during my graduate school training for trans and genderqueer therapy concerns. I love discussing ways to build chosen family and how to advocate for your needs.
There are countless ways to have fulfilling romantic, sexual and platonic relationships, and there is always something new to learn about our partners. I would love to help you with clearer communication, discussions about sex, exploring non-monogamy, negotiating boundaries, and more. During my Marriage, Couples and Family Therapy graduate program, I took specific courses in sex therapy and couples therapy, and I'm kink and BDSM inclusive. What unexpressed need could use your attention and care?
I have worked consistently with children, adolescent and their families both during my graduate internships and in my private practice. I have also taken specific coursework in group counseling with children and child development. My youngest client was five years old, and we had a blast! I feel comfortable exploring concerns around school, family relationships, identity exploration, and more. I use a gentle and curious approach so kids and teens can go at their own pace.
It's an unfortunate reality that many have barriers to accessing resources for emotional needs, and that can result in depression, panic, and suicidal thinking. I am comfortable discussing suicidal ideation and thoughts that may be overwhelming to talk about to loved ones in day to day life. Let's find ways to help keep you safe and cope with life's stressors without shaming your experience of suicidal thoughts. I am not a crisis counselor but will provide education and options for emergencies.
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