Specialties and Expertise
There are several areas where I have significant additional expertise and experience, including training and consulting
I have extensive experience in treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and individuals with recent or historical experience with traumatic events. I focus on a holistic approach to trauma recovery, helping people to feel safe, secure, and able to accomplish tasks in the present day, as well as working towards understanding and resolving specific and general emotions and situations from the past.
I also work with people who grew up in or were involved in settings different from mainstream communities, cultures, or environments. This could mean communes, isolated communities, boarding schools or group environments, religious groups, ritual family environments, and other groups that lead to difference and involve adjustment when a separation occurs. They could be safe or unsafe, and welcome/needed/unexpected exits. Together, we can explore and address connecting to both others and yourself before, during, and after these transitions or changes.
Sexuality, Gender, and Sexual Advocacy
I am a sex educator and sexuality-affirming therapist, and I strive to help all people increase their comfort with sexuality, acknowledge sexual diversity, and identify and embrace personal sexual identities. I provide a supportive, non-judgmental space for a wide range of sexualities, including people in the LGBTQIQA... spectrum, trans and non-binary genders, polyamory and non-monogamy, sex work, BDSM, and kink. I also focus on providing non-kink and non-sexuality related psychotherapy to individuals in these communities. I believe it is important to be able to acknowledge and communicate about who we are, when it is relevant, and when it is less s0.
Support with mental illness
I work with friends and family of individuals with chronic mental illness. I can assist with support, coping skills, managing guilt and shame, and helping you to create or maintain safe, healthy, positive relationships with the people in your life with mental illness. I also offer appropriate referrals and resources.
Managing substance use and changing habits
I assist with helping to understand, identify, and manage behaviors that have an adverse impact on life. This can include use of a substance like alcohol, other drugs, or foods. It can also relate to patterns in how we manage stress, relationships, and other tasks. When addressing addiction, chemical dependency, and changing habits and behaviors, I employ harm reduction techniques to work towards increasing healthy and stable lifestyles.
Training and Experience
The following certifications and trainings highlight only a portion of the additional methods and theories I may use in my work. While my background and training draws heavily from psychodynamic theories (how our childhoods and past influence our current, past, and future perceptions and experiences), I find it vital and fascinating to learn and offer current methods and ideas. These trainings reflect my goal of learning and applying additional tools and techniques along with the traditional theories I know, use, and continue to explore. I will do my best to apply theories and skills based on what I and the client feel are the best approaches.
Level 1 certification in EMDR
Completed Gottman Method Couples therapy level 1 training
San Francisco Sex Information sex educator training and supervisor training
Supervision- Supervision of clinical trainees