I am a transgender, mostly gay, white woman who is passionate about mental health care for the queer, trans, polyamorous/ENM, and kinky communities.
I’m a graduate of the MSW program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. My hobbies include writing, cooking, nerding out about animation, tabletop roleplaying games, and video games.
What it’s like to work with me: I firmly believe that a caring and supportive therapeutic relationship is the most important part of healing. I prefer an eclectic approach, drawing tools from different sources depending on the needs you express instead of sticking to one theoretical approach, because you are the expert on you.
Trauma Informed Therapy: My primary background is in trauma-informed approaches to cognitive-behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing, as well as some work in parts therapy/IFS, DBT, hypnotherapy, and narrative therapy. I also have experience in crisis counseling. We can discuss which approaches might work best for you and use informed consent in choosing modalities. If you’re especially interested in any IFS, DBT, hypnotherapy, etc please let me know.
Couples and Relationship Therapy: My approach to working with couples and polycules is based on moving past blame and being “right” to responsibility and cooperation. I believe that we heal the world by healing each other and heal each other by healing the world, and view therapy as a tool to accomplish that healing and build the resilience and strength to find and grow the good in this world.
Therapeutic D&D and Gaming: I am also a certified Therapeutic Game Master, and proud to be able to offer therapeutic D&D groups that use gameplay and roleplaying to work on a variety of issues, including social functioning/anxiety, exploring identity, trauma, and phobias. I am also able to bring elements of this approach into individual therapy for interested clients. I am also working to provide groups using other tabletop roleplaying games in the future.
Gender Identity: Whether you’re considering and exploring your own gender identity or expression, or are comfortably situated as gender expansive, trans, nonbinary, or another gender and just want a therapist who has some shared lived experience there, I’d love to work with you.
Ages: Teens and Adults
Supervisor: Tavi Hawn