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Background and approach to therapy

Before deciding to go back to graduate school for social work, I got my bachelors degree in documentary film and then worked on several documentaries for non profit agencies in my area. While doing this work, I was working on a specific film about partner abuse in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender communities and realized that I felt much more passion about talking with survivors about their experience in validating and healing ways than I did about the final film I was making. So, after this project I moved out of filmmaking and into social work.

 

While I was in graduate school I worked at a transgender rights organization as a Community Organizer, then as the Interim Executive Director, and then as the Director of Community Advocacy. While I was in school, I had several internships where I was exposed to working with folks with a wide range of experiences. I worked for an organization providing services to older LGBT adults, an agency working with homeless families, as well as a group home for LGBT teens.

 

Since graduating with my Masters in Social Work I have been working in community mental health, predominantly with transgender and gender non-conforming youth and adults. Working with the LGBTQ+ community is certainly a passion of mine, though it's not a requirement! I've worked with many straight and cisgender (non-transgender) people as well as family members of trans people and have developed strong therapeutic relationships with all my clients. I approach therapeutic work at the intersection of multiple identities. I work alongside my clients to help them on their journey to become their best version of self in a therapeutic space where they can bring their whole selves at the intersection of all of their identities.

 

I customize the therapeutic process to meet the needs of each client and bring a range of evidence based therapeutic approaches to address the wide variety of social, emotional, and mental health concerns my clients present with. I love approaching therapy through Narrative Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Family Systems Therapy, as well as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

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