“Once we begin to feel deeply all the aspects of our lives, we begin to demand from ourselves and from our life-pursuits that they feel in accordance with that joy which we know ourselves to be capable of.” – Audre Lorde
To be your therapist is to be your collaborator in honoring the power of your feelings. I believe you to be the expert on your Self, and will work with you to navigate stressors and challenges specific to your experience. Together, we will develop and work towards your goals with compassion, empowerment, and insight-oriented dialogue.
My approach integrates the process work of psychodynamic therapy, the practical skills of dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and the application of both client-centered and interpersonal psychotherapy. In my work, I emphasize the interconnectedness of the mind and the body, the values of neurodiversity, and the importance of both safe and brave spaces. Together, we will collaborate with one another to cultivate a deeper sense of self and create opportunities for growth. Our sessions will help you build the skills you need to move towards the self you desire to see.
Gender-affirming care, sexual diversity, and centering marginalized experiences define my clinical interests. As a therapist, uplifting these voices in conversations of mental health is an ethical responsibility. As a nonbinary, neurodivergent, queer individual, it is also a personal one. I recognize the impact of systemic oppression and colonialism on mental health and invite these topics to the therapeutic space.
I also provide evaluations for individuals seeking gender affirming healthcare. These evaluations are designed to understand your personal relationship to your gender and how gender affirming healthcare can best serve your needs. They are not based in binaries, performance, or expression, but rather in individualized experience. Additionally, I am a registered psychology associate working under the license of Dr. Malouf and a doctoral student of clinical psychology at Loyola University. This means that any letters I write count towards doctoral level license requirements. Click here to learn more.
- M.S. Clinical Psychology, Loyola University of Maryland
- B.A. Psychology and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Emory University
- Psychology Externship, Loyola Clinical Center
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